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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (17 Nov. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596154526
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596154523
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 561,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ben Long is a San Francisco-based photographer and writer. The author of over a dozen books on digital photography and digital video, he has been a longtime contributor or contributing editor to many magazines including MacWeek, MacUser, Macworld UK, and others. He currently writes for Photoshop Elements magazine, is a Senior Contributor at Macworld Magazine and, and a senior editor at CreativePro.com. His photography clients have included 20th Century Fox, Blue Note Records, Global Business Network, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, the Pickle Family Circus, and Grammy-nominated jazz musicians Don Byron and Dafnis Prieto. He has taught and lectured on photography around the world. A sometime dabbler in computer programming, he has written a Mac-based image editing utility that is used by the British Museum, the White House, and others. You can learn more about what he's up to at www.completedigitalphotography.com.

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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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Sept. 2009
Format: Paperback
The Canon EOS 400 and 1000 series cameras are basically entry-level DSLR cameras. If this is your situation and you recently purchased a 1000D--known as the Rebel XS in 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. MCCANN on 29 July 2010
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I've been meaning to write this review for over a year; since I bought the book in fact. This is probably the most referred-to and re-read book in my library. It not only teaches you about the camera controls as you would expect, but also passes on many good tips about photography and the technology behind digital photography. For example, what use is the 2-second self-timer? I wouldn't have known without this book. When should you switch off evaluative metering? It's in the book along with many other tips I would never have figured out by myself.

The level of explanation is just right; not too complicated and not too simplistic. The author even throws in some good humour in places. I'll end this review by saying if you not a professional, and certainly if you are new to any member of the Canon EOS family (not just the Rebel/1000D) then you will not regret buying this book. Heartily recommended.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. Smith on 28 May 2009
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Excellent book well written, made the camera very easy to use and understand, far better than the camera manuel. A must buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte on 5 Jan. 2011
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I got the Canon EOS 1000d for Christmas and as a total novice to photography and DSLR cameras I have found this book fantastic. It is like an extended version of the instruction manual, although much easier to read and in colour with photographs to show examples. I think this is a book I will continue to dip in and out of as I continue my DSLR journey. I would definatley recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By P. Sproson on 26 Jun. 2010
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Being a beginner using my first SLR camera I found this book extremely useful in understanding what was available and how its functions were to be used
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By wardrobe ben on 25 Feb. 2010
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As a complete novice at photography I enjoyed the book, but don't try and read it and think you are going to take great photos, go out and play with the camera, that's the only way. Where you went wrong then read the book
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