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Canon EOS 40D Digital Field Guide [Paperback]

by Charlotte K. Lowrie
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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April 7, 2008 0470260440 978-0470260449 1st
In the Canon EOS 40D, speed and reliability meet superior image quality and affordability. With this handy guide, you?ll learn how to work with color spaces and white balance, use Live View, set up the 40D for your shooting style, set and evaluate exposure, and more. Get helpful tips and advice on using and modifying Picture Styles, creating customized settings for the subjects you shoot most often, and working with natural light. Just picture the amazing photos you?ll take with your Canon EOS 40D!

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Picture the images you'll capture with your 40D

In the Canon EOS 40D, speed and reliability meet superior image quality and affordability. And the more you know about your camera, the better your images will be. So don't wait another minute. Learn how to work with color spaces and white balance, use Live View, set up the 40D for your shooting style, set and evaluate exposure, and more. Get helpful tips and advice that you can use every time in this handy guide that goes wherever you take pictures.

  • Discover how to use and modify Picture Styles, and why you should

  • Create customized settings for the subjects you shoot most often

  • Explore Canon lenses

  • Work with natural light, onboard flash, and accessory Speedlites

  • Understand when and why to use RAW capture

  • Get insights for shooting action, events, weddings, stock shots, macro images, landscapes, and more

About the Author

Charlotte K. Lowrie is a freelance stock, editorial, and portrait photographer and award-winning writer. Her images have been featured on the Canon Digital Learning Center, in Microsoft publications, and in national magazines. Charlotte teaches classes, and she is the author of eight books including the bestselling Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi Digital Field Guide, Camera Raw Studio Skills, and several other Wiley titles. She is the coauthor of Exposure and Lighting for Digital Photographers Only, also from Wiley. Visit her Web site at

Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1st edition (April 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470260440
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470260449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #313,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Charlotte Lowrie is a professional photographer and an award-winning writer based in the Seattle, WA area. Beginning her career as a newspaper writer and photographer, she later moved from newspapers to corporate writing, and then to magazines. She became the founding editor and photographer of two trade magazines based in Dallas, TX.

In the mid-80s, Charlotte moved to the Seattle area and spent the 16 years as an award-winning writer and editor, and as an editorial manager for a large software company. She wrote documentation for a variety of popular consumer software programs, as well as writing software manuals. She also contributed to the ongoing redesign of instructional models for various learning systems.

During her last four years with Microsoft, she was the editor, writer, and a photographer for the MSN Photos Web site (now discontinued).

Today, Charlotte divides her time among writing books and photography magazine articles, shooting stock images, shooting editorial assignments and weddings, and making portraits for various private clients. She also teaches three monthly photography courses at (

Charlotte shoots with a variety of Canon 35mm cameras and lenses.

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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best Book To Learn The Secrets of Canon 40D May 27, 2008
The Digital Field Guide by Charlotte Lowrie is the best book to learn how to shoot the Canon 40 D at the highest and most efficient levels. Four months ago I took a big leap and went from a Kodak point and shoot camera to a Canon 40 D with four very good (and expensive) lenses. I was initially very disappointed with my images compared to ones I had shot with my Kodak camera; they weren't very sharp and the colors seemed washed out. So what did I do: I bought three books on the 40D, a DVD guide to the 40D, and took an on-line course with a professional instructor on the 40D. I bought the Digital Field Guide last, half-way through my on-line course, and only then did I really learn the secrets of the 40D.

Here is what the Digital Field Guide revealed to me: 1. The importance of Picture Styles and how/why each owner of a 40 D should explore modifying the default style settings. 2. A detailed review of the 40 D's Custom Functions with suggestions from an experienced 40 D user. 3. How to set up Camera User Settings (C1, C2, and C3 on the Mode dial). 4. Some real practical insights to using the 40 D in the field and some further insights to the 40 D and Canon lenses by listing the lenses and settings for the photos contained in the book.

The key is setting modified Picture Styles and then taking advantage of Camera User Settings. Lowrie says her modified preference is Neutral Picture Style with revised settings. That approach did not work for me, as I do not shoot in RAW, but I now have found revised Portrait, Faithful( Macro shots) and Landscape Styles for my C1-3 settings.

