Canon 7D Experience - PDF Version

Take control of your Canon 7D and the images you create!

Canon 7D Experience is an e-book user's guide and tutorial to help you learn to use your EOS 7D to its full potential.

Canon 7D Experience - The Still Photographer's Guide to Operation and Image Creation (PDF format version) is an e-book user's guide and tutorial that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated and powerful camera, plus when and why to use them in your photography. It is the only Canon 7D user's guide updated for Firmware Version 2.0! Written in the clear and concise manner of all Full Stop guides, Canon 7D Experience can help you learn to use your EOS 7D quickly and competently, to create the types of images you want to capture.

Take control of your camera, the image taking process, and the photos you create!

As one Canon user has said about Doug's guides: "I don't know how I could fully take advantage of all the features the camera has to offer without this publication! It's well-organized, easy to understand, and succinct enough to keep your attention while still containing a wealth of information to get the most out of your camera."

This instant download Canon 7D book is for those who wish to take fuller advantage of the capabilities of their camera and to go beyond Auto and Program modes and shoot competently in Av and Tv modes. To get you started, it includes explanations and recommended settings for all Custom Functions, Menu settings, and Movie Mode settings of the 7D, including all the new Firmware Version 2 changes. Aimed towards intermediate photographers, it also covers basic dSLR camera functions and exposure concepts for those new to digital SLR photography, and explains more advanced camera controls and operation, such as taking control of the powerful autofocus system for sharp focus of still or moving subjects, using the various metering modes and exposure compensation for correct exposure of every image, and utilizing dramatic depth of field. This guide builds upon the information provided in the manual and explains essential settings and information to help you get out there shooting in the real world.

This PDF e book can be read on your computer and printed on your printer, or transferred and read on an iPad, Android, or other tablet, Kindle, Nook, or other eReader. You can preview Canon 7D Experience at the following link. The preview shows the Table of Contents and Introduction, a sample 7D Menu Settings page, a sample Custom Functions page, and sample text pages.

Canon 7D Experience not only covers the various settings, functions and controls of the Canon 7D, but it also explains when and why to use them for your photography. The guide focuses on still-photography with a brief introduction to the movie menus and settings to get you up and running with video. Sections include:

  • Setting Up Your 7D - All of the EOS 7D Custom Function settings and Menu settings, including movie mode menus and Version 2 Firmware additions, with brief descriptions and recommended settings for practical, everyday use. These settings are a significant part of what makes the 7D such a unique and powerful camera. Set up and customize the advanced features to work best for the way you photograph.
  • Aperture Priority Mode (Av) and Shutter Priority Mode (Tv) - How and when to use them to create dramatic depth of field or to freeze or express motion.
  • Auto Focusing Modes and Drive Modes - The 7D autofocus system is a revolutionary upgrade for Canon dSLR cameras, and taking control of it will enable you to successfully capture more action images. Learn the AF Modes and AF Area Modes, how they differ, how and when to use them to capture sharp images of both still and moving subjects. Also how and when to use focus lock and back-button focusing.
  • Exposure Metering Modes of the Canon 7D - How they differ, how and when to use them for correct exposures in every situation. Also how to make use of exposure lock.
  • Histograms, Exposure Compensation, Bracketing, and White Balance - Understanding and using these features for adjusting to the proper exposure in challenging lighting situations.
  • The Image Taking Process - A descriptive tutorial for using the settings and controls you just learned to take photos.
  • Composition - Brief tips, techniques, and explanations, including the creative use of depth of field.
  • Lenses - Explanation of Canon lenses and notations, and choosing your next lens.
  • Photography Accessories - The most useful accessories for day-to-day and travel photography.
  • Introduction to Video Settings - Some basic settings to get you started.

This digital guide to the Canon 7D is a 163 page, illustrated PDF document that expands upon the information found in the 7D manual, to help one begin to master their dSLR and learn to use the Canon 7D to its full capabilities. It is packed with helpful information applicable to the new and intermediate dSLR photographer - to begin to turn you into an advanced digital photographer!

Doug Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer dedicated to documenting the work of international aid organizations. He has photographed for numerous organizations in Latin America and the United States, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association. Learn more about photography equipment and techniques on his blog Picturing Change at and view his photography at

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