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David Busch's Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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David Busch's Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography

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Jul 13, 2016


David Busch's Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography is your all-in-one comprehensive resource and reference for the Canon EOS 80D camera. This upgraded 24-megapixel model features an enhanced autofocus system with twice as many focus points as its predecessor. The Dual Pixel CMOS hybrid autofocus brings lightning-fast phase detect AF to live view and high-definition movie modes, too. The 80D has Wi-Fi/ NFC connectivity to allow linking the camera to a computer and iOS or Android smart devices, and an improved swiveling touch screen LCD. With this book in hand, you can quickly apply all these advanced features to your digital photography, while boosting your creativity to take great photographs with your Canon EOS 80D.

Filled with detailed how-to steps and full-color illustrations, David Busch's Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography covers all this upscale camera's features in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy 80D "roadmap," an easy-to-use visual guide to the camera's features and controls. Learn when to use each option and, more importantly, when not to use them, by following the author’s recommended settings for every menu entry. With best-selling photographer and mentor David Busch as your guide, you'll quickly have full creative mastery of your camera’s capabilities, whether you're shooting on the job, as an advanced enthusiast, or are just out for fun. Start building your knowledge and confidence, while bringing your vision to light with the Canon EOS 80D today.
Jul 13, 2016

À propos de l'auteur

With more than two million books in print, David D. Busch is the world’s #1 best-selling camera guide author, with more than 100 guidebooks for Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus, Pentax, and Panasonic cameras, and many popular books devoted to digital photography and imaging techniques. His best-sellers include Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies, which has sold more than 300,000 copies in five editions, and Mastering Digital SLR Photography, now in its Fourth Edition. The graduate of Kent State University is a former newspaper reporter/photographer, and operated his own commercial photo studio, shooting sports, weddings, portraits, fashion, architecture, product photography, and travel images. For 22 years he was a principal in CCS/PR, Inc., one of the largest public relations/marketing firms based in San Diego, working on press conferences, press kits, media tours, and sponsored photo trade magazine articles for Eastman Kodak Company and other imaging companies. His 2500 articles and accompanying photos have appeared inside and on the covers of hundreds of magazines, including Popular Photography, Rangefinder, and Professional Photographer. For the last decade, Busch has devoted much of his time to sharing his photographic expertise, both in publications, and in seminar/workshops he hosts at the Cleveland Photographic Society School of Photography. He has been a call-in guest for 21 different radio shows nationally and in major markets, including WTOP-AM (Washington), KYW-AM (Philadelphia), USA Network (Daybreak USA), WPHM-AM (Detroit), KMJE-FM (Sacramento), CJAD-AM (Montreal), WBIX-AM (Boston), ABC Radio Network (Jonathan & Mary Show). He’s also been a call-in guest for one Canadian television show, and appeared live on Breakfast Television in Toronto, the Today Show of the Great White North. With a total of more than 200 books to his credit, Busch has had as many as five books appear simultaneously in the Amazon.com Top 25 Digital Photography Books, and when Michael Carr of About.com named the top five digital photography books for beginners, the initial #1 and #2 choices were Busch’s Digital Photography All-in-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. His work has been translated into Arabic, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, Bulgarian, German, Italian, French, and other languages. Busch’s Web portal is www.dslrguides.com

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David Busch's Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography - David D. Busch




David D. Busch

David Busch’s Canon® EOS® 80D

Guide to Digital SLR Photography

David D. Busch

Project Manager: Jenny Davidson

Series Technical Editor: Michael D. Sullivan

Layout: Bill Hartman

Cover Design: Mike Tanamachi

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ISBN: 978-1-68198-158-1

1st Edition (1st printing, September 2016)

© 2016 David D. Busch

All images © David D. Busch unless otherwise noted

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For Teryn and Tom


Thanks to everyone at Rocky Nook, including Scott Cowlin, managing director and publisher, for the freedom to let me explore the amazing capabilities of the Canon EOS 80D in depth. I couldn’t do it without my veteran production team, including project manager, Jenny Davidson, and series technical editor, Mike Sullivan. Also thanks to Bill Hartman, layout; Valerie Hayes Perry, indexing; Mike Beady, proofreading; Mike Tanamachi, cover design; and my agent, Carole Jelen, who has the amazing ability to keep both publishers and authors happy.

About the Author

With more than two million books in print, David D. Busch is the world’s #1 bestselling camera guide author, and the originator of popular series like David Busch’s Pro Secrets, David Busch’s Compact Field Guides, and David Busch’s Quick Snap Guides. He has written more than 50 hugely successful guidebooks for Canon and other digital SLR models, including the all-time #1 bestsellers for several different cameras, additional user guides for other camera models, as well as many popular books devoted to dSLRs, including Mastering Digital SLR Photography, Fourth Edition and Digital SLR Pro Secrets. As a roving photojournalist for more than 20 years, he illustrated his books, magazine articles, and newspaper reports with award-winning images. He’s operated his own commercial studio, suffocated in formal dress while shooting weddings, and shot sports for a daily newspaper and an upstate New York college. His photos and articles have appeared in Popular Photography, Rangefinder, Professional Photographer, and hundreds of other publications. He’s also reviewed dozens of digital cameras for CNet and other CBS publications.

