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David Busch's Canon EOS Rebel T2i/550D Guide to Digital SLR Photography (David Busch's Digital Photography Guides) 1st Edition

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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.


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.

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Product Details

  • Series: David Busch's Digital Photography Guides
  • 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
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #546,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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While the T3 is a pretty easy camera to use, there are a lot of hidden features and tricks I would probably never have discovered without this book. Chapter 3 starts out with...

"One thing that surprises new owners of the Canon EOS Rebel T3 is that the camera has a total of 496 buttons, dials, switches, levers, latches, and knobs bristling from it's surface. Okay, I lied. Actually, the real number is closer to two dozen controls and adjustments, but that's still a lot of components to master, especially when you consider that many of these controls serve double-duty to give you access to multiple functions."

This quote serves two purposes here; to illustrate that this is not just a dry reference manual and to point out that there are in fact quite a few bells and whistles that the camera has to offer. I've actually found this book to be an enjoyable read; however I also spend a lot of my time studying military standards which can make just about anything else seem interesting! While it may seem time consuming to read a book geared to just one camera, it's actually a time saver if you really want to know how to get the most out of your T3.
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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.

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