Canon EOS 6D
281 Pages

Canon EOS 6D



The Canon EOS 6D is the latest of Canon's full-frame DSLR cameras. Its impressive array of advanced capabilities allows the photographer more influence over the final image.

This book's exploration of the EOS 6D goes beyond that of the user's manual. It provides illustrations, step-by-step setting adjustments, helpful suggestions for setup, and detailed explanations for each of the camera's many features and menu configurations. The text is illustrated with easy-to-follow screenshots and example images. This book will also introduce intermediate-level camera users to DSLR model-differentiating features: built-in GPS and Wi-Fi. The content covers effective use of the camera's hardware (and some software) as well as certain related accessories, with little emphasis on general photography.

Author James Johnson covers everything from basic camera features to advanced photographic options. With this book as your guide, you'll learn to successfully use this powerful camera.



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Published 14 August 2013
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EAN13 9781457182150
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Canon EOS 6D
WhenJames (Jim) Johnsonfrom a retired 25-year career as a software developer for IBM, he had already been working as a contract tech-nical editor for Microsoft. After his retirement, technical editing and technical writing became his primary source of income to cover the cost of his "toys," most of which were computer equip-ment and photographic equipment. Jim’s involvement with cameras began in the mid ’50s when he needed to record the interior of caves in Kentucky. At the time, the greatest challenge was to provide adequate illumination in a manner that did not defile the caves; thus, he purchased a Leica 3F camera (which was then the norm) and experimented with numerous lighting sources. He was later able to add a nice piece of brass-and-glass manufactured by Canon during the post-war occupation. That 100mm telephoto lens was every bit as sharp and capable as the Leica lenses. And so began an appreciation for Japa-nese camera equipment. There have been numerous Nikon cameras and lenses over the years, but Jim’s peers are ardent Canon enthusiasts, so he now entertains himself by exploring the latest Canon products. Jim and his wife Heather live on the California coast, with their home overlook-ing the Morro Bay estuary. The coast, the bays, and the mountains all combine to host a vast array of botanical subjects which are the focus of Jim’s current photo-graphic interest.
Canon EOS 6D The Guide to Understanding and Using Your Camera
Jim Johnson
James Johnson
Editor: Maggie Yates Copyeditor: Aimee Baldridge Layout: Petra Strauch Cover Design: Helmut Kraus, Proofreader: Julie Simpson Printer: Sheridan Books, Inc. Printed in USA
ISBN 9-1-9353-29-3
1st Edition 2013 © 2013 by James Johnson
Rocky Nook, Inc. 02 E. Cota Street, 3rd Floor Santa Barbara, CA 93103
 Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data
Johnson, James, 1935-Canon EOS 6D : the guide to understanding and using your camera / by James Johnson. -- 1st edition.  pages cm ISBN 9-1-9353-29-3 (softcover : alk. paper) 1. Canon digital cameras--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 2. Single-lens reflex cameras--Handbooks, manuals, etc. 3. Photography--Digital techniques--Handbooks, manuals, etc. I. Title. TR263.C3J524 2013 1.3--dc23  201301549
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A number of people have contributed to the preparation of this book. Very early in the writing, I asked Marlin Harms and Bob Canepa, two published photogra-phers from the California Central Coast, to contribute most of the chapter-opening photos. Bob also provided the book’s foreword. As always, the staff of Rocky Nook (Joan Dixon, Maggie Yates, Matthias Rossmanith, as well as the technical editors hired for their special areas of expertise) is always helpful andavailable. Of course, my most valuable colleague and collaborator is my best friend, Heather, who is also my wife, editor, advisor, and motivator. This book is dedicated to her.
vi Preface
The Canon EOS (Electro-Optical System) camera was introduced in 19 with the film-based Canon EOS 650, Canon’s first auto-focus camera. Though today’s Canon SLR cameras are digital, Canon‘s current DSLR system still uses the EOS technol-ogy. The acronym EOS was chosen to honor Eos, Greek mythology’s Titan goddess of dawn, and is often pronounced as a word, although some spell out the letters, reading it as an initialism. The Canon EOS 6D is, as of this writing, the smallest, lightest, and least expensive full-frame DSLR that Canon provides. Nonetheless, the 6D comes with a robust set of menus with which you can fine-tune the camera‘s default settings, customize numerous operational parameters, perform several in-camera editing steps, and initiate specific utilities. The EOS 6D is also Canon‘s first DSLR with built-in GPS and Wi-Fi functions. The sheer number of features available in the EOS 6D, as well as the numerous menus and controls, tend to overwhelm the mind’s ability to comprehend, recall, and correctly apply the appropriate settings for achieving the best possible pho-tos. I encourage you to rely on this book, the Instruction Manual, and the camera’s built-in Help facilities for assistance with those what-and-how concerns. This will allow your mind to remain alert for photographic opportunities, composition, and exposure. The Canon EOS 6D is a sophisticated DSLR. It is more capable (and complex) than Canon cameras in the Rebel series, the two-digit D-series, and even the D series, but it is certainly not in the same league as the 5D Mark III or the profes-sional 1D cameras. I’ve written this book for photographers who are upgrading to the 6D; this text covers the features of the 6D and instructs on implementation and management of those features. Professional photographers who acquire a 6D as a back-up camera for their 1D-series camera or their 5D Mark III will have already mastered most of these techniques and processes. Some of the features available in the EOS 6D are quite sophisticated; some are so complex that they are difficult to describe in words. For such instances, you may want to access one or more of the online videos or articles that Canon has made available at:
Though I will mention subjects such as shooting movies and shooting stills with the Scene Intelligent Auto mode, I’ve written this book predominantly for an audi-ence of still-photo shooters with skills ranging from those of amateurs with prior DSLR experience to full-time professionals. This book is written with photographers in mind who are comfortable with basic photography, but who need an under-standing of the myriad features, functions, options, and settings available with the EOS 6D camera. I use the model-designations Canon applies to the models sold in the United States. If you have a model intended for a non-US market, it will likely have a differ-ent model designation.
Table of Contents
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Acknowledgements Preface Foreword
Chapter One: The Equipment Checking Out the New Package The Body-Only Package The Body and Lens Kit What Else Do I Need? Memory Cards Optional Items
Chapter Two: Buttons, Dials, Knobs, and Their Purposes Camera Body Reference From the Back From the Top From the Front From the Bottom From the Left Side (Closed) From the Left Side (Open) From the Right Side (Closed) From the Right Side (Open)
Chapter Three: Managing Dials, Buttons, and Switches The Dials The Mode Dial The Main Dial The Quick Control Dial The Dioptric Adjustment Knob Buttons The Quick Control Button The Magnify Button The Shutter Button The Depth-of-Field Preview Button The Lens Release Button The Mode Dial Lock Release Button
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The MENU Button The INFO Button The SET Button The AF Point Selection Button The AE Lock/FE Lock Button The Autofocus Start Button The AF (Autofocus Operation Selection) Button The DRIVE (Drive Mode Selection) Button The ISO (ISO Speed Setting) Button The Metering Mode Selection Button The LCD Panel Illumination Button The Playback Button The Erase Button The Start/Stop Button The Multi-controller Switches The Power Switch The Live View Shooting/Movie Shooting Switch The Multi-function Lock Switch
Chapter Four: Finding and Interpreting Image-Related Information Before an Exposure Internal Information After an Exposure It’s All in the LCD Monitor
Chapter Five: Capturing Light— The Exposure Parameters ISO Aperture Shutter Speed Metering
Chapter Six: Capturing the Image—Composition and Focus Composition Focus How It Works How Many Autofocus Points Do You Need?