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Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Digital Field Guide Paperback – May 10, 2010

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ISBN-13: 978-0470648636 ISBN-10: 0470648635 Edition: 1st

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'...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

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (May 10, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470648635
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470648636
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #855,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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72 of 74 people found the following review helpful By AdamSmythe on May 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
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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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 17, 2010
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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 By David Lamkins on 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 By DRavideditor on 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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