Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Dummies

Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Dummies

by Doug Sahlin


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Get great digital shots with your Canon EOS 7D Mark II

This full-color guide to the features and functions of the Canon EOS 7D Mark II makes it easy for first-time users to get the most out of the camera and capture cool, professional-level photos. Packed with examples on how to create eye-popping digital photos, Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Dummies gives you a plain-English tour of the camera's controls, shows how to manipulate focus and color, gives step-by-step instructions on how to shoot better low-light and action shots, and so much more.

Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) cameras offer full control over exposure settings while also providing pre-sets and auto mode options for beginners. If you're just picking up—or considering buying—a Canon EOS 7D Mark II camera, this fun and friendly guide takes the intimidation out of making sense of the bells and whistles so you can get right down to snapping stunning photos.

  • Covers shooting in auto mode and using live view and playback modes
  • Explains how to dial in exposure and use lighting controls
  • Includes easy tips for printing, posting photos online, and other ways to share images
  • Gives you ten photo editing tricks and pro functions

If you're an amateur photographer who wants better-than-entry-level gear, or a pro looking for a budget camera to add to your collection, Canon EOS 7D Mark II For Dummies has the information you need to get more bang for your buck out of this powerful camera.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118722909
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/09/2015
Series: For Dummies Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 471,156
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Doug Sahlin operates a professional photography business specializing in event and portrait photography. He's shared his expertise on photo topics in Canon EOS 7D For Dummies and Canon EOS 6D For Dummies.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

