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Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide [Paperback]

by Charlotte K. Lowrie
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May 10, 2010 0470648635 978-0470648636 1
Featuring an 18.0 megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for high image quality and speed, ISO 100-6400 for shooting from bright to dim light, and many more great features, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i brings professional features into an entry-level digital SLR. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide will teach you how to get the most out of these impressive features so you can improve your photography skills.

CHAPTER 1: Setting Up the EOS Rebel T2i/550D. – This chapter will help you set up your T2i so you can get the best image quality from your Canon T2i.  It will also cover different ways to review your images and protect them from accidental deletion.

CHAPTER 2: Controlling Exposure and Focus. – Learn about the different types of shooting modes on your T2i, as well as image exposure and how to modify it for individual shooting scenarios.

CHAPTER 3: Getting Great Color. – This chapter explores the concepts of light and color, and teaches you how to select a white balance and picture style on your T2i for maximum color rendering.

CHAPTER 4: Customizing the EOS Rebel T2i/550D. – Learn how to set up your T2i for common and uncommon shooting situations.

CHAPTER 5: Shooting in Live View and Tethered. – This chapter explains the T2i’s Live View feature and how to shoot tethered to a computer.

CHAPTER 6: Using Movie Mode. – A great starting point for any photographer to explore the world of digital video with the T2i, this chapter will teach you how to shoot and playback video on the T2i.

CHAPTER 7: Using Flash. – This chapter explores flash technology, and how to use the T2i’s on board flash and menu options for the built-in flash and for EX-Series Speedlites.

CHAPTER 8: Exploring Canon Lenses and Accessories. This chapter covers popular T2i lenses and how they impact the images you capture with your T2i.

CHAPTER 9: The Elements of Exposure and Composition. – Learn how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO affect your images, and how they work together to determine exposure. This chapter also covers the basics of composing images with your T2i.

CHAPTER 10: Event and Action Photography. – Learn how to capture action in your images, plus some tips and tricks for general event photography, including how to capture great photos in low lighting.

CHAPTER 11: Nature and Landscape Photography. – This chapter explores how to approach shooting nature and landscape images with your T2i.

CHAPTER 12: Portrait Photography. – Learn how to set up the T2i for portrait shooting,  plus information on choosing backgrounds, lighting, and other tips and tricks for taking great portraits.

APPENDIX A: Exploring RAW Capture. – This chapter contains an overview of RAW capture as well as a brief walk-through on converting RAW images into a final image.

APPENDIX B: How to Use the Gray and Color Checker cards. – Learn how to produce photos with accurate color and exposure with these free-inside-the-book tools.

A full-color, portable-trim book with beautiful photography for photographers on the go, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide includes a free Grey/Color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color.  With the Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide, you will gain a thorough understanding of the T2i dSLR, as well as the basic fundamentals of capturing the best possible photos.

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Editorial Reviews


'...covers the camera in detail, including features such as full HD help you make the most of your EOS.' (Digital SLR Photography, September 2010).

From the Back Cover

Be a rebel. Demand all your EOS Rebel T2i has to offer

Canon's flagship EOS Rebel offers you professional features, ease of use, an advanced HD movie mode, 3.7 frames per second shooting speed, and a lot of fun. This book provides a roadmap to all the settings and controls, but it does a great deal more. It guides you through effective exposure control, super color secrets, tips on using Live View, making the best lens choices, how to take videos, and advice on getting great action, nature, and portrait shots.

  • Set up your T2i to get the highest quality images

  • Learn both basic and advanced exposure techniques

  • Explore shooting modes, movie mode, and how to get tack-sharp focus

  • Refresh your knowledge of composition, exposure, and lighting

  • Learn to customize your Rebel T2i and how to add a copyright to your images in the camera

Inside – your free gray and color checker card to help you achieve accurate white balance and color

Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470648635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470648636
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.8 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #632,927 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.

Customer Reviews

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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Practical Guide May 3, 2010
This is a good guide to the relatively new (as of this writing) Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D camera. The book's size is right (you can easily take it with you), it covers all the essentials of the Canon Rebel T2i, it is not too technical, and it's straightforward and easy to read (without needless attempts at constant humor). If you have never used a digital camera before, or if you are simply new to this specific camera, you should have no problem reading, understanding and using this guide. (Photography professionals or serious amateurs are not the target audience for this book.) The author, Charlotte Lowrie, is a professional photographer with 25 years of experience, a photography teacher, and an author of 14 other camera-related books. She should have her act down pat by now, and in my opinion, she does. Although there is a combination of camera-specific information and more generalized photography content throughout this guide, the first four chapters focus primarily on learning the specifics of the Rebel T2i. Chapter 1 starts right where you'd expect--the camera's controls: front, top, rear and side. The author also covers lens controls, media cards, choosing the file format, file numbering and more. Chapter 2 is all about exposure and focus. (After all, taking a photograph is basically the process of controlling how light is exposed to and focused on a light-sensitive sensor of one sort or another.) The reader learns about the various pre-programmed shooting modes, aperture and shutter controls, ISO (sensor sensitivity), metering modes, etc. Chapter 3 is all about getting your colors the way you want, and Chapter 4 focuses on customizing the Canon T2i for your use.

