Understanding Lenses Part I & Understanding Lenses Part II

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Note: These ebooks will no longer be available after March 2017.

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Two ebooks for the price of one.

Lenses are the eyes of your camera. Once you understand how lenses see you can harness their creative potential to create eye-catching and dramatic images.

Understand Lenses: Part I teaches you how to get the best out of your kit and wide-angle lenses to photograph subjects such as people, architecture and the landscape. Part technical and buyers guide, it also explores the technologies behind Canon’s lens range, and tells you everything you need to know about buying new lenses – including why you don’t have to spend a fortune on a new lens to get good image quality.

Understanding Lenses: Part II continues where Part I left off. It shows you how to get the best out of your normal and telephoto lenses with subjects such as people, landscape, travel and close-up work. It also covers the Image Stabilizer, autofocus micro-adjustment, Canon extenders and the various types of Canon autofocus motors. This ebook explores the creative and practical aspects of some of Canon’s most exciting lenses.

Understanding Lenses Part I

Buying a new lens can be one of the most difficult choices you make as a photographer. How do you know which lenses are a good buy if you can’t try them out beforehand? Why do some Canon lenses cost so much and others so little? Should you buy a zoom lens or a prime? Is that superzoom a good a deal as it seems?

There are so many questions that it’s easy to get confused. That’s why I wrote Understanding Lenses: Part I – A guide to Canon wide-angle & kit lenses. Roughly half the eBook is dedicated to exploring Canon’s range of wide-angle and kit lenses. This section explains the differences between Canon’s lenses and gives you the information you require to decide which lens (or lenses) to buy.

The other half is dedicated to helping you get the best out of your kit and wide-angle lenses. Photography is a creative endeavour, and lenses are the eyes of your camera system. Once you understand how lenses see you can harness their creative potential to create eye-catching and dramatic images.

Understanding Lenses Part I ebook

What you will learn

  • How the choice of lens and focal length affect the aesthetics of your images.
  • Why you don’t have to spend a fortune on new lenses to get good image quality.
  • The history of EOS lenses and the EF, EF-S and EF-M mounts.
  • Why your kit lens is a better lens than you may think.
  • How to explore the creative potential of kit and wide-angle lenses.
  • What gear envy is and why you don’t need the most expensive lenses to make good photos.
  • The relationship between field-of-view and crop factor.
  • The key differences between zoom lenses and primes.
  • What sets an L series lens apart from the others and are they worth the extra money?
  • How to decide which lens to buy, and where you can find the information you need to make a purchasing decision.
  • How to use your wide-angle and kit lenses to take amazing photos of people, buildings and the landscape.
  • What causes flare and how to avoid it.
  • How to use the free software that comes with your camera to counter the effects of chromatic aberrations, vignetting and barrel distortion.
  • How to test your lenses to find the sharpest apertures to work at.
  • Updated to include the latest Canon lenses.

Understanding Lenses Part I ebook

Understanding Lenses Part II

Lens choice is one of the most important aesthetic decisions that we make as photographers. There are two stages in lens selection. The first is deciding which lens (or lenses) to buy. With over 60 current Canon lenses to chose from (plus those made by third party manufacturers) that can be confusing enough.

The second is getting the best out of the lenses that you own. As you get to know your lenses, and understand the effect of focal length and aperture on the aesthetics of the photo, you will learn how to use them to create dramatic, eye-catching images.

In Understanding Lenses: Part I I looked at wide-angle and kit lenses. Understanding Lenses: Part II is the follow up and explores Canon’s range of normal, short telephoto and super telephoto lenses.

The ebook is split into two sections. The first looks at the artistic side of using normal and telephoto lenses. It’s a guide to using them to help you create beautiful portraits, landscape, travel and close-up images.

The second part is a buying guide. It gives you an overview of Canon’s current lens range, and explains the differences between the various models. Whether your budget is £100 or £11,000 there is a Canon lens for you – and this section helps you make wise buying decisions and understand the technology behind the terms that Canon uses to describe its lenses.

Understanding Lenses Part II ebook

What you will learn

  • Why a 50mm prime lens could be one of the least expensive and most versatile lenses you ever own.
  • How to use a 50mm or 85mm prime lens for close-up work.
  • Why 50mm lenses are great portrait lenses on APS-C cameras.
  • The benefits of using short telephoto lenses for close-up, portrait, landscape and travel photography.
  • How telephoto lenses can improve your composition.
  • The relationship between aperture and depth-of-field.
  • How to obtain that shallow depth-of-field look with zoom lenses as well as primes.
  • What bokeh is and how to use it creatively.
  • Why lens choice is related to autofocus performance and how to tweak the autofocus performance of your lenses.
  • What is an Image Stabilizer and how it can help you take sharper photos.
  • What the six types of autofocus motor are in Canon lenses and which ones work the best.
  • How to interpret MTF charts.
  • How to use macro lenses and Canon extenders.
  • What’s so super about Canon super telephoto lenses.
  • Updated to include the latest Canon lenses.

Understanding Lenses Part II ebook

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Note: Understanding Lenses Part I and Understanding Lenses Part II are written specifically for the owners of Canon EOS digital SLRS.

Understanding Lenses Part I

Title: Understanding Lenses Part I: A guide to Canon wide-angle & kit lenses

Length: 79 double page spreads

Words: approx 21,000

Contents:

Introduction

A brief history of EOS lenses
An introduction to kit lenses
Inside a kit lens
Canon kit lenses
Using kit lenses
Wide-angle lenses
Field-of-view and crop factor
Using wide-angle lenses
Flare
Buying guide: wide-angle lenses
Notable Canon wide-angle lenses
Lens corrections
Lens corrections in Lightroom & DPP
Lens testing

Conclusion

Understanding Lenses Part II

Title: Understanding Lenses Part II: A guide to Canon normal and telephoto lenses

Length: 73 double page spreads

Words: approx 17,000

Contents:

Introduction

Part One: User’s Guide
50mm prime lenses
What is a normal lens?
Short telephoto lenses
Telephoto lenses
Aperture and prime lenses
Bokeh
Accurate focusing
Aperture and focusing screens
Autofocus micro-adjustment
IS and camera shake

Part Two: Buyer’s Guide
More notable Canon lenses
Lens elements
Autofocus motors
MTF charts
Super telephoto lenses
Canon extenders
Macro lenses
Glossary

Conclusion

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