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Canon EOS 6D Digital Field Guide

ISBN: 978-1-118-51670-6
320 pages
June 2013
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The Canon EOS 6D is Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR camera to date and boasts an extensive feature set. This full-color, portable guide goes beyond the owner's manual to deliver clear, succinct descriptions of how these features and functions work and explains how they affect the resulting photos. With the expert advice and clear instructions, the Canon EOS 6D Digital Field Guide makes this sophisticated camera accessible to even first-time DSLR users 

  • Helps you to consistently achieve professional-level photography using the Canon EOS 6D
  • Walks you through the essential controls, features, and functions using step-by-step instructions and providing full-color images of each menu screen
  • Shows you how to get the exact shots you want, when you want them, and is packed with beautiful color photos
  • Shoot in Live View, choose the best settings for movie-making, and learn how to share your images and video online via the built-in Wi-Fi
  • Includes step-by-step techniques and professional tips on taking exceptional photos with your Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D Digital Field Guide is packed with so much helpful advice for getting the most out of your Canon EOS 6D, you'll find yourself referencing it again and again

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Introduction xviii


Quick Tour 1

Key Canon EOS 6D Controls  2

The Canon EOS 6D Menu System  5

Setting the date and time  6

Setting the image quality  7

Choosing a Shooting Mode   8

Getting Sharp Focus        9

Putting it All Together      10

CHAPTER 1 A Map of the Canon EOS 6D 15

The Controls on the Canon EOS 6D        16

The front of the camera  17

The top of the camera   19

The back of the camera  22

The side of the camera   26

Lens Controls    27

The Viewfi nder Display     30

The Camera Menus        31

CHAPTER 2 Camera Setup and Image Playback 39

Setting Image Quality and Processing

RAW Images In-Camera  40

JPEG format   40

RAW capture          43


Processing RAW images in-camera      47

Improving Image Quality    50

Reducing digital noise in-camera        50

Correcting vignetting and color fringing        52

Working with Folders and Files    54

Creating and selecting folders  54

Setting and changing file numbering     56

Continuous          56

Auto reset          57

Manual reset        57

Changing Setup Options    58

Changing general setup options         58

Changing playback options     65

Magnifying images    66

Using Quick Control to adjust

image playback    67

Searching for images and movies     68

Erasing and Protecting Images and Movies    68

Erasing images and movies    69

Protecting images and movies  69

CHAPTER 3 Working with Exposure 71

Setting Exposure Objectives      72

Defining exposure goals  72

Practical exposure considerations       72

Choosing an Exposure Mode     75

Basic Zone exposure modes   76

Scene Intelligent Auto mode         77

Creative Auto mode   78

Special Scene mode  81

Portrait mode        81

Landscape mode     82

Close-up mode       83

Sports mode        83

Night Portrait mode   84

Handheld Night Scene      84

HDR Backlight Control      85

Creative Zone exposure modes         85

Program AE mode    86

Shutter-priority AE mode    87

Aperture-priority AE mode   90

Manual mode        92

Bulb mode          94

Custom modes      94

Setting the ISO Sensitivity   95

Metering Light and Adjusting Exposures     99

Using metering modes  101

Evaluating exposures   103

Brightness histogram      103

RGB histogram      104

Modifying and bracketing exposures     106

Highlight Tone Priority     107

Safety shift         108

Auto Exposure Lock  108

Exposure compensation   109

Auto Exposure Bracketing  111

Creative Exposure Techniques   113

Making multiple-exposure images      113

Setting up for Multiple exposure mode shooting        114

Shooting in Multiple exposure mode   116

Shooting High Dynamic

Range images      118

Selecting a Drive Mode    120

CHAPTER 4 Getting Sharp Focus 123

Understanding the Autofocus System     124

Cross-type sensors     124

High- and standard-precision sensors   124

Setting Up and Using Autofocus  126

Choosing an autofocus mode and point          126

Focusing on action     130

CHAPTER 5 Getting Great Color 133

Working with Color       134

Choosing a Color Space    134

Comparing color spaces      135

Setting the color space  137

Setting the White Balance  138

Setting a Custom white balance        140

Setting a specific color temperature     143

Fine-tuning white balance     145

Using White Balance

Auto Bracketing   145

Using White Balance Correction     146

Working with Picture Styles     147

Choosing and customizing

Picture Styles       148

Registering a new Picture Style        153

Using the Picture Style Editor  154

CHAPTER 6 Customizing the Canon EOS 6D 157

Custom Function Groups   158

Custom Function Menus   159

CFn I: Exposure       160

Exposure level increments  160

ISO speed setting increments       160

Bracketing auto cancel     161

Bracketing sequence      161

Number of bracketed shots         162

Safety shift         163

CFn II: Autofocus/Drive      164

AI Servo Tracking sensitivity        164

Accel/desel Tracking     165

AI Servo 1st image priority  165

AI Servo 2nd image priority         166

AF-assist beam firing      166

Lens drive when AF impossible      167

Orientation linked AF point         167

Superimposed display     168

AF Microadjustment      168

CFn III: Operation/Others     172

Dial direction during Tv/Av  172

Focusing Screen    173

Multi function lock   173

Warnings in viewfinder    174

Custom Controls    175

Setting Custom Functions  178

Registering Custom Modes      179

Customizing My Menu    181

CHAPTER 7 Using the Live View Shooting Mode 185

About Live View Mode    186

Live View Mode Features and Functions         187

Focus options         188

Aspect ratio   190

Exposure simulation    191

Silent shooting modes  192

Metering timer        193

Using a flash          193

Working with Live View Mode   194

Setting up to shoot     194

Using the Quick Control button        196

Using metering modes  196

Shooting in Live View mode   196

CHAPTER 8 Recording and Watching Movies 201

About Movies   202

Video standards       202

Video on the 6D       203

Preparing to Record       207

Choosing the resolution and exposure mode     207

The Movie menu settings     209

Movie shooting menu 1    209

Movie shooting menu 2    210

Focusing options       217

Setting the ideal shutter speed         218

Color, audio, and lighting settings       219

Recording a Movie        220

Starting the recording   220

Tips for recording better movies        223

Playing Back Movies on the Camera       224

CHAPTER 9 Working with Flash 225

Deciding Whether to Use Flash   226

Calculating Flash Exposure      226

Using E-TTL II Technology  228

Using Off-camera Flashes  230

Radio versus optical Speedlite systems   230

Multicamera remote shooting         233

Working with Canon Speedlites        233

Setting fl ash options      234

Flash function settings     236

Flash exposure compensation       239

Flash exposure bracketing  241

Flash Exposure Lock      241

Setting Up Wireless Flashes   243

Using a one-light setup    243

Using multiple Speedlites  245

CHAPTER 10 Using the Canon EOS 6D Wireless Features 251

Wi-Fi Capabilities         252

Wi-Fi settings         252

Sharing images and video on the web   266

The Canon EOS Remote App    270

GPS Features and Functions     274

GPS settings          275

Image geotagging      278

The Canon Map Utility  278

APPENDIX A How to Use the Gray Card and Color Checker 279

The Gray Card   279

The Color Checker        280

Glossary 281

Index 291

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Michael Corsentino is an award-winning contemporary wedding and portrait photographer, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom expert, author, national speaker, and workshop leader. Michael also writes for Photoshop User Magazine, Shutter Magazine, and Resource magazine. He is dedicated to education, and shares his lighting and posing secrets, post-processing techniques, workflow strategies, and shooting philosophy in his popular seminars.

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