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TitleCanon EOS Rebel XS - 1000D For Dummies (ISBN - 0470433922)
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Table of Contents
                            Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D for Dummies
	Table of Contents
		A Quick Look at What’s Ahead
		Icons and Other Stuff to Note
		About the Software Shown in This Book
		Practice, Be Patient, and Have Fun!
	Part I: Fast Track to Super Snaps
		Chapter 1: Getting the Lay of the Land
			Getting Comfortable with Your Lens
			Adjusting the Viewfinder Focus
			Working with Memory Cards
			Exploring External Camera Controls
			Ordering from Camera Menus
			Monitoring Critical Camera Settings
			Decoding Viewfinder Data
			Reviewing Basic Setup Options
		Chapter 2: Taking Great Pictures, Automatically
			Getting Good Point-and-Shoot Results
			Using Flash in Automatic Exposure Modes
			Exploring Your Automatic Options
			Changing the Drive Mode
		Chapter 3: Controlling Picture Quality
			Diagnosing Quality Problems
			Decoding the Quality Options
			Considering Resolution: Large, Medium, or Small?
			Understanding File Type (JPEG or Raw)
		Chapter 4: Monitor Matters: Picture Playback and Live View Shooting
			Disabling and Adjusting Instant Review
			Viewing Images in Playback Mode
			Viewing Picture Data
			Deleting Photos
			Protecting Photos
			Using Your Monitor as a Viewfinder
	Part II: Taking Creative Control
		Chapter 5: Getting Creative with Exposure and Lighting
			Kicking Your Camera into Advanced Gear
			Introducing the Exposure Trio: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO
			Monitoring Exposure Settings
			Choosing an Exposure Metering Mode
			Setting ISO, f-stop, and Shutter Speed
			Overriding Autoexposure Results with Exposure Compensation
			Disabling Auto Lighting Optimization
			Locking Autoexposure Settings
			Bracketing Exposures Automatically
			Using Flash in Advanced Exposure Modes
		Chapter 6: Manipulating Focus and Color
			Reviewing Focus Basics
			Adjusting Autofocus Performance
			Autofocusing in Live View Mode
			Manipulating Depth of Field
			Controlling Color
			Choosing a Color Space: sRGB vs. Adobe RGB
			Exploring Picture Styles
		Chapter 7: Putting It All Together
			Recapping Basic Picture Settings
			Setting Up for Specific Scenes
			Coping with Special Situations
	Part III: Working with Picture Files
		Chapter 8: Downloading, Organizing, and Archiving Your Photos
			Sending Pictures to the Computer
			Using ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
			Exploring Other Software Options
			Processing Raw (CR2) Files
		Chapter 9: Printing and Sharing Your Photos
			Avoiding Printing Problems
			Printing Online or In-Store
			Printing from ZoomBrowser EX/ImageBrowser
			Preparing Pictures for E-Mail
			Creating an In-Camera Slide Show
			Viewing Your Photos on a Television
	Part IV: The Part of Tens
		Chapter 10: Ten Fast Photo-Editing Tricks
			Removing Red-Eye
			Cropping Your Photo
			Adjusting Color Saturation
			Tweaking Color Balance
			Adjusting Exposure
			Sharpening Focus (Sort Of)
			Shifting to AutoPilot
			Adding Text
			Saving Your Edited Files
		Chapter 11: Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day
			Changing the Function of the Set Button
			Customizing Exposure and Focus Lock Options
			Disabling the AF-Assist Beam
			Enabling Mirror Lockup
			Adding Cleaning Instructions to Images
			Turning Off the Shooting Settings Screen
			Creating Desktop Wallpaper
			Adding Original Decision Data
			Creating Your Very Own Camera Menu
			Getting Free Help and Creative Ideas
Document Text Contents
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by Julie Adair King

Canon® EOS Rebel



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157 Chapter 6: Manipulating Focus and Color

Figure 6-7: Enable Live View autofocusing through Custom Function 7.

5. Highlight your choice of autofocusing modes and then press Set.

The next two sections explain the difference between Quick mode

and Live mode autofocusing. After you press Set, your selected option

appears in blue text in the menu, as shown on the right in Figure 6-7.

(The blue always indicates the selected option for Custom Functions.)

Live View autofocus option 1: Quick mode
As its name implies, Quick mode offers the fastest autofocusing during Live

View shooting. Here’s how it works:

1. Set the camera Mode dial to one of the advanced exposure modes (P,

Tv, Av, M, or A-DEP).

But remember that in Live View mode, the automatic depth-of-field fea-

ture supplied by the A-DEP mode is disabled, and the camera operates as

it does when set to P (programmed autoexposure). See Chapter 5 if you

can’t remember the difference between these two autoexposure settings.

2. Select Quick mode for Custom Function 7, as explained in the preced-

ing section.

3. Set the AF mode to One-Shot.

To do so, press the right cross key to access the AF mode settings.

Highlight One-Shot and press Set.

You can use the other two AF mode settings, but the camera can’t adjust

focus to track moving subjects in those modes as it normally can. In

addition, the other two settings can slow the autofocusing process.

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158 Part II: Taking Creative Control
4. Set the desired autofocus point.

You do this by pressing the AF Point Selection button and then using the

techniques spelled out earlier in this chapter, in the section “Selecting

an autofocus point.”

