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Introduction

Introduction

If you are reading this book, there’s a pretty good chance that you have read other “how-to” photography books. Many of those books will be either camera-specific (how to use the settings on your camera) or will be about the methods and techniques used to create specific types of images (landscape, portrait, HDR, etc.). In this book you get the best of both worlds—you learn how to use your 60D and its specific features as well as the different methods and photography techniques to capture those images.

Here’s a quick Q&A about the book to help you understand what you’ll see in the following pages:

Q:WHAT CAN I EXPECT TO LEARN FROM THIS BOOK?
A:My goal in writing this book is to help owners of the Canon 60D learn more about the specific settings and features of their camera and put that knowledge to use to make great images. You’ll also find a ton of general and advanced photography tips and tricks in each of the chapters to push your photography to the next level.
Q:IS EVERY CAMERA FEATURE GOING TO BE COVERED?
A:No. I wrote about what I feel are some of the most important features on your 60D, but don’t worry! There’s a lot of information in here. This is more than just a book on simple steps to get you started...I really dig into some of the advanced features to make sure that you get as much as possible out of your 60D.
Q:SO, IF I ALREADY OWN THE MANUAL, WHY DO I NEED THIS BOOK?
A:Your manual does a great job of explaining how to use the features in your camera, but it doesn’t necessarily tell you why or when to use them. I tried my best to do both so that you not only know about the knobs, buttons, and settings in your 60D but also what the best situations are to make use of the features and settings on your camera.
Q:WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES ALL ABOUT?
A:At the end of each chapter, I list a few exercises you can do to practice and solidify some of the techniques and settings you learned about in that chapter. Feel free to try them out if you like, and if you do, be sure to check out the Flickr group and share what you’ve learned!
Q:SHOULD I READ THE BOOK STRAIGHT THROUGH OR CAN I SKIP AROUND FROM CHAPTER TO CHAPTER?
A:Well, both! The first few chapters are going to give you a lot of basics behind your 60D and digital photography in general, so if you don’t quite have a grasp of either of those yet, it’s a good idea to read through them before heading on to the rest of the book.

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