If this book is so good, why do I give it only a four star rating? The format and layout is confusing. In this regard, the Canon EOS 40 D Guide by David Busch is much better.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some highs and some lows September 15, 2008
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Reading the other reviews of the guide gave me a little concern, in that several people took offense at the specifically Christian references in the text. I finally decided that I wouldn't be offended if the author had been specifically Jewish, Muslim, or Buddhist, so why get my panties in a bundle about Christian references. That's who she is.
And she is very technically savy about the EOS 40D. It's almost overkill in spots, more a technical manual than a field manual. I'm not an engineer or an IT specialist, so a lot of her material, frankly, went over my head. I was hoping for simple, down-to-earth, well-illustrated instructions on the many wonderful changes in the 40D compared to previous incarnations of the 10D series. I found her explanations too wordy and too poorly illustrated.
Which brings me to my main consideration and criticism. It would seem to me that someone as well versed in the operation of the camera would take the time to learn what makes a good photograph. The illustrations taken, one would suppose, from the author's own files, would not be so amateurish. There are lots of photographs of Christian Rock concerts, snap-shot portraits of folks around the church, and weddings. None are of a professional quality.
She is, however, a technical master and if your goal is complete technical mastery of the 40D, then this may be your book. Just go out and make your own photographs. I'll bet they'll be better than what's in the book
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book September 23, 2008
I bought the Canon 40D book from reading these reviews where everyone said it was a good book and I was hoping that it was. They were right, this book has helped me so much. I have learned so many new things from this book that I would have never gotten on my own, and I'm pretty good with camera's. The author Charlotte Lowrie really explains in detail everything she talks about. I have never been very good with reading a help book and then understanding it but I learned so much from this book. I highly recommend it.
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26 of 31 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too general May 22, 2008
By J. Kaya
I bought this book and was impressed with the quality of the paper stock and photography. The author has a very clear and concise writing style, which makes her instructions easy to read and understand. The size of the book also makes it practical for stashing in my camera bag.

However, this book skimped too much on the features of the Canon EOS 40D and does not cover many of the advanced features in depth. I believe that the author could have made the book better by focusing more on the EOS 40D features and capabilities instead of devoting almost 2/3 of the book to general photography. As a result, I give this book 3 stars despite its strengths.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I read three books on the 40D July 23, 2008
Long story short: 1st choice Charlotte K Lowrie, 2nd choice David D Busch
and 3rd Rob Sheppard.
Now for long story. Having read Lowrie's books before I knew I could glean some good information from this book. This book is in color, a must. Lowrie's tables are easy to read and understand, the index has everything you can imagine in it.
I find myself going back to this book all the time. Example; 4th of July, index, fireworks photography, page 228-229, shutter speed 1-2 seconds, and I'm off to the party. I ordered Lowrie's book on the 5D just to read it, even though I'll probably won't buy the 5D camera. I have found mistakes in all of the books. Page 30, image 1.14, after reading the caption, I thought I bought the wrong lens and went to Canon's web site to see if there was 24-70 "IS", no, but I wish or on page 33, 25-105 f/2.8L IS USM. Wouldn't that be a great lens if it were real. There was one more about that 24-70 "IS" page 34. Any one of these authors could do a better job of writing an owners manual than Canon. For me Lowrie's book is the best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon Book for Basic
This is a good book. It takes you through the basics of the camera which one needs. Terminology is focus of book is good.
Published 2 months ago by Ornate D. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Lowrie's book and Busch's work together for me
David Busch's book is the sort of guide I would expect to come with a $3000 camera when I buy it but it doesn't. I use it in conjunction with the Lowrie book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jackie
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent manual
Gave me some good primers on use of this camera. Good information on Canon lenses and capabilities. Very thorough and clear explanations.
Published 8 months ago by Louis A Sousa
5.0 out of 5 stars irreplaceable
Very good information about the use of the 40D. It is a must for the 40D ownners. Very useful. Highly recommended. With the help of this book I am relly enjoying my 40D. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Canon Field guide
Not veryhelpful at all, more confusing if anything. Buy rights I should have returned. At first thought I"d bought a religous hand book.
Published 12 months ago by Robert Chiore
5.0 out of 5 stars Da kine field guide
This has EVERYTHING you need to know about your 60D. I bought a 40D field guide for a friend who has one and that guide is just as good.
Published 12 months ago by J. Flynn
4.0 out of 5 stars Thorough
I can tell that this guide is very thorough but that's about all I can say. I have leafed through several photography guides, including this one, and the information boggles my... Read more
Published 13 months ago by L. B. Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Book
Very good read. tons of quality tips and instruction. I recommend this book highly. Pick one up today and enjoy that Canon!
Published 13 months ago by William Douglas Purkey
5.0 out of 5 stars Great "Cliff Notes" version of my Canon manual !
Love having this quick reference guide so I don't have to thumb through the entire manual to answer a simple question.
Published 13 months ago by M. Bennett
2.0 out of 5 stars Where's the Beef
This book had great promise and I did pick up a few pointers, but the author seemed to be lacking direction or inspiration. Read more
Published 16 months ago by hkcrit
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