Review by Scott Bourne

Book by Nicole Young

I think I am pretty sure that I received one of the first production Canon 7D models sold in the USA. I received the camera at Photoshop World last year in Vegas. In the one year that this camera has been available I have shot video and stills on it and think it’s an amazing piece of gear.

At the same time I got my camera, Nicole Young (who occasionally guest posts here at Photofocus) got hers. She was tapped to write the Canon 7D book for Peachpit and all I can say is, WOW!

Canon 7D: From Snapshots to Great Shots should be considered required reading for any Canon 7D owner. If you own this camera or are considering it for purchase, stop reading this review and order the book now. Then come back.

I am not just saying that because I have spent time mentoring Nicole. I am saying it because I know how hard she works, how thorough she is and how dedicated to photography she is.

Reading a camera manual is usually quite boring. Most people don’t do it. You can replace your Canon 7D manual with this book and learn more about your camera than you realized possible and still have fun. While you’re at it, you might just learn something about photography. More on that in a minute.

Nicole covers all the basics, plus she opens up the world of the advanced capabilities of this camera by discussing all of its manual and custom modes. She talks about which button does what and shows you how to make that all count for good images.

She covers video, low light shooting, advanced settings and more. Now here’s where this book is different. She also goes into using this camera and obtaining great images by discussing composition, focus, depth of field and more.

Nicole is an ego-less teacher who presents her material in a straight forward fashion that is easy to read. I know she is eager to please and eager to help. You’ll know that too after reading this book.

The illustrations in this book will make your 7D much easier to understand and will help sort out all the things you really need to know to make great images with the 7D.

Highly recommended!

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This post sponsored by LEDZ – LED lights for photography and video.

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  1. [...] Fara sa citesti un manual e greu, in general se crede, ca  doar pui aparatul la ochi apesi si gata… Dar diavolu’ sta in detalii si cind vezi ce porcarii ies din camera incepi sa dai vina pe ea. Si de pomana… ca pina la urma un DSLR e foarte flexibil si suficient de prost ca sa faca intocmai ce il pui tu sa faca.  Poti sa alegi sistemul de masurare potrivit scenei pe care vrei sa o fotografiezi, balansul de alb pe care poti sa il faci si pe ‘custom’, diafragma in functie de subiect si evident de ce vrei sa exprimi si la toate astea mai adaugi sensibilitatea si un timpul de expunere si iti dai seama ca lucrurile devin mai complicate decit ‘pui aparatul la ochi, apesi si gata… ‘  La toate astea se mai adauga controlul blitzurilor din camera (specific pentru 7D), ‘custom function’, modul de filmare… Americanii practici cum sint ei au stiut sa speculeze asta si pe linga manual au facut carti care sint mai mult interesante decit manualul in sine (pe nedrept considerat anost), care iti explica foarte bine de ce, si totul intr-o poveste usor de urmarit. Iata, aici: pentru 7D [...]

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