I'll spend less time on the remaining chapters in order not to run too long.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't what I was looking for May 17, 2010
By eargasm
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I think my expectation might be a little different than what this book provides. It was mostly an introduction to photography while relating those terms to the use of the camera. There is alot of dulpication with the manual that comes with the camera. What I was looking for was something beyond photography for dummies. I wanted a book with tips and tricks that will produce better results as specifically related to the capabilities of the t2i. I think they have a standard book, and then insert the menue options for the camera they are covering. I wasn't impressed. The book seems very generic and it's like they took the camera manual and added pictures. The pictures they selected aren't even very good. I would just read the manual, and pick up a book on photography rather then this guide.
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39 of 47 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Riddled with errors and poorly written May 29, 2010
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Having preordered this book and received a first printing, I'm looking at a book that has been rushed to market. The overall organization and intent of the book seems good, but the numerous errors are quite distracting. I'd advise waiting for a second printing and hope that the publisher puts some additional resources into proofreading in the meantime.


Now that I've finished reading the book, the above criticism stands.

However, I'm not so sure I'd recommend a later printing if the publisher only corrected the errors. The problems with this book go far beyond inaccuracies.

I hate to say it, but this is a book that's riddled with editorial neglect. This is the kind of writing that one expects to see on amateur blogs, not in a book released by a generally respected publisher like Wiley. I had always trusted WIley as a publisher based on the many excellent Wiley computer science and math texts from the 70s, 80s and 90s that remain in my permanent collection. Whoever was in charge of editing this Digital Field Guide, though, was clearly either pressed for time or not engaged by their task.

I'd guess that a full 20% or so of the space in this book is dedicated to tedious, repetitive, boring step-by-step instructions about which buttons to push in which order to gain access to the various camera functions. This style of copy-and-paste writing serves no other purpose than to pad the page count without committing the effort necessary to create useful content. Rather than repeating slight variations of the same instruction on every third or fourth page, the author really should have written *once* about how to navigate the menu system.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Guide to Breakthrough Camera! July 15, 2010
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Perfect Guide to a Breathrough Camera. After having spent 20 plus years in film video and television my last camera I sold (Panasonic HVX-200) and bought BOTH the Canon T2i and the 7D DSLRs, outfitted for shooting HD Video and recording sound. I teach Documentary and Narrative Filmmaking, and as a person holding a DSLR for the first time, Charlotte Lowrie's Digital Field Guides are the best books I've found for both cameras.

We bought 2 more T2i cameras for our advanced HD courses, and I've been shooting all summer with the T2i and 7D, both stills and video. Where the stock smaller manual stumbles - this guide shines.

First off the layout is CLEAN, and the images and diagrams are very clear. Charlotte walks through the set up and operation of a very complex camera with just the right amount of information and images. She manages to get through all the technical information of the camera, weaving into the writing a wide spectrum of techniques related to photography - which is what good teachers do, and most manuals don't.

The chapter on video manages in 11 pages to go through the major functions of HD shooting. Her chapter on Lenses is perfect for newbies or pros getting into 35mm DSLRs.

Students have found the glossary invaluable as they move from Video to DSLRs.

Includes GREY card (which you should have) and Color Checker card (Handy for Video).

Book Holding up in the camera bag well.

Highly recommend - Dave

Dr. Dave Reiss, Assistant Professor
Towson University, Electronic Media & Film.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This book is a great field guide for your Rebel T2i. I has lots of information for getting the best shots.
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Fisher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Little Book
I take this book with me every where I go. I have really learned a lot about how to use my T2i just reading this guide. Read more
Published on February 24, 2011 by J. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital Field Guide
I am little more than an amateur photographer and found this Guide to give more understanding to digital photography espicially explaining RAW capture. Read more
Published on February 8, 2011 by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Charlotte's Book
Charlotte K. Lowrie has written a wonderful guide for the new Rebel T2i/550D camera. This book is excellent for a new owner of the camera, who is used to shooting on Auto, to... Read more
Published on December 4, 2010 by Nancy
4.0 out of 5 stars So much better than the manual
I'm a novice. I bought the Canon Rebel T2i because I intend to become a photographer. I wanted a good digital camera where you could manually manipulate the settings. Read more
Published on October 15, 2010 by Nancy Andrews
4.0 out of 5 stars Clarified some things
I am new to the photography business and was looking for something to help give me a better understanding of the basic inner-workings of my camera. Read more
Published on September 21, 2010 by V
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book
This is an excellent book for getting to know your camera. It is clearly written and well illustrated. Much better than the book that comes with the camera. Read more
Published on September 13, 2010 by Sharon L. Nold
5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative book with a lot of extras
Being a part of a weekly photography radio program, SnapShot Talk Radio, I look for different tools to help photographers of all skill levels get the most out of their cameras. Read more
Published on August 3, 2010 by JLB
4.0 out of 5 stars T2i Digital Field Guide
The Canon T2i was my introduction to the DSLR market; I have always used standard point and shoot cameras and now wish I made the switch to DSLR sooner. Read more
Published on July 23, 2010 by zp
5.0 out of 5 stars Beginner DSLR photographer and love this book!!!
I have been shooting with my Canon T2i for about 4 months now and have racked up about 10,000 photos (3,000 of those have been over the past week in Icefields parkway near Banff... Read more
Published on July 14, 2010 by R. Oden
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