When About.com named its top five books on Beginning Digital Photography, debuting at the #1 and #2 slots were Busch’s Digital Photography All-In-One Desk Reference for Dummies and Mastering Digital Photography. He has had as many as 18 books listed in the Top 100 of Amazon.com’s Digital Photography Bestseller list—simultaneously! Busch’s 200-plus other books published since 1983 include bestsellers like Digital SLR Cameras and Photography for Dummies.

Busch is a member of the Cleveland Photographic Society (www.clevelandphoto.org), which has operated continuously since 1887. Visit his website at http://www.canonguides.com.




Chapter 1
Thinking Outside of the Box

First Things First

Initial Setup

Battery Included

Final Steps

Chapter 2
Canon EOS 80D Quick Start

Navigating the Menus

Mastering the Touch Screen

Selecting a Shooting Mode

Choosing a Metering Mode

Choosing a Focus Mode

Selecting an AF Area Selection Mode

Other Settings

Adjusting ISO

Using the Self-Timer

Using the Built-in Flash

Taking a Picture

Reviewing the Images You’ve Taken

Cruising Through Index Views

Transferring Photos to Your Computer

Shooting Tips

Chapter 3
Canon EOS 80D Roadmap

Front View

The Canon EOS 80D’s Business End

Jumping Around

Going Topside

LCD Panel Readouts

Underneath Your 80D

Lens Components

Looking Inside the Viewfinder

Chapter 4
Nailing the Right Exposure

Getting a Handle on Exposure

How the 80D Calculates Exposure

Correctly Exposed



Choosing a Metering Method

Choosing an Exposure Method

Basic Zone Exposure Methods



Program Mode

Manual Exposure

Adjusting Exposure with ISO Settings

Dealing with Visual Noise

Making EV Changes

Fast EV Changes

Slower EV Changes

Bracketing Parameters

Bracketing Auto Cancel

Bracketing Sequence

Number of Exposures

Increment Between Exposures

Working with HDR

Using HDR Mode

HDR Backlight Control

Bracketing and Merge to HDR

Fixing Exposures with Histograms

Tonal Range

Histograms and Contrast

Understanding Histograms

Basic Zone Modes

Making Changes in Basic Zone Modes

Chapter 5
Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus

How Focus Works

Contrast Detection

Phase Detection

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Cross-Type Focus Point

Focus Modes

Adding Circles of Confusion

Your Autofocus Mode Options

One-Shot AF

AI Servo AF

AI Focus AF

Manual Focus

Selecting an AF Area Selection Mode

AF with Color Tracking

Other Important AF Parameters

Back-Button Focus

Activating Back-Button Focus

Fine-Tuning the Autofocus of Your Lenses

Lens Tune-Up

Chapter 6
Live View and Movies

Working with Live View

Live View Essentials

Enabling Live View

Activating Live View

Live View Information Screens

Final Image Simulation

Silent Shooting

Quick Control

Focusing in Live View

Face Detection+Tracking Mode

FlexiZone (Multi) Mode

FlexiZone—Single AF Mode

Using the Touch Shutter

Shooting Movies

Shooting 4 and 5 (Movie) Menus

Exposure Options

Formats, Compression, Resolution, and Frame Rates

Video Snapshots

Shooting Movies with Creative Filters

Shooting HDR Movies

Playback and Editing

Chapter 7
Advanced Shooting

Continuous Shooting

More Exposure Options

A Tiny Slice of Time

Working with Short Exposures

Long Exposures

Three Ways to Take Long Exposures

Working with Long Exposures

Delayed Exposures


Time-Lapse/Interval Photography

Introducing Wi-Fi

General Wi-Fi Guidelines

Using Wi-Fi and NFC

Chapter 8
Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus

Anatomy of the 80D’s Menus

Shooting Menu Options

Image Quality

Image Review


Release Shutter without Card

Lens Aberration Correction

Flash Control

Red-Eye Reduction

Exposure Compensation/Automatic Exposure Bracketing

ISO Speed Settings

Auto Lighting Optimizer

White Balance

Custom White Balance

White Balance Shift and Bracketing

Color Space

Picture Style

Long Exposure Noise Reduction

High ISO Speed Noise Reduction

Highlight Tone Priority

Dust Delete Data

Multiple Exposure

HDR Mode

Interval Timer

Bulb Timer

Anti-Flicker Shooting

Mirror Lockup

Aspect Ratio

Live View and Movie Shooting Menus

Playback Menu Options

Protect Images

Rotate Image

Erase Images

Print Order

Photobook Set-up

Creative Filters

RAW Image Processing




Slide Show

Image Jump with Main Dial

Highlight Alert

AF Point Disp.

