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How to Take Great Photos with the Canon D-SLR System (Magic Lantern PRISM Guides) Paperback – 7 Nov 2009

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Lark (7 Nov. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600594611
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600594618
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,487,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rob Sheppard has had a long-time and nationally recognised commitment to helping photographers connect with digital imaging technology. He was the founding editor of two photography magazines and is the author/photographer of over a dozen photo books, including The Magic of Digital Nature Photography and the New Epson Complete Guide to Digital Printing. His photography has also been published in many magazines.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. N. Walker on 25 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was rather hoping that this book would be an in depth explanation of all the menu options and features common to Canon DSLR's. A way of really getting down into the fine detail and advanced features available on these rather amazing little pieces of equipment. It is actually more like a general introduction to digital photography with references to how the various topics relate to Canons. It certainly isn't "in depth" as the Product Description above says. For instance I couldn't find any mention of the "mirror lock up" function which is essential if you are interested in taking long exposures, as I am. This book would probably be OK for a complete novice buying a Canon DSLR for the first time but for someone who has advanced beyond the novice stage I found it a bit disappointing.
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By M. Dickinson on 17 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
Like other reviewers before me I was more than a little disappointed with this book.
The title gives the impression that you are buying a book that deals specifically with the Canon range of DSLR's, but you could easily replace the name Canon, in the title, with Nikon or Sony or Panasonic or indeed any camera make you wish, because the book would still be as useful (or useless depending on your view).
The reason I say this is that, even with hundreds of beautifully shot pictures throughout the book, there are no more than a half dozen of them showing the features of the Canon range specifically, and very few words that couldn't be used for any make of camera on the market.
I have recently purchased my first DSLR, a Canon 400D, and was looking for a book that would tell the effects that I could achieve with it, and show me how to achieve them. This book did not deliver.
Save your money and look for a better book dedicated to the Canon range.
Very, very disappointed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Great book 31 Jan. 2010
By cheese - Published on
Format: Paperback
I teach community education classes on digital photography and I am always on the look out for how to teach students who want to take their photography to the next level. This book could put me out of business. <grin>

You'd be surprised how many people out there have digital SLRs but no concept of how to take a good picture. From how to choose one aperture over another to paying attention to ISO this book has it all.

It is also nice that this photographer has the images to back up what he is saying.

Well worth it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Newbie + Canon DSLR = Great Book! 17 April 2010
By R. Buchanan - Published on
Format: Paperback
Photography was a hobby of mine some 20 odd years ago and having used a Canon AE1 I decided to get back into it with a Canon DSLR, the XSi. Since I haven't used an SLR in so long and having not used anything digital other than a point & shoot, I thought a "basics" book would be appropriate. This book filled my needs perfectly! Many, many helpful hints laid out in a simply easy to understand manner.

If you already know the basics inside and out, then this isn't for you, however if you're a newbie or even someone like myself who's been out of it for far too long, then I highly recommend this book!
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Excellent! 13 Oct. 2013
By LG Tobias - Published on
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Especially instructive for the novice photographer like myself. Will refer to it many, many times as I am new to the world of 'DSLR'. Love the new hobby!
9 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Very elementary - don't buy it. 2 Sept. 2009
By Andy - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book has been a big disappointment. It targets complete beginners. It is a very elementary book about how to take pictures with digital cameras. For example, it explains things like how the shutter and aperture change expose, what is the difference between tele and wide-angle lenses, etc. There is very little about specific EOS camera features - much less even than in the Canon manuals. Unless you have never taken pictures before and suddenly you decided that your first digital camera is going to be a D-SLR Canon, it is a waste of money.
One more funny thing is that the book is printed using huge font size (just like the "large print" books). I suspect, that the publisher wanted to inflate the volume of the book.
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