A ShortCourse Book
Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography

Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography

Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography

This clearly written and easy-to understand short course on your Canon Powershot SX10 IS explains step-by-step how, why and when you use your camera's controls for better pictures. This guide is available as a traditional 159 page large-format (8.5 by 11) spiral bound book printed in black and white, and as a full-color, fully searchable PDF eBook you can order on a CD or download instantly.

Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography Pocket Guide
A Pocket Guide to the SX10 IS is the perfect field companion when you can't recall how to change your camera's settings. This 22 page easy to use guide covers all of the camera's settings step-by-step. Donít leave home without it; just print a copy and slip it in your pocket or purse. This guide is drawn from the comprehensive 160 page book A Short Course in Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography. To learn more about when and why you would make the settings summarized in this guide, you should also order a copy of the full-length book.

Click to order a PDF download of this pocket guide for $4.95US. After completing the checkout process, a download link is given on the thank you page and on your e-mail receipt.

Canon Powershot SX10 IS Photography ePub Pocket Guide
Finally, an SX10 IS Pocket Guide for your iPhone/iTouch formatted as an ePub so you can read it on the free eBook Stanza reader. It has the same contents, drawn from the same big book, as the PDF Pocket Guide described above.

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Click to download an ePub edition of this pocket guide for $9.95US. After completing the checkout process, a download link is provided on the thank you page and in your e-mail receipt. Follow the instructions displayed when you click the link above to display the Pocket Guide on your iPhone/iTouch.


Introducing Animations

The eBook edition of this book has links to 50 animations, movies, PDFs and other resources that illustrate and explain the core concepts of digital photography. Integrated throughout the eBook, these linked resources help you understand your camera better, and make you a better photographer.

To use the animations and other linked resources you need the eBook version of this book and an Internet connection.

Click to see how every camera is just a black box then minimize or close the animation window.
Click to see how full color images are created from only three colors then minimize or close the animation window.


New, a Short Courses digital photography book for people who want to get better pictures with their Canon Powershot SX10 IS camera. This beautifully written and illustrated guide, pulls together answers to the questions you might have about using the camera.


Chapter 1
Getting Started with your Canon SX10 IS ...7

The PowerShot SX10 IS— An Overview ...8
Jump Start— Taking Photos in Auto Mode ...9
Good Things to Know ...10
When Things Go Wrong ...12
Using the Monitor and Viewfinder ...13
Using Dials and Buttons ...15
Using Menus ...17
  • Tabbed Menus ...17
  • The Function Menu ...19
  • Resetting All Settings ...20
Managing Images in Review Mode ...21
Managing Images in Playback Mode ...22
  • Jumping To Images ...23
  • Erasing and Protecting Images ...23
Giving Slide Shows ...24
Using Categories ...26
  • My Categories ...26
  • Categorizing a Range of Images ...26
  • Auto Category ...27
Selecting Image Quality and Size ...28
  • Number of Pixels ...28
  • How an Image is Captured ...30
  • Itís All Black and White After All ...30
  • Choosing Image Quality and Size — Still Images ...31
  • Resizing Images ...33

Chapter 2
Controlling Exposure ...34

Understanding Exposure ...35
The Shutter Controls Light and Motion ...36
The Aperture Controls Light and Depth of Field ...38
Using Shutter Speed and Aperture Together ...40
  • Exposure— Faucets & Buckets Analogy ...41
  • Exposure— Seesaw Analogy ...42
Retaining Highlight and Shadow Details ...43
Choosing Shooting Modes ...44
Using Image Zone Modes ...45
Using Program AE (P) Mode and Program Shift ...47
Using Shutter-Priority (Tv) Mode ...48
Using Aperture-Priority (Av) Mode ...49
Using Manual (M) Mode ...50
How Your Exposure System Works ...51
Choosing a Metering Method ...53
When Automatic Exposure Works Well ...54
When to Override Automatic Exposure ...55
  • Scenes Lighter than Middle Gray ...55
  • Scenes Darker than Middle Gray ...56
  • Subject Against Very Light Background ...56
  • Subject Against Very Dark Background ...57
  • Scenes with High Contrast ...57
  • Hard to Meter Scenes ...58
How Overriding Autoexposure Works ...59
How to Override Automatic Exposure ...60
  • Exposure Compensation ...60
  • AE Lock ...61
  • Autoexposure Bracketing (AEB) ...62
  • Using Safety Shift ...63
  • The Exposure Button ...63
Using Histograms ...64
  • Displaying Histograms ...64
  • Evaluating Histograms ...64
  • Clipped Pixels ...66
  • Sample Histograms ...67

Chapter 3
Controlling Sharpness ...68

Getting Sharper Pictures ...69
  • Using the Self-timer ...69
  • Setting the Image Stabilization (IS) Mode ...70
  • Changing the ISO ...71
  • Auto ISO Shift ...72
Sharpness Isnít Everything ...74
How to Photograph Motion Sharply ...75
  • Speed of Subject ...75
  • Direction of Movement ...75
  • Distance to Subject and Focal Length of Lens ...76
Focus and Depth of Field ...77
  • Focus ...77
  • Depth of Field ...78
Focusing Techniques ...79
  • Focusing ...79
  • Changing the AF Frame ...79
  • Changing the AF Frame Size ...80
  • Moving the AF Frame ...80
  • Selecting an AF Mode ...81
  • Using Focus Lock and AF Lock (AFL) ...81
  • Using Servo AF ...82
Face Detect and Face Self-Timer ...83
  • Face Detect ...83
  • Face Self-Timer ...84
Manual Focus and Focus Bracketing ...85
  • Manual Focus ...85
  • Bracketing Focus ...86
Checking Focus ...87
  • Checking Focus in Shooting Mode ...87
  • Checking Focus in Playback and Review Modes ...88
Controlling Depth of Field ...89
Using Maximum Depth of Field ...90
Using Shallow Depth of Field ...91
Conveying the Feeling of Motion ...92