Playback Grid

Histogram Display

Ctrl over HDMI

Chapter 9
Customizing with the Set-up Menu and My Menu

Set-up Menu Options

Select Folder

File Numbering

Auto Rotate

Format Card

Eye-Fi Settings

Wireless Communication Settings

Auto Power Off

LCD Brightness

LCD On/Off Button



Viewfinder Display

GPS Device Settings

Video System

Feature Guide

Touch Control

Battery Info.

Sensor Cleaning

INFO. Button Display Options

INFO. Button Live View Display Options

Multi Function Lock

Custom Shooting Modes (C1/C2 Modes)

Clear All Camera Settings

Copyright Information

Certification Logo Display

Firmware Version

Custom Functions Menu

C.Fn I-1: Exposure Level Increments

C.Fn I-2: ISO Speed Setting Increments

C.Fn I-3: Bracketing Auto Cancel

C.Fn I-4: Bracketing Sequence

C.Fn I-5: Number of Bracketed Shots

C.Fn I-6: Safety Shift

C.Fn II-1: Tracking Sensitivity

C.Fn II-2: Accel/Decel Tracking

C.Fn II-3: AF Point Auto Switching

C.Fn II-4: AI Servo 1st Image Priority

C.Fn II-5: AI Servo 2nd Image Priority

C.Fn II-6: AF-Assist Beam Firing

C.Fn II-7: Lens Drive When AF Impossible

C.Fn II-8: Select AF Area Selection Mode

C.Fn II-9: AF Area Selection Method

C.Fn II-10: Orientation Linked AF Point

C.Fn II-11: Initial AF Point, AI Servo AF

C.Fn II-12: Auto AF Point Selection: Color Tracking

C.Fn II-13: Manual AF Point Selection Pattern

C.Fn II-14: AF Point Display During Focus

C.Fn II-15: VF Display Illumination

C.Fn II-16: AF Microadjustment

C.Fn III-1: Warnings in Viewfinder

C.Fn III-2: Dial Direction During Tv/Av

C.Fn III-3: Retract Lens on Power Off

C.Fn III-4: Custom Controls

Clear All Custom Func. (C.Fn)

My Menu

Chapter 10
Working with Lenses

But Don’t Forget the Crop Factor

Your First Lens

Buy Now, Expand Later

What Lenses Can You Use?

EF vs. EF-S

Ingredients of Canon’s Alphanumeric Soup

Your Second (and Third . . .) Lens

What Lenses Can Do for You

Zoom or Prime?

Categories of Lenses

Using Wide-Angle and Wide-Zoom Lenses

Avoiding Potential Wide-Angle Problems

Using Telephoto and Tele-Zoom Lenses

Avoiding Telephoto Lens Problems

Telephotos and Bokeh

Chapter 11
Working with Electronic Flash

How Electronic Flash Works

Determining Exposure

Getting Started with the Built-in Flash

Basic Zone Flash

Creative Zone Flash

Flash Range

Red-Eye Reduction and Autofocus Assist

Using FE Lock and Flash Exposure Compensation

More on Flash Control Settings

Flash Firing

E-TTL II Metering

Flash Sync Speed in AV mode

Built-in Flash Settings

Using Flash Mode

External Flash Function Settings

External Flash Custom Function Settings

Clear External Flash Custom Function Setting

Fire When Ready!

Using External Electronic Flash

Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX II-RT

Speedlite 580EX II

Speedlite 430EX III-RT

Speedlite 320EX

Speedlite 270EX II

Close-Up Lites

Chapter 12
Wireless Flash Basics

Wireless Evolution

Elements of Wireless Flash

Flash Combinations

Controlling Flash Units

Why Use Wireless Flash?

Key Wireless Concepts

Which Flashes Can Be Operated Wirelessly?

Getting Started

Easy Wireless Flash Shooting

Wireless Flash Shooting with Built-in and External Flash

Setting Up an External Master Flash or Controller

Using a Speedlite or Transmitter as the Master in Optical Mode

Using the ST-E2 Transmitter as Master

Using the Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX II-RT as Radio Master

Using the Speedlite 430EX III-RT as Radio Master

Using the ST-E3-RT as Radio Master

Setting Up a Slave Flash

More Wireless Options and Capabilities

Internal/External Flash Ratio Setting

Wireless Flash Only

Using Wireless and Built-in Flash

Working with Groups

Ratio Control

Choosing a Channel

Flash Release Function


You don’t want good pictures from your new Canon EOS 80D—you demand outstanding photos. After all, this is the top-of-the-line APS-C enthusiast camera in the Canon lineup. It boasts 24 megapixels of resolution, built-in Wi-Fi, blazing-fast automatic focus, cool features like the real-time preview system called live view, full high-definition movie shooting, a touch screen that allows you to make many settings with a tap of the LCD, and an amazing wireless flash capability. But your gateway to pixel proficiency is dragged down by the slim little book included in the box as a manual. You know everything you need to know is in there, somewhere, but you don’t know where to start. In addition, the camera manual doesn’t offer much information on photography or digital photography. Nor are you interested in spending hours or days studying a comprehensive book on digital SLR photography that doesn’t necessarily apply directly to your camera.

