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    Canon 7D Experience

    The Still Photographers Guide to Operation and Image Creation

    With the Canon EOS 7D

    updated for version 2 firmware

    by Douglas J. Klostermann

    Full Stop. good writing for better photography

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    Canon 7D Experience The Still Photographers Guide to Operation and Image Creation with the Canon EOS 7D by: Douglas J. Klostermann ISBN: 978-1-4524-6479-4 Version 3.0 (updated for 7D firmware v.2) August 2012

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    Published by Full Stop. good writing for better photography A division of Douglas J. Klostermann Photography Cambridge, MA 02138 USA http://www.dojoklo.com/Full_Stop/

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    CONTENTS

    PREFACE ......................................................................................................................... 5 1. INTRODUCTION........................................................................................................... 8

    1.1 Take Control of Your Camera .................................................................................9 1.2 Using This Guide ...................................................................................................10 1.3 Getting Started.......................................................................................................12

    2. MENUS and CUSTOM FUNCTIONS .........................................................................14 2.1 Menu Settings........................................................................................................15 2.2 Custom Functions Menus......................................................................................41 2.3 My Menu ................................................................................................................60 2.4 Movie Shooting Menu............................................................................................ 61

    3. CAMERA CONTROLS AND IMAGE FILE FORMATS..............................................64 3.1 Camera Controls ................................................................................................... 64 3.2 Quick Control Screen ............................................................................................ 72 3.3 Image File Formats - JPEG vs. RAW....................................................................74

    4. THE AUTOFOCUS SYSTEM .....................................................................................77 4.1 Using Autofocus ....................................................................................................77 4.2 Autofocus - AF Modes ...........................................................................................78 4.3 Autofocus - AF Area Selection Modes ..................................................................81 4.4 Back Button Focusing............................................................................................ 91 4.5 Live View and Movie Focusing..............................................................................92

    5. DRIVE MODES ...........................................................................................................95 6. EXPOSURE Part 1 ..................................................................................................... 96

    6.1 Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO .........................................................................96 6.2 Aperture Priority AE Mode (Av) and Shutter Priority AE Mode (Tv) .....................99 6.3 Full Stops.............................................................................................................102 6.4 Manual Exposure Mode (M) ................................................................................104

    7. METERING MODES .................................................................................................106 7.1 Evaluative Metering .............................................................................................106 7.2 Partial Metering....................................................................................................106 7.3 Spot Metering ......................................................................................................108 7.4 Center-Weighted Average Metering....................................................................109 7.5 Manual Metering..................................................................................................111 7.6 Metering Modes and Exposure ...........................................................................112

    8. EXPOSURE Part 2 ...................................................................................................115 8.1 Exposure Lock .....................................................................................................115 8.2 Histograms...........................................................................................................116 8.3 Exposure Compensation .....................................................................................118 8.4 Auto Exposure Bracketing ...................................................................................119

    9. ADDITIONAL CAMERA FUNCTIONS .....................................................................122 9.1 Highlight Tone Priority and Auto Lighting Optimizer ...........................................122 9.2 White Balance......................................................................................................123 9.3 Picture Styles.......................................................................................................126 9.4 Flash ....................................................................................................................129

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    9.5 Sensor Cleaning ..................................................................................................134 9.6 Putting it all into Practice .....................................................................................134

    10. THE IMAGE TAKING PROCESS...........................................................................136 10.1 Still Subjects ......................................................................................................136 10.2 Moving Subjects ................................................................................................138

    11. LENSES ..................................................................................................................140 11.1 Lens Notations...................................................................................................140 11.2 Fixed Maximum Aperture vs. Variable Maximum Aperture...............................142 11.3 Which Lens to Buy Next ....................................................................................143

    12. VIDEO - AN INTRODUCTION................................................................................147 13. COMPOSITION.......................................................................................................151 14. PHOTOGRAPHY ACCESSORIES.........................................................................158

    14.1 Digital SRL Photography Accessories ..............................................................158 14.2 Canon 7D Accessories ......................................................................................161 14.3 Photography Books ...........................................................................................162

    15. CONCLUSION ........................................................................................................163 Future Updates to the Text........................................................................................163 About the Author........................................................................................................164

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    PREFACE

    to the revised text, incorporating the Canon EOS 7D version 2 firmware update:

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