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Canon Rebel T1i/500D: From Snapshots to Great Shots [Paperback]

by Jeff Revell
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October 19, 2009 0321647254 978-0321647252 1
This book is for anyone who upgrades from their point-and-shoot or first DSLR to a Canon Rebel T1i/500D and wants to get the best shots possible but isn't sure what to do next. There's the manual, of course, as well as competing books, and while they all tell camera owners, often in 400+ pages, what the camera can do, none of them shows them exactly how to use their camera to create great images!

This book has one goal: to teach Canon Rebel T1i/500D owners how to make great shots using their Canon camera. It teaches them how to use their T1i/500D to create the type of photographs that inspired them to buy the camera in the first place. Everything in the book is in service of creating a great image. Starting with the top things they need to know about their camera, the author then carefully guides readers through the modes of the camera. Users will get practical advice from a pro on which settings to use when, great shooting tips, and even end-of-chapter assignments that will allow T1i/500D owners to immediately put to use all the great info in each chapter.

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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 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.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (October 19, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321647254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321647252
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #463,114 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Bunch December 9, 2009
By Joseph
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I bought a T1i a few weeks ago as my first SLR camera. I shopped a few different "T1i specific" books, and found this one to be the best, by a long shot. The others all seemed to be a bit too much of an "expanded manual", in that they taught the reader how to use the camera and all its settings (in a much better way than the included manual), but didn't do a great job of teaching great photography. (example- it will show you how to adjust your ISO, without explaining what ISO is, and when you would want to adjust it).

Other photography books (not specific to any particular model camera) were simply not adequate because if i wasn't learning how to use MY camera, the book wasn't helpful. Jeff Revell's book found the perfect balance between the other books. He teaches the basics (and some advanced techniques), easy to understand for a first time SLR owner, and does it while teaching you how to use YOUR camera (assuming you own the T1i). He also has a ton of great examples in there of great shots he took, and the settings and circumstances that produced those shots. I'll re-read this again soon to perfect some of the tips and techniques.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This author is great! January 26, 2010
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This author is GREAT! I purchased several books on the canon rebel T1i and this has to be my favorite! Straight to the point and with lots of information. There are even some fun assignments at the end of each chapter. If you are looking to use your camera in a more creative way this book is it!
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice Layout November 25, 2009
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A very well planned out T1i guide integrating general photography principles and practices. I like the size of the book, particuarly that the pages are slightly wider making it tend to stay open easier. I don't have to hold the corner down with another book or some other heavy weight if I choose to take my hands off the book. The assignments at the end of chapters are a great learning tool.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good beginner book/only one issue March 15, 2011
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I was looking for a book specific to my camera, the Canon Rebel t1i/500D, that I got from my husband for Christmas.
I had never used an SLR before and had no idea about aperture, iso or anything else related to an SLR. I knew I needed
a book for beginners as the owners manual was difficult for me to read (small print) and comprehend.
After reading the reviews on several of the books "specific" to my camera and for beginners, I finally settled
on this one by Jeff Revell. It is written in a way that I can understand, at the end of each chapter there are assignments to complete.
I now know about the basics and beyond and feel much more confident using my camera.
The only fault I have with this book is that the photo examples he uses in the book are often taken with lens that
didn't come with the camera, I have the 18-55. So after learning a new skill, you really can't go out and try them out unless you have
additionally invested in an array of lens.Over all I have learned a lot from this book and continue to refer to it often.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book - Easy to understand January 19, 2010
By PL
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I did a lot of research before settling on this book, and I was not disappointed, this is a great book. It is definitely not a repeat of the owner's manual. It is a great guide to digital photography with lots of pictures and explanations. If you do own a Rebel T1i, get this book. My daughter owns a Rebel Xsi and she is finding this book useful also. Isn't it frustrating to own such a super camera and not explore all the settings with "knowledge" gleaned from this book? The crux of the matter is, we can all put our cameras on "auto" and snap away but real satisfaction is, moving from the basic modes to other modes that give you total control and ultimately creating beautiful pictures in the process. This book guides you to this level in simple language.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helped me alot November 22, 2010
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This book was extremely well written in plain, easy to understand english for anyone to understand. It has helped me alot in learning how to use my new T1i camera. It has improved my photography while giving me a better understanding of many concepts as well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars T1i owners should get this instead of David Busch's! October 25, 2010
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If you want to learn how to take great pictures using your Canon Rebel T1i, get this book. This book covers everything you need to know about your camera's functions and how to use it to shoot great shots. Revell explains exposure so succinctly that this is the first book that gave me full grasp of the topic. (I've read a few others).

I read someone complain here that there are several full-page pictures in this book and that this does not justify the number of pages this book claims to have. How can a book that is about photography, not include photographs? Any book on photography is incomplete without showing you pictures so you can understand how different exposure settings produce different results. The author does a great job of showing some of his pictures from his own collection as examples. I like this approach because it makes the concepts easier to understand - a picture is worth a thousand words!

What's even better is that this book is written for the owners of Rebel T1i so not only does it show you how to take great shots but also shows you how to exclusively do it with your own camera so you'll know exactly which menu you have to go to change settings.

The only thing that I wish Revell covered more was HDR photography. This book slightly touches it but does not go into more detail.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource
Very informative and practical book to learn to use your camera, even if you have no experience or knowledge beforehand (which I don't). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Connie
5.0 out of 5 stars An absolutely essential accessory for your Canon Rebel T1i!
I've owned my Canon Rebel T1i for about a year, and like how it performs for me, but I always felt like there was a lot more it could do. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for starters
Great book for all starters with this camera model. I sent it to my sister who recently bought this camera and is trying to learn how to use it. Read more
Published 12 months ago by M. McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars First rate ....
I've had an EOS T1i sitting in my camera bag for years and years. I pull it out for the occasional wedding and had no idea what I was doing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ColonelDad
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying
Clear, informative, really helps you get to know the camera and how to use it. Paper version is the best.
Published 14 months ago by Jeanne Repec
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book , details what you need to do to be a better photographer...
Doesn't speak long to the basics of the camera, but expands on what can be done. Good book for someone familiar with the camera.
Published 16 months ago by Randy Kraemer
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful and Informative Guide
Loaded with good, helpful tips about how the T1i operates, and step-by-step guide to taking good pictures. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Mark C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Canon Rebel T1i/500 from Snapshot to Great Shots
This is a excellent book that walks you thru feature by feature on the Camera and shows examples of when and where to use each feature. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Terry Harman
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for beginners
After reading the instruction book for the T1i (500D in more civilized parts of the world), I thought I had a pretty good grasp of how to use my dSLR. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rick Kremer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
Very informative book. Explains my recent obtained camera in a very easy to understand way. I am glad I bought this book.
Published on April 3, 2012 by brkjim
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