What you need is a guide that explains the purpose and function of the 80D’s basic controls, how you should use them, and why. Ideally, there should be information about file formats, resolution, exposure, and other special autofocus modes available, but you’d prefer to read about those topics only after you’ve had the chance to go out and take a few hundred great pictures with your new camera. Why isn’t there a book that summarizes the most important information in its first two or three chapters, with lots of illustrations showing what your results will look like when you use this setting or that?

Now there is such a book. If you want a quick introduction to the 80D’s focus controls, wireless flash synchronization options, how to choose lenses, or which exposure modes are best, this book is for you. If you can’t decide on what basic settings to use with your camera because you can’t figure out how changing ISO or white balance or focus defaults will affect your pictures, you need this guide.


Canon has given you a choice in selecting an advanced digital SLR! The Canon EOS 80D is a worthy successor to the bestselling 70D, with plenty of new, exciting features, including an upgrade to 45 cross-type autofocus sensors, and continuous autofocus during live view still shooting.

But once you’ve unpacked your camera, the question comes up, how do I use this thing? All those cool features can be mind-numbing to learn, if all you have as a guide is the manual furnished with the camera. Help is on the way. I sincerely believe that this book is your best bet for learning how to use your new camera, and for learning how to use it well.

I’ve tried to make David Busch’s Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography different from your other 80D learn-up options. The roadmap sections use larger, color pictures to show you where all the buttons and dials are, and the explanations of what they do are longer and more comprehensive. I’ve tried to avoid overly general advice, including the two-page checklists on how to take a sports picture or a portrait picture or a travel picture. Instead, you’ll find tips and techniques for using all the features of your Canon EOS 80D to take any kind of picture you want. If you want to know where you should stand to take a picture of a quarterback dropping back to unleash a pass, there are plenty of books that will tell you that. This one concentrates on teaching you how to select the best autofocus mode, shutter speed, f/stop, or flash capability to take, say, a great sports picture under any conditions.

David Busch’s Canon EOS 80D Guide to Digital SLR Photography is aimed at both Canon and dSLR veterans as well as newcomers to digital photography and digital SLRs. Both groups can be overwhelmed by the options the 80D offers, while underwhelmed by the explanations they receive in their user’s manual. The manuals are great if you already know what you don’t know, and you can find an answer somewhere in a booklet arranged by menu listings and written by a camera vendor employee who last threw together instructions on how to operate a camcorder.

Who Am I?

After spending years as the world’s most successful unknown author, I’ve become slightly less obscure in the past few years, thanks to a horde of camera guidebooks and other photographically oriented tomes. You may have seen my photography articles in Popular Photography magazine, and dozens of other publications, such as Rangefinder and Professional Photographer. But, first, and foremost, I’m a photojournalist and made my living in the field until I began devoting most of my time to writing books.

Although I love writing, I’m happiest when I’m out taking pictures, which is why I invariably spend several days each week photographing landscapes, people, close-up subjects, and other things. I spend a month or two each year traveling to events, such as Native American powwows, Civil War re-enactments, county fairs, ballet, and sports (baseball, basketball, football, and soccer are favorites). I once spent a full two weeks in Salamanca, Spain. I went there to shoot photographs of the people, landscapes, and monuments that I’ve grown to love, with about five hours a day set aside for study at a colegio located in an ancient monastery in the old part of the city, just steps from the cathedral. I can offer you my personal advice on how to take photos under a variety of conditions because I’ve had to meet those challenges myself on an ongoing basis.

Like all my digital photography books, this one was written by someone with an incurable photography bug. My first Canon SLR was a now-obscure model called the Pellix back in the 1960s, and I’ve used a variety of newer models since then. I’ve worked as a sports photographer for an Ohio newspaper and for an upstate New York college. I’ve operated my own commercial studio and photo lab, cranking out product shots on demand and then printing a few hundred glossy 8 × 10s on a tight deadline for a press kit. I’ve served as a photo-posing instructor for a modeling agency. People have actually paid me to shoot their weddings and immortalize them with portraits. I even prepared press kits and articles on photography as a PR consultant for a large Rochester, NY, company, which shall remain nameless. My trials and travails with imaging and computer technology have made their way into print in book form an alarming number of times.