About This Book 1

Foolish Assumptions 1

Conventions Used in This Book 2

The Long and Winding Road Book 2

Part I Getting to Know Your Cannon EOS 7D Mark II 2

Part II Going Beyond Point-and-Shoot Photography 3

Part III The Part of Tens 3

Icons and Other Delights 4

Shoot Lots of Pictures and Enjoy! 4

Part I Getting to know Your Canon EOS 7D Marks II 5

Chapter 1 Exploring the Canon EOS 7D Mark II 7

Getting to Know the Controls 8

Exploring the top of your camera 8

Exploring the back of your camera 10

Exploring the front of your camera 13

About the multi-function lock 15

Deciphering the LCD Panel 16

Decoding Viewfinder Information 19

Adjusting Viewfinder information 22

working with Lenses 22

Attaching a lens 22

Removing a lens 23

Using image stabilization lenses 24

Using a zoom lens 25

Using a lens hood 26

Introducing the GPS Feature 26

Exploring Camera Connections 26

Modifying Basic Camera Settings 28

Changing the date and time 28

Taking Care of Your Camera Bettery 34

Changing your Camera Battery 34

Cleaning the Sensor 35

Cleaning your sensor on command 36

Cleaning your sensor manually 37

Keeping your sensor clean 40

Accessorizing Your EOS 7D Mark II 40

Useful Canon accessories 42

Useful third-party accessories 42

Accessories for video 44

Keeping the Camera Body Clean 45

Chapter 2 Automatically Capturing Great Photographs 47

Ordering from Your Camera Menu 48

Taking Your First Picture 52

Understanding Exposure and Focal Length 54

Focusing On an Off-Center Subject 57

Using the Flash in Full Auto Mode 59

Using red-eye reduction 59

Shooting a red-eye-free portrait 60

Using the Self-Timer 61

Triggering the Shutter Remotely 62

Chapter 3 Specifying Image Size and Quality 65

Understanding Image Size and Quality 66

Specifying Image Format, Size, and Quality 67

Comparing Image Formats and File Sizes 69

Managing Image Files 71

Creating folders 71

Selecting a folders 2

Choosing a file-numbering method 73

Chapter 4 Using the LCD Monitor 75

Displaying Image Information 76

Using the Histogram 77

Previewing Your Images 78

Magnifying Images 79

Previewing Images side by side 80

Modifying Image Review Time 81

Changing Monitor Brightness 81

Deleting Images 83

Rotating Images 87

Protecting Images 88

Using the Quick Control Screen 89

Viewing Images as a Slide Show 90

Viewing Images on a TV Set 93

Chapter 5 Shooting Pictures and Movies with Live View 95

Taking Pictures with Live View 96

Displaying shooting information 97

Focusing with Live View 98

Using the Quick Control Menu in Live View mode 100

Displaying a grid in Live View mode 101

Exploring Other Useful Live View Options 102

Making Movies with Your Camera 104

Recording movies 105

Displaying video dimensions and frame rate 107

Changing video dimensions and frame rate 107

Taking a still picture while recording a movie 109

Using the Quick Control menu while shooting movies 109

Changing audio recording options 110

Previewing Movies on the Camera LCD Monitor 111

About the Handy Pad 112

Tips for Movie Shooting 112

Part II Going Beyond Point-and Shoot Photography 115

Chapter 6 Getting the Most from Your Camera 117

Shooting with Two Cards 118

Understanding Metering 121

Taking Pictures with Creative Modes 121

Understanding how exposure works in the camera 122

Using Programmed Auto Exposure mode 123

Using Aperture Priority mode 124

Using Shutter Priority mode 128

Using Manual mode 130

Shooting time exposures with Bulb mode 131

Modifying Camera Exposure 133

Using exposure compensation 133

Bracketing exposure 134

Locking exposure 136

Locking Focus 137

Choosing a Drive Mode 138

Using Custom Functions 140

Clearing custom Functions 141

Useful Menu Commands for Images 142

Enabling Long Exposure Noise Reduction 142

Enabling High ISO Speed Reduction 143

Enabling Highlight Tone Priority 145

Chapter 7 Using Advanced Camera Features 147

Viewing Battery Information 147

Using Auto Lighting Optimizer 49

Reducing Lens Flicker 150

Choosing a Metering Mode 151

Displaying the Grid 152

Using the Electronic Level 153

Tailoring Autofocus to Your Shooting Style 154

Choosing the Autofocus mode 154

Choosing the autofocus point mode 155

Switching to a single autofocus point 156

Using zone autofocus 157

Modifying autofocus to suit shooting style 158

Choosing a Picture Style 160

Specifying the Color Space 162

Setting White Balance 162

Specifying Color Temperature 165

Creating a Custom White Balance 166

Using White balance Compensation 168

Bracketing White balance 168

Setting the ISO Speed 171

Extending the ISO Range 172

Flash Photography and Your EOS 7D Mark II 173

Using the built-in flash 173

Changing the flash-sync speed in Av mode 175

Choosing second-curtain sync 176

Using auxiliary flash 176

Using flash compensation 179

Locking the flash exposure 180

Controlling External Speedlites from the Camera 180

Controlling a flash in the hot shoe 181

Gong wireless 183

Chapter 8 Mastering Your EOS 7D Mark II

Choosing the Optimal Settings for Specific Situations 187

Photographing Action 188

Photographing fast-moving subjects 188

Freezing action 190

Photographing slow-moving subjects 193

Photographing Landscapes 194

Photographing the Sunset 196

Photographing People and Things 198

Photographing People and pets 198

Exploring selective focus 200

Exoploring macro photography 201

Photographing Wildlife 201

Long Telephoto lenses 203

Photographing animals at the zoo 205

Photographing birds 205

Enhancing Your Creativity 207

Composing Your Images 208

Seeing, Thinking and Acting 211

Being in the moment 211

Practicing 'til your images are pixel-perfect 211

Becoming a student of photography 212

Never leaving home without a camera 213

Waiting for the light 214

Defining Your Goals 214

What's your center of interest? 214

What's your best vantage point? 215

What else is in the picture? 215

The genius of digital photography 216

Part III The Part of Tens 217

Chapter 9 Ten Tips and Tricks 219

Creating a Custom Menu 219

Adding Copyright Information to the Camera 222

Adding Author Name to the Camera 224

Creating and Registering a Picture Style 226

Editing Movies in the Camera 228

Updating Your Camera's Firmware 230

Registering Camera User Settings 231

Restoring Your Camera Settings 232

Customizing Your Camera 233

Getting Help 235

Chapter 10 Ten More Tips and Tricks 237

Adding GPS Information to Images 237

Disabling the Autofocus Beep 241

Creating HDR Images 242

Crating Multiple Exposures In-Camera 246

Using the Interval Timer 250

Shooting Time Exposures with the Bulb Timer 252

Modifying the Rate button 255

Crating a Makeshift Tripod 256

Crating Abstract Images in the Camera 256

Working with Photoshop Lightroom 258

Appendix A Digital SLR Settings and Shortcusts 261

Capturing Sporting Events 261

Setting the Camera 261

Taking the picture 262

Troubleshooting 264

Photographing Animals in the Wild 264

Setting the camera 265

Taking the picture 265

Troubleshooting 266

Photographing Horse Racing 267

Setting the camera 267

Taking the picture 267

Troubleshooting 269

Capturing a City Skyline 270

Setting the camera 270

Taking the picture 270

Troubleshooting 272

Appendix B Photographing Landscapes 273

Photographing Grand Vistas 273

Setting the camera 274

Taking the picture 275

Troubleshooting 277

Photographing Mountains 278

Setting the camera 279

Taking the picture 2280

Troubleshooting 281

Photographing Beach Sunsets 282

Setting the camera 282

Taking the picture 283

Troubleshooting 284

Photographing Reflections in Still Water 285

Setting the camera 286

Taking the picture 287

Troubleshooting 288

Index 291

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