A ShortCourse Book
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT/350D Photography

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT/350D Photography

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT

This clearly written and easy-to understand short course on your Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, called the 350D in some countries, explains step-by-step how, why and when you use your camera's controls for better pictures. This guide is available as a traditional 128 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 Digital Rebel XT 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 Digital Rebel XT, 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
  • 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
  • Selecting a Metering Mode
  • Using Exposure Compensation
  • Using Autoexposure (AE) Lock
  • Using Autoexposure Bracketing (AEB)
  • Displaying Histograms
  • Using Histograms
  • Using the Self-timer/Remote Control
  • Changing the ISO
  • Increasing the Sharpness of Moving Objects
  • Selecting an Autofocus Mode
  • Selecting an AF 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
  • Using White Balance Correction/Bracketing
  • Using Bulb Exposures
  • Mounting and Unmounting a Lens
  • Zooming a Lens
  • Increasing Depth of Field in Close-ups
  • 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
  • Turning Continuous Mode On and Off
  • Using the Set-up Menus
  • Changing Custom Functions
  • Clearing Custom Functions
  • Selecting a Color Space
  • Entering a Print Order
  • Selecting and Adjusting Parameters

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 ...6

The Digital Rebel XT Camera ...7
Jump Start: Using Full Auto Mode ...8
Good Things to Know ...9
Operating the Camera ...10
Using Menus to Change Settings ...12
Managing Your Images ...13
Selecting Image Quality and Size ...15

Chapter 2
Controlling Exposure ...21

Understanding Exposure ...22
Choosing Exposure Modes ...23
Using Image Zone Modes ...24
Using Program AE and Program Shift ...25
Using Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode ...26
Using Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode ...28
Using Manual Mode ...30
How Your Exposure System Works ...31
How Exposure Affects Your Images ...34
When Automatic Exposure Works Well ...35
When to Override Automatic Exposure ...36
How to Override Automatic Exposure ...40
Using Histograms ...43

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness ...46

Getting Sharper Pictures ...47
Sharpness Isn’t Everything ...49
How to Photograph Motion Sharply ...50
Focus and Depth of Field ...52
Focusing Techniques ...54
Controlling Depth of Field ...58
Capturing Maximum Depth of Field ...59
Using Selective Focus ...61
Conveying the Feeling of Motion ...62

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color ...63

Where Does Color Come From? ...64
White Balance and Color Temperature ...65
Using White Balance Correction & Bracketing ...67
Color Balance and Time of Day ...68
Sunsets and Sunrises ...69
Weather ...71
Photographing at Night ...73
The Direction of Light ...75
The Quality of Light ...77

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses ...78

Canon Lenses ...79
Zoom Lenses ...83
Normal Lenses ...84
Wide-Angle Lenses ...85
Telephoto Lenses ...87
Portraits with a Telephoto Lens ...88
Macro Lenses and Accessories ...89
Tilt-Shift Lenses ...91
Lens Accessories ...92
How a Photograph Shows Depth ...93

Chapter 6
Using Automatic Flash ...94

How Flash Works ...95
Using Autoflash ...96
Portraits with Flash ...98
Using Fill Flash ...100
Using Slow Sync Flash ...101
Using Available Light ...102
Controlling Flash Exposures ...103
Using an External Flash ...105
Using Flash in Close-ups ...107
Studio Lighting ...108
Studio Portrait Lighting ...111

Chapter 7
Other Features and Commands ...112

Continuous Photography ...113
Remote Control Photography ...114
Using the Set-up Menus ...115
Using Custom Functions ...118
Selecting a Color Space ...120
Entering a Print Order ...121
Selecting and Adjusting Parameters ...122
Caring for Your Camera ...123
Capturing Images in RAW Format ...125


A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isn't 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 doesn't matter if you are taking pictures for real-estate ads or self-expression, there's 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 camera's 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 that's 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 Digital Rebel XT camera are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach let's you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the Digital Rebel XT 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 you've previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, you'll 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. You'll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. You'll 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 you've mastered the mechanics of your camera. It's 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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