Like you, I love photography for its own merits, and I view technology as just another tool to help me get the images I see in my mind’s eye. But, also like you, I had to master this technology before I could apply it to my work. This book is the result of what I’ve learned, and I hope it will help you master your 80D digital SLR, too.

In closing, I’d like to ask a special favor: let me know what you think of this book. If you have any recommendations about how I can make it better, visit my website at www.canonguides.com, click on the E-Mail Me tab, and send your comments, suggestions on topics that should be explained in more detail, or, especially, any typos. (The latter will be compiled on the Errata page you’ll also find on my website.) I really value your ideas, and appreciate it when you take the time to tell me what you think! Some of the content of the book you hold in your hands came from suggestions I received from readers like yourself. If you found this book especially useful, tell others about it. Visit http://amzn.com/1681981580 and leave a positive review. Your feedback is what spurs me to make each one of these books better than the last. Thanks!

Guide to the Guide

Here’s a quick guide to what you’ll find in this book, which is divided into four parts.

The first three chapters explain all the essentials you need to hit the ground running:

Chapter 1, Thinking Outside of the Box. This is a Meet Your 80D introduction, where you’ll find information about what came in the box with your camera and, more importantly, what didn’t come with the camera that you seriously should consider adding to your arsenal. I’ll also cover some things you might not have known about charging the 80D’s battery, choosing a memory card, setting the time and date, and a few other pre-flight tasks. This is basic stuff, and if you’re a Canon veteran, you can skim over it quickly. A lot of this first chapter is intended for newbies, and even if you personally don’t find it essential, you’ll probably agree that there was some point during your photographic development (so to speak) that you would have wished this information was spelled out for you. There’s no extra charge!

Chapter 2, Canon EOS 80D Quick Start. Here, you’ll find a Quick Start aimed at those who may not be old hands with Canon cameras having this level of sophistication. The 80D has some interesting new features, including one of the most advanced autofocus systems ever seen in a mid-level camera body (and which deserves an entire chapter of its own later in this book). But even with all the goodies to play with and learning curve still to climb, you’ll find that Chapter 2 will get you shooting quickly with a minimum of fuss.

Chapter 3, Canon EOS 80D Roadmap. This is a Streetsmart Roadmap to the Canon EOS 80D. Confused by the tiny little diagrams and multiple cross-references for each and every control that send you scurrying around looking for information you know is buried somewhere in the small and inadequate manual stuffed in the box? This chapter uses multiple large full-color pictures that show every dial, knob, and button, and explains the basics of using each in clear, easy-to-understand language. I’ll give you the basics up front, and, even if I have to send you deeper into the book for a full discussion of a complex topic, you’ll have what you need to use a control right away.

Even if you’ve learned the fundamentals and controls of the Canon EOS 80D, there is lots of room to learn more. The next four chapters will help you master the features of your camera.

Chapter 4, Nailing the Right Exposure. This chapter explores all your options for fine-tuning exposure with the Canon 80D. You’ll learn when to use—and not use—each of the camera’s metering modes, how to work with histograms, and the rationale for choosing the built-in HDR feature—or whether to capture high dynamic range images manually. I’m also going to explode the myth of the 18-percent gray card.

Chapter 5, Mastering the Mysteries of Autofocus. As autofocus features like the 80D’s new hybrid AF system are added, this useful capability often becomes more confusing, even for veteran photographers. I’m going to show you exactly how autofocus works so you can better understand the strengths and limitations of each mode. You’ll discover how to select the mode that will give you tack-sharp focus time after time, and learn how to use fine-tuning (with the included focus chart) to correct lenses with front- and back-focus problems.

Chapter 6, Live View and Movies. This is your introduction to shooting in Live View mode and capturing movies, with complete descriptions of the 80D’s shooting features, along with tips on better video.

Chapter 7, Advanced Shooting. Here you’ll find discussions of some more advanced techniques, including how to make people invisible with long exposures, and getting the most from the 80D’s continuous shooting capabilities. You’ll also learn how to use the 80D’s built-in Wi-Fi features.

The next two chapters are devoted to helping you dig deeper into the customization capabilities of your EOS 80D, so you can exploit all those cool features that your previous camera might have lacked.

Chapter 8, Customizing with the Shooting and Playback Menus. In this chapter, you’ll learn some easy stuff—like how to turn your 80D’s Beep on or off, along with some very important capabilities, like using the camera’s lens aberration correction facility to banish vignetted corners and color fringes. I explain Picture Styles, recap the most important Live View/Movie options originally discussed in Chapter 6, and show you how to apply creative filters and assemble your own photo books.

Chapter 9, Customizing with the Set-up Menu and My Menu. A broad array of set-up options are covered here. You’ll learn how to format memory cards, adjust LCD brightness and screen colors, and enter time zones and dates. You’ll even discover how to set up your own command listings with the My Menus option.

