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The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion 1st Edition

4.5 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 063-6920154525
ISBN-10: 0596154526
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About the Author

Ben Long is a freelance writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. A long-time computer journalist, he has written hundreds of features, reviews, and how-to's for magazines such as Macworld, MacWeek, Macworld UK, MacUser, Computer Graphics World, Maximum PC, and eMediaWeekly. He is currently a Senior Editor for CreativePro.com, where he writes a regular digital photography column. His most recent books include Apple's Pro Training guide for Aperture, Real World Aperture, Getting Started with Camera Raw, and Complete Digital Photography, 3rd edition.

As a photographer and videographer, his clients have included Blue Note Records, 20th Century Fox, the Pickle Circus, Global Business Network, Head Start, the Oklahoma Arts Institute, and the National Endowment for the Arts. You can learn more about him and his work at www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596154526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596154523
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,913,888 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Canon EOS Rebel cameras are basically entry-level DSLR cameras. If this is your situation and you recently purchased a Rebel XS--known as the 1000D outside of the U.S.--you may want to get this book. This book is a beginner book that is specific to your camera. It's a good book with which to start.

There are twelve chapters to this moderate sized book. The reader is given some very helpful screen shots of camera menus, as well as the displays that one will see through the viewfinder (i.e., the eyepiece) and on the LCD viewer screen. There are full-color images showing the camera with easy to understand text and lines pointing to exactly what to press or turn to set various things on the camera.

Getting to It
In the first few chapters, the author Ben Long teaches the reader about the camera in general: Chapter 1 shows the reader exactly what to do to get started taking pictures. It includes pictures of the switches on the camera and the lens and screen shots of the menus. The second chapter provides a well illustrated tour of the camera. Knowing where everything is on your camera will make you more comfortable using it. There's also information on the care and cleaning of the camera.

The third chapter covers how to view images and manipulate images within the camera. Many of these things you may figure out on your own, though. In the next chapter the author discusses how to copy images to a computer. This includes using the Canon utility program on Microsoft Windows and Macintosh computers, providing screen shots for both.

Photography Basics
The author turns his attention to teaching the reader about photography in general in Chapter 5 by discussing the basics components of exposure: ISO (i.e.
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It is a pretty good book. However it was not written from the scratch. It is very much "find/replace" XSi with XS from the previous XSi edition. The book failed to differential XSi and XS and used XSi features on XS. For example, XSi has 9 focus points and XS has 7 focus points. The book repeatedly using 9 focus points. Don't take me wrong. It is a good book as long as you have done enough research and understand the differences between XSi and XS.
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I don't remember when I was more pleased with a book from Amazon. Of course, when the book is among a series titled to precisely describe the reader's camera, one might rightfully expected descriptions and illustrations accordingly. But I was pleased to find precise detail, even references to the page number of the instruction booklet that accompanied my camera! I learned helpful information from Ben Long's book explained in easily readable style, information that could not have made it into the instruction booklet. I have consulted the book repeatedly to refresh my understanding of Long's excellent descriptions and instructions. The buyer of this book will not be disappointed, but better yet, will be elated with the reservoir of information available at his fingertips.
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This book is great and explains in plain words how to use each dial setting on the top right of the camera. I'm learning one program at a time until I master it, I no longer use auto and have gotten some great pictures changing the settings. The manual that comes with the camera does tell you how to use the different settings, but this book goes a step further and I live in the north part of the US, so I'm anxiously awaiting for spring to come so I can be out every day camera bugging!! I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to take quality pictures.
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This book was purchased as a companion to my introduction to the world of digital SLR photography. I needed it! The manuals that accompany complex items, such as a DSLR, or a smart phone, (long story, don't ask) are usually not that user friendly to get through. The problem is often the index. You may be looking for a specific item, say adjusting the auto focus settings, What do you call the little red dots on your screen? *
Books like this are invaluable for novices such as I when first starting out.
Also I like to read a lot!
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I got a Digital SLR for Christmas and signed up for classes at the local community college. This was the best book by far of any one else in the class. Very well written. Very easy to understand. I still reference it when I have forgotten what settings I need. I also ordered another book and it is not nearly as good. Nice examples of the pictures you may want to try to capture.
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What an awesome book! I've had my camera for two years now, I've picked up the manual a dozen times only to get frustrated and pack it away again. This book explained everything I needed and wanted to know. It was so much less intimidating than just a manual which throws out technical terms, this actually made me feel like learning about my camera and photography was a snap. I would and will recommend this book to anyone interested in learning photography with the XS!
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I recommend this book to anyone who owns a Canon Rebel and is a beginner. I'm half way through the book, and I have learned a tremendous amount about the my camera as well as photography in general.
Linda
North Carolina
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