Chapter 4
Capturing Light & Color ...93

Where Does Color Come From? ...94
White Balance ...95
Color Balance and Time of Day ...97
Sunsets and Sunrises ...98
Photographing at Night ...100
  • Fireworks ...100
  • The Moon ...100
The Weather ...102
The Direction of Light ...104
The Quality of Light ...106

Chapter 5
Understanding Lenses ...107

The Zoom Lens ...108
Normal Zoom ...109
Wide-Angle Zoom ...110
Telephoto and Digital Zoom ...112
Portraits with a Zoom Lens ...115
Perspective in a Photograph ...116
Using Macro and Super Macro Modes ...117
Focusing and Depth of Field Close Up ...118

Chapter 6
Using Flash and Studio Lighting ...119

How Automatic Flash Works ...120
  • Flash Falloff ...120
  • Flash and Shutter Speeds ...120
  • Flash Settings ...121
  • Flash FAQs ...121
  • Using Safety FE ...121
  • Using a Small External Flash ...122
  • Using a Hot Shoe Mounted Speedlite ...122
Portraits with Flash ...123
Reducing and Removing Red-eye ...124
  • Reducing or Correcting Red-eye in Shooting Modes ...124
  • Removing Red-eye in PLayback Mode ...124
Using Flash On— Fill Flash ...126
Using Available Light ...127
Using Slow Synchro Flash ...128
Controlling Flash Exposures ...130
  • Flash Exposure Lock ...130
  • Flash Exposure Compensation ...130
  • Flash Modes ...131
Studio Lighting ...132
  • Candidates for Studio Lighting ...132
  • Lighting ...132
  • Backgrounds ...134
  • Risers ...134
  • Special Bulbs ...134
Portrait and Product Photography— Introduction ...135
The Main Light ...136
The Fill Light ...137
The Background Light ...138
The Rim Light ...139

Chapter 7
Special Features ...140

Panoramas—Stitch-Assist Mode ...141
  • Basic Techniques ...141
  • Stitch-Assist Mode ...142
Using i-Contrast ...143
  • Using i-Contrast While Shooting ...143
  • Using i-Contrast in Playback ...143
Using Color Accent and Color Swap ...144
Using My Colors ...145
  • Using My Colors in Shooting Mode ...145
  • Using My Colors in Playback Mode ...146
Continuous Photography ...147
Capturing Movies ...148
Playing Movies ...150
Editing Movies ...151
Recording Sound ...152
  • Attaching Sound to Images ...152
  • Sound Only Recording and Playback ...152
Using C (Custom) Mode ...153
Using The Shortcut Button ...154
Using the My Camera Menu ...155
Using My Menu ...156
Using the Set Up Menu ...157


A great photograph begins when you recognize a great scene or subject. But recognizing a great opportunity isnít enough to capture it; you also have to be prepared. A large part of being prepared involves understanding your camera well enough to capture what you see. Getting you prepared to see and capture great photographs is what this book is all about. It doesnít matter if you are taking pictures for business or pleasure, thereís a lot here to help you get better results and more satisfaction from your photography.

To get better, and possibly even great photographs, you need to understand both concepts and procedures; the "whys" and "hows" of photography.

  • Concepts of photography are the underlying principles that apply regardless of the camera you are using. They include such things as how sharpness and exposure affect your images and the way they are perceived by viewers. Understanding concepts answers the "why" kinds of questions you might have about photography.
  • Procedures are those things specific to one kind of camera, and explain step-by-step how you set your cameraís controls to capture an image just the way you want to. Understanding procedures gives you the answers to the ďhowĒ kinds of questions you might have.
This book is organized around the concepts of digital photography because thatís how photographers think. You think about scenes and subjects, highlights and shadows, softness and sharpness, color and tone. The procedures you use with the Canon Powershot SX10 IS are integrated throughout the concepts, appearing in those places where they apply. This integrated approach lets you first understand the concepts of photography and then see step by step how to use the SX10 IS in all kinds of photographic situations.

To get more effective, interesting, and creative photographs, you only need to understand how and when to use a few simple features on your camera such as focus, exposure controls, and flash. If youíve previously avoided understanding these features and the profound impact they can have on your images, youíll be pleased to know that you can learn them on a weekend. You can then spend the rest of your life marveling at how the infinite variety of combinations make it possible to convey your own personal view of the world. Youíll be ready to keep everything in a scene sharp for maximum detail or to blur it all for an impressionistic portrayal. Youíll be able to get dramatic close-ups, freeze fast action, create wonderful panoramas, and capture the beauty and wonder of rainbows, sunsets, fireworks, and nighttime scenes.

As you explore your camera, be sure to have fun. There are no "rules" or "best" way to make a picture. Great photographs come from using what you know to experiment and try new approaches. Digital cameras make this especially easy because there are no film costs or delays. Every experiment is free and you see the results immediately so you can learn step by step.

This book assumes youíve mastered the mechanics of your camera. Itís about getting great pictures, not about connecting your camera to computers and using your software. That information is well presented in the user guide that came with your camera. Be sure to visit our Web site at www.shortcourses.com for even more digital photography information.

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