The next three chapters are devoted to helping you dig deeper into the capabilities of your Canon EOS 80D. Here’s what you can expect:

Chapter 10, Working with Lenses. Working with lenses is the goal of this chapter, where I’ll show you how to select the best lenses for the kinds of photography you want to do, with my recommendations for starter lenses as well as more advanced optics for specialized applications.

Chapter 11, Working with Electronic Flash. This chapter is devoted to the magic of light—your fundamental tool in creating any photograph. There are entire books devoted to working with electronic flash, but I hope to get you started with plenty of coverage of the EOS 80D’s capabilities. I’ll show you how to master your camera’s built-in flash—and avoid that built-in flash look—and offer an introduction to the use of external flash units.

Chapter 12, Wireless Flash Basics. This chapter goes a little more deeply into the use of flash, and covers working with the 80D’s wireless flash capabilities.


Thinking Outside of the Box

This chapter and the next provide a basic pre-flight checklist that you need to complete before you really spread your wings and take off with your Canon EOS 80D. You won’t find a lot of detail in these first two chapters. Indeed, I’m going to tell you just what you absolutely must understand, accompanied by some interesting tidbits that will help you become acclimated to your camera. I’ll go into more depth and even repeat some of what I explain here in later chapters, so you don’t have to memorize everything you see. Just relax, follow a few easy steps, and then go out and begin taking your best shots—ever.

Even if you’re a long-time Canon shooter, I hope you won’t be tempted to skip this chapter or the next one. I realize that you probably didn’t purchase this book the same day you bought your camera and that, even if you did, the urge to go out and take a few hundred—or thousand—photos with your new camera is enticing. As valuable as a book like this one is, nobody can suppress their excitement long enough to read the instructions before initiating play with a new toy.

No matter how extensive your experience level is, you don’t need to fret about wading through a manual to find out what you must know to take those first few tentative snaps. I’m going to help you hit the ground running with this chapter, which will help you set up your camera and begin shooting in minutes. Because I realize that some of you may already have experience with Canon cameras similar to the 80D, each of the major sections in this chapter will begin with a brief description of what is covered in that section, so you can easily jump ahead to the next if you are in a hurry to get started.


Throughout this book, you’ll find short highlighted tips labeled My Recommendation or My Preference, intended to help you sort through the available options for a feature, control, or menu entry. I’ll provide my recommendations, suitable for most people in most situations, or my personal preferences, which work for me, and might work for you, too. I don’t provide these recommendations for every single feature, and you should consider your own needs before adopting any of them.

First Things First

This section helps get you oriented with all the things that come in the box with your Canon EOS 80D, including what they do. I’ll also describe some optional equipment you might want to have. If you want to get started immediately, skim through this section and jump ahead to Initial Setup later in the chapter.

The Canon EOS 80D comes in an impressive box filled with stuff. Much of it is packaging, because Canon no longer includes a lot of the essentials they formerly provided with their cameras—including connecting cables, software CDs, and a comprehensive instruction manual of all the 80D’s features. What you do get is a camera body, lens (if you purchased the 80D in a kit), a battery/charger, neck strap, the warranty, and a miniature 4 × 6–inch starter guide with 246 pages of fine print devoted to the camera itself and an additional 58 pages on wireless connectivity. That’s it.

Checking the contents first is always a good idea. No matter who sells a camera, it’s common to open boxes, use a particular camera for a demonstration, and then repack the box without replacing all the pieces and parts afterward. Someone might actually have helpfully checked out your camera on your behalf—and then mispacked the box. At a minimum, the box should have the following:

Canon EOS 80D digital camera. This is hard to miss. The camera is the main reason you laid out the big bucks, and it is tucked away inside a nifty bubble-wrap envelope you should save for protection in case the 80D needs to be sent in for repair.

Rubber eyecup Eb. This slide-on soft-rubber eyecup should be attached to the viewfinder when you receive the camera. It helps you squeeze your eye tightly against the window, excluding extraneous light, and also protects your eyeglasses (if you wear them) from scratching.

Body cap. The twist-off body cap keeps dust from entering the camera when no lens is mounted. Even with automatic sensor cleaning built into the 80D, you’ll want to keep the amount of dust to a minimum. The body cap belongs in your camera bag if you contemplate the need to travel with the lens removed.

Lens (if purchased). The 80D may come in a kit with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Canon Zoom lens or the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, which more or less replaces an older STM version with the same specifications. You may purchase it with another lens, as discussed in Chapter 10. The lens will come with a lens cap on the front, and a rear lens cap aft.

Battery pack LP-E6N (with cover). The power source for your 80D is packaged separately. You’ll need to charge this 7.2V, 1865mAh (milliampere hour) battery before using it. It should be charged as soon as possible and inserted in the camera. Save the protective cover. If you transport a battery outside the camera, it’s a good idea to re-attach the cover to prevent the electrical contacts from shorting out.

