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David Busch's Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Guide to Digital SLR Photography Paperback – June 25, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1598635782 ISBN-10: 1598635786 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning PTR; 1 edition (June 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598635786
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598635782
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 7.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #922,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Introduction Chapter 1: Quick Tour: Shooting Your First EOS Digital Rebel XSi Picture Chapter 2: The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Roadmap Chapter 3: Setting Up Your EOS Digital Rebel XSi Chapter 4: Shooting Basics Chapter 5: Photography with your EOS Digital Rebel XSi Chapter 6: Working with Lenses Chapter 7: Working with Light Chapter 8: Downloading and Editing Chapter 9: Troubleshooting Your Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi Glossary

About the Author

With more than a million books in print, David D. Busch is the world's #1 selling digital camera guide author, and the originator of popular digital photography series like David Busch's Pro Secrets and David Busch's Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than a dozen hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and Canon digital SLR models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Second Edition, and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than twenty years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He's 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 photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography & Imaging, The Rangefinder, The Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He has also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and Computer Shopper, and his advice has been featured in National Public Radio's "All Tech Considered." When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch's Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. During the past year, he's had as many as five of his books listed in the Top 20 of Amazon.com's Digital Photography Bestseller list--simultaneously! Busch's 120-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Digital SLR Lenses. Visit his website at http://www.dslrguides.com.

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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

Busch's book on the XSi is a must have.
Paul J.
While it does offer better explanations of features than the camera's manual, it does not go into much details about WHY you would use certain features.
R. Dorris
I would recommend this book to anyone new to digitial photography taking.
Mr. Allen L. Baurle

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95 of 97 people found the following review helpful By owner of nikki-the-wonder-dog on July 11, 2008
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Okay, I admit it- I am very much a noobie to dSLR cameras. I have been reading some of the same sort of generic books that many others have that are recommended to all photographer-wannabes and I've been slowly ascending the dSLR learning curve. But I wanted a book slanted towards beginners or intermediate users that was specifically meant for XSi/450D users. THIS IS THE BOOK! And I have had it on pre-order for almost a month as it was to be one of the first books out specific to this camera.

It has been worth the wait! The very first chapter tells you how to get out there and start taking photos that are much more than merely acceptable. The second chapter is a virtual roadmap to the camera with plenty of large color photos detailing the location and purpose of all the various buttons and knobs. And from here on, the book just gets better! There are chapters on setting up your camera, getting the right exposure, working with light (natural and flash), downloading and editing images, and a great deal more.

My favorite is an entire chapter devoted to working with lenses. For an absolute beginner like me, this chapter has been sooo helpful. Not only does this chapter explain various lens types but it also explains the dos and don'ts of how best to use them. And wonder of wonders, there is even a section in this chapter subtitled "Ingredients of Canon's Alphanumeric Soup" that gives simple explanations of the data engraved or painted on the barrel or the ring surrounding the front of a lens. To professional or even advanced amateur photographers I'm sure that this is information assimilated long ago, but then this book isn't so much geared towards you.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harold on September 18, 2008
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As one reviewer put it, this is a glorified manual - but that is the strength of this book, and I recommend it highly to beginners, intermediate users and anyone who is "manual challenged." The book goes beyond the manual, however, in discussing lighting, for example, lenses, maintenance, and updating the firmware. None of this additional material is going to do anything for a professional or an advanced amateur, but will be very helpful to all us lesser photographers.

A new Canon XSi user, I wanted to change a camera setting on several occasions, could not find the instructions in the manual or locate the menu item or button, but promptly got the help I needed in this book. I don't go anyhwere without it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Allen L. Baurle on April 8, 2009
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I purchased this book to help me learn all the new features on the XSi.
There are a lot of features cover in this book I would have never know about with out it. I would recommend this book to anyone new to digitial photography taking.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By ejackson21st on May 30, 2009
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I purchased the XSi camera 10 months ago. I bought this book from Amazon, as well as "CANON DSLR The Ultimate Photographer's Guide" (and a 3rd book that was a generic Canon EOS guide whose name I can't remember at the moment).

I do remember David Busch's book because I carry it around with me everywhere I take the camera. I don't use the camera enough to memorize all the different features and settings and I find Busch's Digital Rebel Guide perfectly handy to have on hand.

As far as learning how to operate the camera, this book is all that I need.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Twain Marcus on April 7, 2009
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This is a great, thorough how-to-use book if you own the Canon Rebel XSi. The small pocket size book that comes with the camera is fine, but if you want more, in-depth information, and want to learn how to be a better photographer using the Rebel Digital SLR, this is the book to buy.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Rutu Mulkar on November 23, 2008
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This book is a glorified manual.. which is exactly what one needs if they have a good photographic eye, but are not sure how to work the camera with their artistic angle... Lots of details and pictures! Love this book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By hbJWA on December 15, 2009
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Jumping from a point & shoot camera (i.e. Nikon P80) to the Xsi/450D involves a fairly significant learning curve; and while some will rely on the manual provided by Canon I found ~ and continue to find ~ this book invaluable.

A must have for those new to a more complex and robust camera.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. Vandewater on November 2, 2008
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Most of the information I found in this book was similar to the manual but in a format that made it easier to understand.
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