A ShortCourse Book
Canon EOS 10D Photography

Canon EOS 10D Photography

Canon EOS 10D

This clearly written and easy-to understand short course on your Canon EOS 10D explains step-by-step how, why and when you use your camera's controls for better pictures. This guide is available as a traditional 124 page large-format (8.5 by 11) spiral bound book printed in black and white, and as a full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can order on a CD or download instantly.



New, a Short Courses digital photography book for people who own the Canon EOS 10D digital camera and want to get better pictures. This beautifully written and illustrated guide, drawing on the much more comprehensive information on the ShortCourses Web site, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the 10D, including the following:
  • Taking a Picture in Full Auto Mode
  • Using Menus
  • Reviewing Images
  • Managing Your Images
  • Giving a Slide Show on TV
  • Selecting Image Quality
  • Setting the RAW Image JPEG Size
  • Changing Exposure Modes
  • Using Image Zone Modes
  • Using Program AE (P) Mode
  • Using Program Shift
  • Using Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode
  • Using Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode
  • Using Manual (M) Mode
  • Changing the Metering Mode
  • Using Exposure Compensation
  • Using Autoexposure (AE) Lock
  • Using Autoexposure Bracketing (AEB)
  • Displaying Histograms
  • Using Histograms
  • Using the Self-timer
  • Changing the ISO
  • Increasing the Sharpness of Moving Objects
  • Selecting an Autofocus Mode
  • Selecting a Focus Point
  • Changing the Registered Focus Point
  • Selecting the Registered Focus Point
  • Using Focus Lock
  • Using Manual Focus
  • Increasing Depth of Field
  • Using Auto Depth-of-Field AE (A-DEP)
  • Setting Your Lens to the Hyperfocal Distance
  • Zone Focusing
  • Decreasing Depth of Field
  • Capturing Creative Blur
  • Selecting a White Balance Mode
  • Setting a Custom White Balance
  • Selecting a Specific Color Temperature in Kelvins
  • Using White Balance Bracketing
  • Using Bulb Exposures
  • Mounting and Unmounting a Lens
  • Zooming the Lens
  • Using Autoflash
  • Turning Red-eye Mode On and Off
  • Using Fill Flash
  • Using Slow Sync Flash
  • Preventing the Flash from Firing
  • Using Flash Exposure Compensation
  • Using Flash Exposure Lock
  • Increasing Depth of Field in Close-ups
  • Turning Continuous Mode On and Off
  • Changing Custom Functions
  • Clearing Custom Functions
  • Setting the Time and Date
  • Reviewing Just Captured Photographs
  • Specifying File Number Sequences
  • Turning the Beep On or Off
  • Changing the Language or Video Setting
  • Adjusting Monitor Brightness
  • Adjusting Auto Power Off Time
  • Formatting a CF Card
  • Checking Your Firmware Version
  • Turning Auto Rotate On and Off
  • Clearing Camera Settings
  • Entering a Print Order
  • Setting Parameters
  • Selecting Parameters or Color Space

The book is designed to work with the on-line books on the www.shortcourses.com site. The book explains how to get better pictures but you'll find more on that subject on the site. In addition, there is lots of information on the site about what you can do with your pictures after you've taken them.


Chapter 1
Camera Controls and Creativity

The EOS 10D Camera
Jump Start: Using Full Auto Mode
Good Things to Know
Operating the Camera
Using Menus to Change Settings
Managing Your Images
Selecting Image Quality and Size

Chapter 2
Controlling Exposure

Understanding Exposure
Choosing Exposure Modes
Using Image Zone Modes
Using Program AE and Program Shift
Using Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode
Using Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode
Using Manual Mode
How Your Exposure System Works
How Exposure Affects Your Images
When Automatic Exposure Works Well
When to Override Automatic Exposure
How to Override Automatic Exposure
Using Histograms

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness

Getting Sharper Pictures
Sharpness Isn’t Everything
How to Photograph Motion Sharply
Focus and Depth of Field
Controlling Depth of Field
Capturing Maximum Depth of Field
Using Selective Focus
Conveying the Feeling of Motion

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color

Where Does Color Come From?
White Balance and Color Temperature
Color Balance and Time of Day
Sunsets and Sunrises
Photographing at Night
The Direction of Light
The Quality of Light

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses

Canon Lenses
Zoom Lenses
Normal Lenses
Wide-Angle Lenses
Telephoto Lenses
Portraits with a Telephoto Lens
Tilt-Shift Lenses
Lens Accessories
How a Photograph Shows Depth

Chapter 6
Using Automatic Flash

How Flash Works
Using Autoflash
Portraits with Flash
Using Fill Flash
Using Slow Sync Flash
Using Available Light
Controlling Flash Exposures
Using an External Flash

Chapter 7
Exploring Close-up Photography

Macro Lenses and Accessories
Focusing and Depth of Field
Exposures and Backgrounds
Arranging Lighting
Using Flash in Close-ups

Chapter 8
Other Features and Commands

Continuous Photography
Remote Control Photography
Using Custom Functions
Other Settings
Entering a Print Order
Adjusting Parameters and Color Spaces
Caring for Your Camera


A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isnít enough to capture it; you also have to be prepared. A large part of being prepared involves understanding your camera well enough to capture what you see. Getting you prepared to see and capture great photographs is what this book is all about. It doesnít matter if you are taking pictures for real-estate ads or self-expression, thereís a lot here to help you get better results and more satisfaction from your photography.

To get better, and possibly even great photographs, you need to understand both concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

  • Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.
  • Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your cameraís controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the "how" kinds of questions you might have.
This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because thatís how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with the Canon EOS 10D camera are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach letís you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the 10D in all kinds of photographic situations.

To get more effective, interesting, and creative photographs, you only need to understand how and when to use a few simple features on your camera such as focus, exposure controls, and flash. If youíve previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, youíll be pleased to know that you can learn them on a weekend afternoon. You can then spend the rest of your life marveling at how their infinite variety of combinations makes it possible to convey your own personal view of the world. Youíll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. Youíll be able to get dramatic close-ups, freeze fast action, create wonderful panoramas, and capture the beauty and wonder of rainbows, sunsets, fireworks, and nighttime scenes.

As you explore your camera, be sure to have fun. There are no "rules" or "best" way to make a picture. Great photographs come from using what you know to experiment and try new approaches. Digital cameras make this especially easy because there are no film costs or delays. Every experiment is free and you see the results immediately so you can experiment step by step.

This book assumes youíve mastered the mechanics of your camera. Itís about getting great pictures, not about installing batteries and connecting your camera to your computer. That information is well presented in the user guides that came with your camera, however it is summarized in the Appendix of this book.

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