- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (May 1, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321613112
- ISBN-13: 978-0321613110
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 40 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #749,055 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now that you've bought the amazing Canon 50D, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera's features to show you exactly how to use the 50D to take great pictures. With "Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots," you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.
Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide, photographer and author Jeff Revell, and you will:
- Learn the top ten things you need to know about shooting with the 50D
- Use the 50D's automatic modes to get better shots right away
- Move on to the Creative zone, where you have full control over the look and feel of your images
- Master the photographic basics of composition, focus, depth of field, and much more
- Learn all the best tricks and techniques for getting great action shots, landscapes, and portraits
- Find out how to get great shots in low light
- Fully grasp all the concepts and techniques as you go, with assignments at the end of every chapter
With "Canon 50D: From Snapshots to Great Shots," you'll learn not only what makes a great shot work--you'll learn how to get that shot using your 50D.
And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your 50D to get great shots at flickr.com/groups/canon_50dfromsnapshotstogreatshots.
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 to travel to urban photography. Widely known as the photographer behind the popular Photowalk Pro blog (revellphotography.com/blog), Jeff shares inspirational images, hosts lively discussions, and creates tutorials on digital photography techniques. In addition, he leads training classes and hands-on workshops on digital imaging technology around the globe.
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Top customer reviews
This book might appeal to the beginning photographer who just bought an EOS 50D and know very little about the principals of digital photography in general. That's okay if you are in that category because this book probably will be fine for your use. But it's not a good choice for experienced photographers who just want a more concise and logical reference for the camera than what the instruction book has to offer.
I've been a Canon shooter since 1999 and I've used several Canon models in both film and digital designs. Prior to that, spanning back to 1972, I've owned and used a lot of other different cameras in 35mm and various medium formats and large formats. By now, I have a pretty good grip on photography, both digital and analog. What I don't need in a camera-specific book is more information on "tips, secrets and how-tos". And that's the problem with this book. It's more a basic photography tutorial and it even has assignments for the new user tossed in as a means to help them learn how to take good pictures.
I just bought a used Canon EOS 50D. Since it will be my third EOS digital camera, I'm fairly familiar with the product line. But I like having instructions available and the used camera I bought didn't come with the Canon instruction book. While the instruction book is available online, it is like most instruction books these days--confusing, illogically laid out, muddled and nearly useless. Thus, I downloaded the Kindle edition of this book and hoped it would cover the function of the camera and not be filled up with basic photography tutorials. Boy, was I wrong!
If you need a manual, my best advice is to download the Canon instruction manual. It's available at no cost from a variety of sources, just go to Google and pick one. Second, I would buy a Magic Lantern guide to the 50D while they're still available. I've ordered one through Amazon but I don't have it yet. While I can't say it's the best book out there on the 50D, Magic Lantern guides have always been reliable. They include some basic photo instruction but every one I've ever seen had an excellent guide to the features, customizations and menus of the camera in review--some books better, some worse than others.
My only significant complaint is with the Kindle execution of several photographs in the book. The author uses a feature called "Poring over the Picture" at the beginning of each chapter. The Kindle adaptation renders these photos in too low a resolution to read the author's commentary in the small callout text. I suspect these are perfectly readable in the printed version so I am not subtracting a star from the author's excellent content for the publisher's poor rendering to Kindle format.
In short, fantastic book that will get your creative juices flowing while offering solid technical advice. Just be mindful you won't get as much as the author intended from the callout text in roughly 15 of the best photos.
The manual that comes with the camera is complete, but there is a lot of detail in there--it's a complex camera. The manual tends to overwhelm you with explanations of everything a particular feature does. "Canon 50D" discuses, in clear language, what's important for each type of photo, what you get from the camera's Basic Zones (portrait, sports, etc.) for that type photo and what the Mr Revell (a professional photographer) thinks you can and ought to do in the Creative zone for such photos. He provides examples in each case and, here's where it becomes a course, each chapter includes homework ("Assignments") that guide you through use of the information he's provided. Actually adjusting the camera for different types of photos was very helpful for me. The book is replete with Mr. Revell's own photos, each with explanatory notes that relate to a point in the text.
For example, while the Canon manual walks you through the entire system of menus in one section, Revell discusses, for example, landscape photography and at that time tells you which menus are pertinent to that type of photo. Sort of like the history teacher who explained why there was a War of the Roses, as opposed to the one who just gave you dates and names.
I've taken photographs for decades and own a Canon EOS film SLR, but the DSLR is like a film camera on steroids and this book helped me to a better understanding.