Bought a new digital SLR camera but didnâ€™t know how to set shutter speed or what aperture goes with it? (Aperture? What aperture? Is it related to overture?) Or you didnâ€™t know ISO 200 from your ISO 9002?
Why, attend a basic photography workshop somewhere in your town, of course; nothing like actual hands-on lessons from friendly pros who can show you the basics and walk you through all the seeming complexities of a DSLR. But if thereâ€™s none in your neighbourhood, a well-written book is your next best bet.
If your shiny new DSLR happens to be a Canon EOS 450, or Rebel XSi as itâ€™s known in the U.S., Oâ€™Reillyâ€™s got you covered. The book publisher will soon release The Canon Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion by Ben Long, a camera guide that not only shows you what all those strange buttons do but, more importantly, teaches you how to use various Digital Rebel features to make great photographs.
Hereâ€™s what the book promises:
â€¢ Get to know the Digital Rebel XSi and how it works
â€¢ Take creative control and go beyond automatic settings
â€¢ Learn the basic rules of composition
â€¢ Know when to let the camera work for you
â€¢ Photograph fast-moving objects, and learn to capture decisive moments
â€¢ Discover ways to use a flash indoors and outdoors
â€¢ Learn the advantages of different lenses, and the best time to use them
â€¢ Understand the options for shooting RAW, and whether it’s right for you
Author Ben Long is a writer, photographer, and videographer based in San Francisco. 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.
The Canon Digital Rebel XSi Companion may be pre-ordered now from Oâ€™Reilly; $25, 287 pages.