Battery charger LC-E6 or LC-E6E. One of these two battery chargers will be included, depending on where you purchased your camera.

Wide strap/eyepiece cover. Canon provides you with a suitable neck strap, with an eyepiece cover that can be attached to the viewfinder window in place of the rubber eyecup. (It’s purpose is ostensibly to block light from entering the viewfinder and affecting exposure when the camera is triggered using the self-timer and/or your eye is not providing a human shield from extraneous light.) The strap is also emblazoned with the Canon logo for the 80D.

My recommendation: While I am justifiably proud of owning a fine Canon camera, I prefer a low-key, more versatile and secure strap from UPstrap (www.upstrap.com). If you carry your camera over one shoulder, as many do, I particularly recommend the UPstrap shown in Figure 1.1. That patented non-slip pad offers reassuring traction and eliminates the contortions we sometimes go through to keep the camera from slipping off. I know several photographers who refuse to use anything else. If you do purchase an UPstrap, be sure you mention to photographer-inventor Al Stegmeyer that I sent you hence. You won’t get a discount, but Al will get yet another confirmation of how much I like his neck straps.

Printed instruction manuals. These include a set of brief instruction manuals and guides for the camera’s basic features.

Warranty and registration card. Don’t lose these! You can register your Canon 80D by mail, although you don’t really need to in order to keep your warranty in force, but you may need the information in this paperwork (plus the purchase receipt/invoice from your retailer) should you require Canon service support.

Figure 1.1 Third-party neck straps, like this UPstrap model, are often preferable to the Canon-supplied strap.

Don’t bother rooting around in the box for anything beyond what I’ve listed previously. There are a few things Canon classifies as optional accessories, even though you (and I) might consider some of them essential. Here’s a list of what you don’t get in the box, but might want to think about as an impending purchase. I’ll list them roughly in the order of importance:

Secure Digital card. First-time digital camera buyers are sometimes shocked that their new tool doesn’t come with a memory card. Why should it? The manufacturer doesn’t have the slightest idea of how much storage you require, or whether you want a slow/inexpensive card or one that’s faster/more expensive, so why should they pack one in the box and charge you for it? For a 24-megapixel camera, you really need one that’s a minimum of 16GB in size.

Perhaps you want to use tiny 16GB cards—and lots of them. I’ve met many paranoid wedding photographers who like to work with a horde of smaller cards (and then watch over them very protectively), on the theory that they are reducing their chances of losing a significant chunk of the event or reception at one time (of course, that’s why you hire a second shooter as backup). Others, especially sports photographers, instead prefer a 32GB or 64GB card with room to spare. If you are shooting fast action at high frame rates, or transfer lots of photos to your computer with a speedy card reader, you might opt for the speediest possible memory card. Buy one (or two, or three) of your own and have your flash memory ready when you unpack your 80D.

My recommendation: I’ve recently standardized on 64GB and 128GB Lexar cards with up to 150MB/second transfer rates. I like having that much capacity because I always shoot RAW, and frequently RAW+JPEG with my camera.

Extra LP-E6N battery. Even though you might get as many as 960 shots from a single battery, it’s easy to exceed that figure in a few hours of shooting sports at 7 fps. Batteries can unexpectedly fail, too, or simply lose their charge from sitting around unused for a week or two. Buy an extra, keep it charged, and free your mind from worry. The older 1800mAh LP-E6 battery will also work fine.

My recommendation: Buy an extra (I own four, in total), keep it charged, and free your mind from worry.

Add-on Speedlite. One of the best uses for your 80D’s built-in electronic flash is as a remote trigger for an off-camera Speedlite such as the 600EX-RT, or the more affordable 430EX III-RT strobe, which was designed especially for cameras in this class. Your built-in flash can function as the main illumination for your photo, or softened and used to fill in shadows. If you do much flash photography at all, consider an add-on Speedlite as an important accessory.

My recommendation: At around $250, the Canon Speedlite 320EX is an affordable flash with an excellent combination of power, compact size, and features, including a built-in LED video light. It can function as a wireless flash master or slave, too. I’ll offer more information on electronic flash in Chapters 11 and 12.

Interface cable IFC-400PCU. You can use this optional USB cable to transfer photos from the camera to your computer, although I don’t recommend that mode, because direct transfer uses a lot of battery power. You can also use the cable to upload and download settings between the camera and your computer (highly recommended), and to operate your camera remotely using the software you can download from the Canon support site.

My recommendation. The cable itself is a standard USB 2.0 mini-B cable used on many different cameras, and available in a variety of lengths for as little as $4 or so. You don’t need to pay Canon’s prices for this accessory.

Stereo AV Cable AVC-DC400ST or HDMI cable. Use the AVC-DC400ST cable to view your camera’s LCD output on a larger analog television screen, monitor, or other device with a yellow RCA composite input jack. This one allows stereo sound output. Canon stopped providing it in the box with the camera, so it’s now an optional purchase, for about $25. For HDTV devices, an optional HDMI Type A to HDMI Type C cable should be used instead.

