Coming back from a very long time off. A complex setup of personal and professional changes simply took all my time leaving nothing to be used in photography in any way. Sad but true.
Now things come back to a manageable state, so I can start coming back to writing, at least 🙂
In this period a book came to my hand and manage to finish reading it: “Canon ESO 60D – From Snapshots to Great Shots” from Nicole S. Young. Nicole is a great photographer and recently has been involved in several projects I’ve been following. She’s the author of the “Food Photography” book of this series, and also the one for the 7D and 70D Canon ESO cameras.
The Canon EOS 60D (and now the 70D) is labelled as a “prosumer” camera and that fits a couple of profiles. The “I really like photography, but can’t afford a full frame camera and the cost of full frame lenses”. The “I used to photograph in the past and would like to come back, but I don’t want to spend a bunch of money before I’m sure”. The camera has a nice look and feel, at least for my size of hand. They didn’t save in buttons and dials, so you can have a good level of control without too much effort, more like a pro camera.
When I first saw the book I thought on something like “a secret user’s manual for my camera”, cool. The book is more a book about photography, from the basic concepts of composition and exposure triangle, to some more “advanced” stuff.
Then, the question is, why is it a book for 60D users? It’s not entirely. It’s a book that is useful to anyone starting/restarting in photography that wants to improve. The 60D part comes into play because the book shows “how do you do this part that I’m teaching you in a 60D”. For example: talks about ISO and it tells you how to change the ISO in the 60D. Talks to you about “aperture priority” and tells you how to put the 60D in aperture priority mode and how to control it.
In addition, the book brings a set of challenges at the end of each chapter that may or not be directly related to how the camera works, but always a nice photography exercise.
I don’t know if other “camera specific” books from this series have this kind of content and are that good, but this is surely a recommended reading to anyone with a prosumer level Canon camera and possible to anyone willing to learn some nice basics of photography in a didactic and well written way.