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I'm a snoop. Whenever I'm out with my camera (and even when I'm not) I look at other people's cameras. OK, I actually don't look at the cameras as much as I look at how they're set. Most people have their camera's set on "AUTO." I try and hide my disappointment. It's the same disappointment I get when someone asks why their sweet and expensive camera isn't taking those perfect pictures they expected.

This paragraph was intended to let me rail against buying beautifully capable cameras then throttling them by choosing the white bread and mayonnaise approach to photography. That was my intention, but then I stopped and realized most people don't have a clue what the non-auto settings change. It's a problem. It's not the buyer's fault.

Problem solved--at least for some Canon Rebel owners. I've been thumbing through Ben Long's "The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion" and it's sister publication "The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion." These books are the cure for "AUTO," simply described as the camera's choice for the "safest" shot, but often not the best shot.

It's not that new camera owners don't want to know how to get the best photos. They do. Unfortunately, new camera owners don't even know what questions to ask! What I immediately liked was these books (they are virtually the same book, just customized for the individual camera models) gave easy to follow explanations without being condescending. When it came to common problems there were illustrations before the cure was prescribed. You get a chance to look and say, "Yeah, that's my problem," then move to the step-by-step fix.

These are books on specific cameras, but also on general photography. There's a lot of nuts and bolts help on composition, exposure and technique that is applicable to any camera. Let me let my ego butt in for a second. As I thumbed through the books all I could think was that's exactly the advice I'd give!

Both "The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS/1000D Companion" and "The Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi/450D Companion" list for $24.99 and are published by O'Reilly. This is how you should spend the money you're no longer spending on film.

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post #2 of 8
For a moment there i thought you were trying to sell us this stuff XD. Then i thought "somebody with 662 posts, 385 rep, throwing their account away like this?" so now i'm not sure

Alot of those threads are on OC'ers lately...
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lol actually dude I know there's quite a few camera enthusiasts on this site, so I thought this might be interesting to them. That's all.

Although the thread is fairly dead, other than your post, the views are what matters. =]
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I bought a similar book when I bought my Nikon D60. It's a very layman's guide to shooting and the camera, but it's a wonderful place to start and to get ideas from. It's about the same length as the manual, and it's in English instead of Engrish!
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Pentax K200D FTW!

Yes, I'm one of those people.
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If you're getting a Rebel, STOP.


Now go to Cameta Camera, get a Sigma SD14, and read some REAL tutorials on light theory, photographic principles, and play with a nice mid-range EX zoom lens for the same price. It's an eccentric camera, but it's good that way...

No scene modes = EPIC EPIC EPIC EPIC WIN



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Originally Posted by AN HERO View Post
If you're getting a Rebel, STOP.


Now go to Cameta Camera, get a Sigma SD14, and read some REAL tutorials on light theory, photographic principles, and play with a nice mid-range EX zoom lens for the same price. It's an eccentric camera, but it's good that way...

No scene modes = EPIC EPIC EPIC EPIC WIN



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Sigma glass= WIN
Sigma body= FAIL
No scene modes= EPIC WIN
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I had one of the original film based Rebels, back in the early 90s I guess it was. Granted that I'm not a photography enthusiast like some of you obviously are, but I have to contest the "Auto sucks eggs" point of this article. While I am certain that turning all the nuts, bolts, and levers could result in some truly spectacular shots, Auto mode produced very, very good shots...far better than any other camera I, or anyone I knew, used at the time.

I think photography compares very well to PC overclocking. Those who really, really get into it and want to squeeze the most out of their PC are going to learn about and undertake overclocking; but for the vast majority of people, stock is just fine, thank you very much. And for those who really, really get into it and want to squeeze the absolute best, professional looking pictures out of their camera, they are going to learn about photography and how to use every feature on their camers; but for the vast majority of people just taking snapshots, Auto and scene modes work just fine, thank you very much.

Now all that said, I think the structure of this book sounds like a great tutorial for those who might want to dip their toes into better photography, but find the topic initially overwhelming.
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