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Canon EOS Rebel T2i / 550D: From Snapshots to Great Shots Paperback – July 3, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0321733917 ISBN-10: 0321733916 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: From Snapshots to Great Shots (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (July 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321733916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321733917
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape to travel to urban photography. Widely known as the photographer behind the popular Photowalk Pro blog (revellphotography.com/blog), Jeff shares inspirational images, hosts lively discussions, and creates tutorials on digital photography techniques. In addition, he leads training classes and hands-on workshops on digital imaging technology around the globe.

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Jeff Revell has been shooting professionally for more than 25 years, and has a wide range of expertise in everything from landscape photography to travel and urban photography. As an early adopter of digital technology, he has been on the leading edge of digital imaging technology, education and instruction.

Perhaps best known as the photographer behind the popular "PhotoWalk Pro" blog, each weekday Jeff shares step-by-step tutorials on digital photography technique and editing of digital images. The worldwide appeal of Jeff's site, along with his live PhotoWalks have made him one of the most sought-after and trusted sources for digital photography training and education.

Customer Reviews

Very well written and easy for a novice to understand.
Rene Glazer
I ended up buying myself the same camera and got my own book so I could learn basics about taking pictures with my Canon.
DKRitt
Well worth having as a reference book in your library.
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104 of 106 people found the following review helpful By D. Monroe on August 2, 2010
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I'm no pro photographer, but simply got tired of the slow response times and sub-par quality from the various point-and-shoot camera's I've owned over the years, and bought the Canon T2i. The camera is excellent and was well worth the investment. To go beyond the "full-auto" most everyone uses with the point-and-shoots, I wanted something to teach me about all of the features of this powerful camera. I looked at several books, and this one caught my eye, especially based on it's review for the T1i camera. I took a chance and bought it, and am extremely impressed. This book not only goes through all of the camera's photo features, but it actually teaches you the what, how, why, when, and where to use them all, with great examples, and even assignments at the end of each chapter. It's very well written, with sample photos, and descriptions of how they were each taken. There are a lot of tips, with easy-to-follow instructions for every feature and menu. After only going through a few chapters, I've already started taking better photos that I ever would have without this book. If you're a pro, you already know what's in this book. For those like me who just wanted to upgrade, this book will help you greatly to learn what you want to know about photography, and how to use the T2i to achieve the great results you want and need. What's a histogram and what does it tell you about the picture you just took? What is ISO and why is it better to turn off auto-ISO and use the ISO button on the camera instead? This book has the simple and easy to use answers. I was excited when I bought this camera, but this book has made me even more so since I'll now be able to use all of the cool features this camera has to offer. One thing to note: this book only touches upon the video features of the camera, but I didn't buy the camera for that anyway. The manual that came with the camera tells you how to shoot video, and that's good enough.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Shoaff on September 6, 2010
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I do not take pictures for a living, but have take a photography class in college. I've used SLRs in the past and just upgraded to a Canon T2i and I was looking for a book to help me get back into thinking like a photographer. This book caught my eye in the bookstore and I checked to see if it was available in the Kindle app for the iPad. Trying to go digital in my bookshelf because of the iPad and i thought it would be better to have digital reference books with me when I am out taking pictures.

In general the book is amazing. The one thing I appreciate most is the photography assignments at the end of the chapters. This is helping me to keep focused in practicing a specific subject with my new camera. The book is laid out very nicely with great photos and helpful instruction throughout. The author focuses on photo, buy touches on video, and gives you access to two additional chapters on using the camera for film. A very nice, unexpected bonus. I think the author says it best when describing his book is that it is for those wanting to go beyond the manual. Knowing the functions of the camera is important, but putting them into practice results in amazing photos. The book focuses on the latter.

Kindle owners beware - while I rated this 5 stars for the paper version, I would have to give it a 3 for the Kindle. I am disappointed that all the photos in the book are too pixilated to be useful. If you look at the paper version the photos used as examples all have text callouts highlighting areas of the photo to consider when taking your own photo. I took a chance with the Kindle verision because I wanted a portable reference guide. Since I can't read the author's notes about the photos on the images I feel i am missing something. I plan to write the publisher and author to see if they can correct this for future readers of the Kindle version.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SunscreenAl on February 23, 2011
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I am not a very experienced photographer. I bought the Canon T2i camera to take better photos. In order to understand the camera itself, I purchased this book as well as the "...For Dummies" book.

This book by Revell is written for someone who would like to spend about 8 hours in total to learn the essentials of the camera as well as some effective ways to use it. The book explains how a professional photographer thinks if he were to use this particular camera. It is not an exhaustive reference guide. It's more of a "beginner photography tutorial". You feel as if you're being mentored when reading this guide. I can imagine a conversation going along the lines of "What's this, teacher?" and the answer being "You won't need that until you've mastered this other stuff, so don't worry about it".

If you want to spend 8-10 hours in "tutorial" learning about how to use this camera, about the concepts of depth of field, white balancing, lenses, focusing, moving subjects and more, this book is pretty remarkable. I would rather learn the 50% of the things Revell thinks I should know than learning about every facet of the camera. So for me, this book worked extremely well.

Another nice feature is that there is an explanation of how the photographer thinks when taking many of the great photos that are in the book. On each photo, the parameters of the camera and the lens are detailed.

The "for dummies" book is more of a reference, whereas this book is one of those shorter guides telling you what you really need to know as a beginner hoping to reach up to the land of intermediate.

One problem: One of the step by step guides didn't mention that the camera couldn't be set to "automatic", so it took me a little while to get through that particular instruction.
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