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  • Canon DSLR

    Digital Photography Workflow

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  • The Digital Workfl ow series from Focal Press

    The Digital Workfl ow series off ers clear, highly illustrated, in-depth, practical guides to each part of the digital workfl ow process. They help photographers and digital image makers to work faster, work smarter, and create great images. The focus is on what the working photographer and digital image maker actually need to know to get the job done.

    This series is answering readers calls to create books that off er clear, no-nonsense advice, with lots of explanatory images, but dont stint on explaining why a certain approach is suggested. The authors in this series all professional photographers and image makers look at the context in which you are working whether you are a wedding photographer shooting 1000s of jpegs a week or a fi ne artist working on a single Raw fi le.

    The huge explosion in the amount of tools available to photographers and digital image makers as new cameras and software arrives on the market has made choosing and using equipment an exciting, but risk-fi lled venture. The Digital Workfl ow series helps you fi nd a path through digital workfl ow, tailored just for you.

    Series editor: Richard Earney

    Richard Earney is an award-winning Graphic Designer for Print and Web Design and Coding. He is a beta tester for Adobe Photoshop, a consultant for Photoshop Lightroom, on the Apple Developers program and is an expert on Digital Workfl ow. He has been a keen photographer for over 30 years and is a Licentiate of the Royal Photographic Society. He can be found at http://www.method-photo.co.uk

    Forthcoming titles in the series

    Mac OSX for Photographers

    File Management for Photographers

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  • Digital Photography Workflow

    CANON DSLRThe Ultimate Photographers Guide

    Christopher Grey

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  • Focal Press is an imprint of ElsevierLinacre House, Jordan Hill, Oxford OX2 8DP, UK30 Corporate Drive, Suite 400, Burlington, MA 01803, USA

    First published 2008

    Copyright 2008, Christopher Grey. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved

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    British Library Cataloguing in Publication DataGrey, ChristopherCanon DSLR: the ultimate photographers guide. (Digitalphotography workfl ow)1. Canon digital camerasI. Title771.33

    Library of Congress Number: 2007933397

    ISBN: 978-0-240-52040-7

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  • vIntroduction .............................................................................. vii

    Acknowledgments ..................................................................... ix

    Chapter 1 The Basics .................................................................. 3Aperture and Depth of Field ...................................................................3Shutter Speed ..............................................................................................7Reciprocity ................................................................................................. 10Resolution and Compression .............................................................. 14Quick Start .................................................................................................. 17

    Chapter 2 Workfl ow ................................................................. 23Successful Workfl ow ............................................................................... 23Paul Gero .................................................................................................... 31

    Chapter 3 The Cameras ........................................................... 39Digital Rebel XTi ....................................................................................... 39EOS 30D ...................................................................................................... 42EOS 5D ......................................................................................................... 45EOS 1D Mark II N, 1Ds Mark II .............................................................. 47The Incredible Canon 1D Mark III ....................................................... 50

    Chapter 4 Common Ground .................................................... 65Wise and Thoughtful Features ............................................................ 65Rod Evans .................................................................................................... 94

    Chapter 5 The Zones ..............................................................101Basic Zone ................................................................................................101The Creative Zone .................................................................................114David Bicho ...............................................................................................120

    Chapter 6 Focus, Exposure, and Style ..................................127Working with External Light Meters ...............................................127Picture Styles ...........................................................................................132Color Temperature ................................................................................148Perfect Focus and Exposure ...............................................................151Paul Hartley ..............................................................................................175

    CONTENTS

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    Contents

    Chapter 7 The Glass ...............................................................183Lenses ........................................................................................................183

    Chapter 8 Flash ......................................................................205Watt? Me Worry? ....................................................................................205

    Chapter 9 Digital Photo Professional ...................................239Maximizing the Digital Negative .....................................................239

    Chapter 10 Canon Gallery .....................................................265Canon Around the World ....................................................................265

    Index ........................................................................................287

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  • vii

    Welcome. The fact that youre reading this book means youve either just bought a Canon camera and want more information than the instruction book can give you (no surprise there) or that youre thinking of getting into the system and want to know more about it.

    As a professional photographer with a couple of million frames under his belt, my decision to give up another manufacturers system for Canon was not one that was undertaken lightly. Well, actually, it was. I tried Canons D30 some years ago and knew I was holding my future in my hands. I put my name in the hopper for a D60, moved from there to the 1Ds, and have been progressing ever since.

    Ive never regretted that decision.

    In my opinion, Canon made a quantum leap for photography, both mechanically but more importantly, philosophically, producing the best, most intuitive, and easiest to use equipment ever. That said, no digital equipment is easy. Yes, you can make a nice image (pretty much right out of the box, but also right down the middle of the road) in Full Auto or Program, but whats the point if you dont understand the subtleties?

    If you havent done so already, youre about to make a major fi nancial investment in your photographic future. Canons gear is the best this planet has ever seen thats my opinion, but its the opinion of a professional who makes h