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David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – June 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1435457669 ISBN-10: 1435457668 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1435457668
  • ISBN-13: 978-1435457669
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,753 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

  • Provides clear, comprehensive coverage of this advanced entry-level camera, which features 18 megapixels and HD video. The predecessor to this model is the Canon EOS Rebel T1i/500D.

  • Clear instructions and beautiful images will quickly help readers get familiar and comfortable with their cameras.

  • Written by working photographer and best-selling camera guide author David Busch, who understands digital photography with Canon digital single lens reflex cameras.

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Introduction. 1. Shooting Your First Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Picture. 2. The Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Roadmap. 3. Setting Up Your Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D . 4. Optimizing Exposure. 5. Advanced Techniques. 6. Working with Lenses. 7. Working with Light. 8. Downloading and Editing. 9. Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D. Glossary. Index.

More About the Author

With more than 2 million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling author of camera-specific guidebooks, and the originator of popular series like David Busch's Pro Secrets, David Busch's Compact Field Guides, David Busch's Guides to Digital SLR Photography, and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides.

Most of his hugely successful books for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Pentax, Olympus, and Panasonic digital cameras are the top-selling guidebooks for their respective camera models. His advice has been featured on NPR's "All Tech Considered."

Busch's dozens of other books devoted to digital photography include David Busch's Digital Infrared Pro Secrets and Mastering Digital SLR Photography. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he has illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. Busch has operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings-for-hire, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and upstate New York college. His photographs and articles have been published in magazines as diverse as PhotoGraphic, Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He's also reviewed digital cameras for CNet Networks and Computer Shopper.

As a writer, photographer, and contributing editor for ten magazines, he has more than 130 books and 2500 articles to his credit. A PR consultant for Eastman Kodak Company's photography divisions for nearly 20 years, Busch has published photography articles under his by-line in Popular Photography & Imaging, PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer and other photo magazines. His photos have appeared on the covers of magazines, and in both print and television advertising.

The graduate of Kent State University operated his own photo studio and was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles. In addition to Kodak, CCS photography clients included Hewlett-Packard. He sold his interest in CCS in 1992 to become a full-time author, photographer, and reporter.

Since then, Busch has become one of the leading photojournalist/authors in the United States. He has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the #1 and #2 choices were his Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. Several of his digital imaging books have sold in excess of 50,000 copies.

Busch was a featured guest speaking on digital photography on Toronto's Breakfast Television show in 2005, was the keynote speaker at the Dayton Computerfest, and has been a call-in guest for 22 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show).

His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. his web site is http://www.dbusch.com.

Customer Reviews

It is very easy to understand the explanation of the book.
Horse
The book has been a great addition to the camera manual and the author expands and explains the settings so much better than the manual that came with the camera.
SunshineAndStars
This book was recommended by a photographer friend of mine...he raved about it.
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83 of 86 people found the following review helpful By Lzo. Tomas on June 7, 2010
Format: Paperback
I love Busch's books because they are the only camera guides that aren't just rehashes of the vendor's manual, with some pictures added. I tend to upgrade my camera every year or so, and I always buy the author's Guidebook to help me get up to speed quickly with my new purchase. This one, like the others I bought, is both easy to understand and comprehensive. In the first three chapters, you'll learn about setting up your camera and choosing Menu options (including advice not only on what each option is, but why you might want to use it.) This section alone is 134 pages and, because it is a full-size book rather than a pocket-size book, has more information that you find in entire manuals of the rehash variety. Each button, dial, and menu is illustrated with large full color illustrations. This is really a "road map" that gets you started using your T2i very quickly.

After that, the author devotes 250 more pages to explaining how to optimize exposure, sort out the camera's autofocus features, choosing lenses, and working with flash and available light -- all applied directly to the T2i. Busch omits the "padding" you find in other Guidebooks, and I am grateful for that. It does not have sections on how to shoot a generic "sports" picture or "landscape" picture, etc. Everything relates to the T2i. The whole book deals strictly with photography and techniques, too, so you won't find it padded with chapters on how to use the EOS Utility or Digital Photo Pro. All in all, Busch manages to fill this book with an amazing amount of useful information.

There are other books for the T2i out there, but if you want the whole story in words you can understand, this is the one you should buy.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Image Print Reviews on June 8, 2010
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Busch is the world's best-selling camera guide author for a reason. His books are a cut above the other books, which all repeat what you see in the book packaged with the camera, without going into any depth on how to use them. This one is different, with Busch's trademark friendly introduction to the Canon EOS Rebel T2i, accessible to anyone -- novice to veteran -- who wants to learn how to use the camera quickly. In that respect, it's great for beginners. But the author is especially skilled at taking you beyond the basics to explain exactly how to apply the features of the T2i to improve your photographic skills.

Individual chapters of the book explore the finer points of exposure, including the use of histograms, understanding the T2i's autofocus options, HD movie-making, and creative ways to use lenses and light. There are nine chapters in all, each of them dealing with a different aspect of using the EOS T2i. Even the general material on topics like f/stops and exposure all relate directly to his camera.

This book is especially good for those who feel they are "visually oriented." These folks tend to gravitate to DVD instruction, not realizing that such productions are basically audio programs with images, and aren't really visually oriented at all. With a DVD, you're basically using your ears to listen to a talking head explain the camera, and what you hear may not sink in immediately. Busch's guide takes the right visual approach, using large full-color illustrations accompanied by the text you need to quickly understand what the author is explaining. We've reviewed several of Busch's guides, and, after reading this one, still wonder why all camera guides aren't this good.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By William James VINE VOICE on December 18, 2010
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By and large, David Busch's EOS Rebel T2i/550 Guide . . . is simply an upgrade of prior Canon Rebel books by the same author. This is not to say that it isn't excellent. Practice makes perfect. And this book is perfect for the beginner. And it is good for up-graders from lessor Rebel cameras to the T2i who want a review of earlier camera features that have been preserved. This might help some previous Rebel camera owners to better integrate all the new features of the T2i.

The book has very little to say about video. Yes, all the video functions are covered. It's just that a great deal more than functions of the YT2i camera is covered in this book. Their is lens choice, flash, print editing, etc. Much of which is rehash of earlier books by the author. Again, I have no criticism of the usefulness and accuracy of this book. I just would have liked more video instruction. I guess video deserves at least one whole book of its own. After-all, David Busch's book already has 324 pages plus Glossary and Index. There isn't room for much more.

While the book is very well written, and contains both accurate and extensive information on the T2i, I would think that long-time owners of cameras in the
Rebel series simply do not need it. The instruction manual that comes with the camera should be enough.

I write to give perspective to shoppers, not to sell the book, and not to detail what is in it. I hope this approach is beneficial. Please rate this review for usefulness. Helpful comments are also appreciated.

Thanks.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By SunshineAndStars on November 30, 2010
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David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Guide to Digital SLR Photography
I got this book to help me learn about and use the features of the Canon T2i DSLR camera and have not been disappointed in it at all. I used to use a 35mm film camera until I switched to digital about 10 years ago and needed to refresh my memory on what and how to change aperture-shutter speed-iso, etc. to get good photos with this new camera. I was using basic point and shoot digital before this purchase. The book has been a great addition to the camera manual and the author expands and explains the settings so much better than the manual that came with the camera. The only criticism I might have is that I would like it to be spiral bound to lay flat. I am reading a section then laying the book down to try out the technique with my camera and the book always flops closed.
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