5. Press the shutter button halfway to return to shooting mode.

You can then release the shutter button.

6. Press Set to engage the Live View preview.

Now you see your subject on

the monitor, along with either

two or eight rectangles, as

shown in Figure 6-8. Here’s the


• The large rectangle is

the focusing frame that

appears anytime you use

Live View. It becomes

involved in autofocusing

if you choose to magnify

the image display to

check focus, as spelled

out in Step 10.

• The small rectangles

represent the autofocus

points. If you’re using

Automatic AF Point

Selection, all seven points appear, as in Figure 6-8. If you’re using

Manual AF Point Selection, you see only a single small rectangle

that represents your chosen autofocus point.

7. Frame your shot so that an autofocus point falls over your subject.

Again, the small rectangle (or rectangles) represent the autofocus


8. Press and hold the AE Lock button until you hear a beep.

As soon as you press the button, the monitor turns black, and the auto-

focusing mechanism kicks into gear. Keep pressing the button until the

camera beeps at you. The beep signals you that focus is set.

In P, Tv, Av, or A-DEP modes, the autoexposure system fires up and

locks exposure settings along with focus.

9. When focus is set, release the AE Lock button.

The live image reappears on the monitor.

Focusing frame

Figure 6-8: The small rectangles represent
autofocus points; the large rectangle, the Live
View focusing frame.

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325 Index
software, camera. See also ImageBrowser

software; MemoryCard Utility;

ZoomBrowser EX software

data restoration, 89

help desk support, 312

image protection, 92

installed fi rmware, 4–5

internal image adjustment, 68

OS (operating system) requirements, 215

updates, 35, 270

software, photo editing

Digital Photo Professional, 226, 240, 304

fi le format and, 63–64

fi nding image defects with, 57

free trial downloads, 235

Original Data Decision Security Kit, 309

products to consider, 234

raw converter, 68

tips to consider, 235

Sports mode

changing AF mode, 154–155

in fully-automatic exposure mode, 42

settings to capture action, 200–203

“stop motion” shooting, 51–52

sRGB color mode, 85, 179–181

Stabilizer On/Off switch, 13–14, 38

Standard picture style, 182

still-life photos, 96. See also Portrait mode
stop down, aperture, 112. See also aperture


“stop motion”. See moving objects,
photographing; Sports mode

• T •
table-top photography, 96

technical support, 312

telephoto lenses, 165


screen display size, 62–63

video system option, 33

viewing photos on, 265–266

text, adding, 293–294

35mm equivalent focal lengths, 165

thumbnails, 21, 77–78

ThumbsPlus (Web site), 235

TIFF fi le format

e-mail sharing of images, 258–260

save options, 239–241

saving edited fi les, 237, 295

time-lapse photography, 236

tips to remember

fully-automatic exposure mode, 41–42

keeping the camera clean, 12

for Live View shooting, 94–95

photo editing, 235

photographing moving objects, 117

“tough-shot” photography, 208–210

tonal range, 87

topside controls. See external controls
total images recorded, 83, 85

“tough-shot” photography, 208–210

transfer images. See computer storage
trash can icon, 23


avoiding blurry images, 204

image stabilization with, 13

still-life photography, 96

for “tough-shot” photos, 208–210

when to use, 42, 113

tutorials, 312

Tv (shutter-priority autoexposure) mode.

See also advanced exposure modes
about the setting, 108

autoexposure, overriding, 128–132

autofocus in Live View, 155–160

autofocus point, 152–154

changing AF mode, 154–155

exposure settings, 119–120, 124–128,


Mode dial control, 18–19

settings to capture action, 200–203

using fl ash, 140–141

2-Second Self-Timer, 53

• U •
USB port/slot/cable, 214–215

user-customized options. See customized

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326 Canon EOS Rebel XS/1000D For Dummies

• V •
vibration compensation. See image


video system. See also camera monitor/
LCD screen; downloading images

basic setup options, 33

screen display size, 62–63

television slide shows, 265–266

video-out port, 266

viewfi nder

adjusting the focus, 15–16

autofocus points, 15, 150

camera setting display, 28–29

Focusing frame, 98

rubber cover, 121

using the monitor as, 94–95

viewing exposure settings, 118–121

• W •
weather, protecting memory cards

from, 17

white balance

about the feature, 1, 193

bracketing, 177–179

changing the settings, 171–172

correcting color with, 168–170, 278–282

creating custom settings, 172–176

daytime fi ll fl ash, 139–140

image quality and, 57

in Live View display, 102

photo editing, 238

shift/bracketing menu, 27–28

Shooting Settings display, 84–85

White Balance button, 20, 22

wide-angle lenses, 165

Windows users. See ZoomBrowser EX

wireless remote control, 53

• Z •
zoom barrel, 14–15

ZoomBrowser EX software

applying Picture Style in, 188

creating Web-friendly photos, 258–260

e-mailing photos from, 261–264

fi le protection, 92

installed fi rmware, 5

MemoryCard Utility, 220–224

photo editing, 269–270

photo organizing, 226–229, 232–233

photo viewing, 229–232

processing CR2 (Raw) fi les, 237–241

zooming in/out

depth of fi eld, 160–163

focal length, 165

for image review, 80–81

lens focus, 14–15

shooting close-ups, 206–208

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