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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Canon EOS Digital Cameras Paperback – February 6, 2007

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Erik Sherman is a freelance journalist and photographer who’s written for New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, Fortune, Financial Times, and US News and World Report. He’s had photo assignments from Newsweek, Boston Magazine, USA Weekend, Financial Times, and Computerworld, and has written four other books.
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  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (February 6, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159257615X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592576159
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #326,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Merrill on December 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
I found this book to be entirely helpful. It is full of useful information on all of the features for these cameras as well as photography in general. I have taken classes through my local camera store but this book is more helpful and easy to understand. It breaks down information in chapters (obviously) so it is easily referenced. It explains things in a way that you can very easily comprehend...I bought one for a Christmas present for a friend I liked it so much!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. G on December 10, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book's description is exaggerated. First of all there is nothing complete about it. Second - I'm still wondering where the up-to-date coverage of the Canon EOS line is, heck I would be satisfied with just coverage. Except for the first nine pages where he makes a list of Canon EOS Models (not even that is complete), in the next chapters there aren't more than a handful of references to the EOS line.

Not taking the misleading description into account, I would say this is a fairly good absolute beginner's book, no matter the camera brand or a let's learn something new in three hours kind of a thing.

It takes you through various simple technical explanations of how a DSLR camera works and how to hold it, of lenses and basic concepts like shutter speed, aperture, ISO, DOF, white balance, etc.

It gives basic, not detailed advice on compositional techniques, controlling lighting, adjusting exposure, sharpness, saturation, contrast. The book has three chapters on image editing but I would have preferred some 'apply the techniques to your camera and get the images right' chapter , though I understand that you might want to enhance them later. But for a beginner's book I think it aims too high and achieves too little.
It also talks a little about filters, tripods, bags.

On the plus side, it's nicely organized, with definitions of common terms and tips that really catch the eye, with a "Least you need to know" part in every chapter, making it easy to read or skim through.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James M. Selkirk on March 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
A fantastic book that augments TFLB that comes with the camera. It cuts through the tech jargon and gets to the point quickly and conceisely. While sometimes trying to be too witty, it is certainly an excellant book to launch one into the world of DSLR. This is the only reason I didn't give it five stars.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig Friedman on April 21, 2008
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased this book to help me get aquainted with my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi. The book is very easy to read and provides you with just the right amount of information to use your camera. It even provides some help on buying a camera if you are reading the book prior to ownership of a Canon EOS product. The book also serves as a good quick reference guide if you need to go back and revisit topics. If your a beginner to digital photography and your thinking of buying a Canon EOS or already own one, this book is for you.
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