My recommendation: Skip analog altogether and purchase an HDMI cable to connect directly to your television, monitor, or other device. Canon’s six-foot HTC-100 cable can cost as much as $50 retail. You can find more generic, but perfectly serviceable third-party cables for less than $20.

AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6. This includes the AC Adapter AC-E6N and DC Coupler DR-E6, which are used together to power the 80D independently of the batteries. There are several typical situations where this capability can come in handy: when you’re cleaning the sensor manually and want to totally eliminate the possibility that a lack of juice will cause the fragile shutter and mirror to spring to life during the process; when indoors shooting tabletop photos, portraits, class pictures, and so forth for hours on end; when using your 80D for remote shooting as well as time-lapse photography; for extensive review of images on your television; or for file transfer to your computer. These all use prodigious amounts of power, which can be provided by this AC adapter. (Beware of power outages and blackouts when cleaning your sensor, however!)

My recommendation: Unless you regularly do time-lapse or interval photography for long periods of time using an external intervalometer, you can probably skip this expensive accessory.

Angle Finder C right-angle viewer. This handy accessory fastens in place of the standard rubber eyecup and provides a 90-degree view for framing and composing your image at right angles to the original viewfinder, useful for low-level (or high-level) shooting. (Or, maybe, shooting around corners!)

Magnifier MG-Eb. Provides a 1.2X magnification factor of the entire viewing area, which enlarges the center of the image, making it easier to check focus. You might have to move your eye around a little to see all the indicators outside the image frame, but this magnifier is still suitable for everyday use.

My recommendation: This is not the best accessory for those who wear glasses while shooting. I tend to flip my glasses up on my forehead, and have adjusted the diopter setting for my vision, so this magnifying eyepiece works fine for me.

Battery Grip BG-E14. This add-on vertical grip/battery pack can be outfitted with two LP-E18 batteries or six AA batteries for longer shooting life, and an extra shutter release and control dial for convenient shooting with the camera in a vertical orientation. The grip also can receive power from the optional AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6.

My recommendation: Many people love third-party grips from Meike, Neewer, Vivitar, and others, at a cost of less than $75 (basically, they all appear identical and made by the same company). I’ve used them and found them acceptable for occasional use. However, most people like to clamp their add-on grips and remove them only to change/recharge the main battery, subjecting the grip to a lot of abuse. If you intend to make a battery grip part of your permanent setup, the Canon version is much better made, more rugged, and guaranteed to work seamlessly with your camera.

Remote switch RS-60E3. You can plug this two-foot-long electronic release cable accessory into the socket hidden behind a rubber cover on the side of the camera, and then fire off shots without the need to touch the camera itself. In a pinch, you can use the 80D’s self-timer to minimize vibration when triggering the camera. But when you want to take a photo at the exact moment you desire (and not when the self-timer happens to trip), or need to eliminate all possibility of human-induced camera shake, you need this release cord.

My recommendation: These sometimes get lost in a camera bag or are accidentally removed. I bought an extra RS-60E3 cable and keep it in a small box in the trunk of my car, along with an extra memory card.

Remote Controller RC-6. The 80D has an infrared sensor that can receive signals from this optional remote control. It works best when pointed at the sensor, which resides on the front of the camera, but, unlike the plug-in remote, you can be positioned farther away than two feet.

My recommendation: Because the IR remote is easily overpowered by bright lights, and can’t be used when you are behind the 80D, I use it as my secondary remote control. However, they are also cheap and small, so I’ve bought a couple to keep handy in several camera bags.

Download manuals. Printed manuals are becoming extinct, as they are expensive to produce and camera owners don’t find them very useful as anything other than a reference listing of camera controls and menu options. However, it is nice to have somewhere to go to look up an obscure error message or determine the official nomenclature or compatibility of an accessory. Your 80D’s missing manuals include more comprehensive guides to camera and wireless functions, lens instruction manuals, and software instructions. You can go to www.canon.com/icpd, specify your country, and download PDF versions of the manuals you need.

My recommendation: Load the factory PDF manuals onto your smartphone or tablet, and use the device’s PDF reader to access the manuals when you need them. You can also copy them onto a flash drive to read them on a desktop or laptop computer. Or, store them in the cloud for easy access from any device. This book is available in a take-along ebook version, as well.

Software. Canon was probably wise to stop including software (and PDF manuals) on CD, because Internet access among photographers is effectively universal. With software, it’s almost guaranteed that the version packaged on CD with your camera would be obsolete within a few months and you’d update online anyway. Available software you can download includes:

Canon EOS Utility. Allows remote, tethered shooting, transfer of photos and video between the 80D and your computer, and transferring background music to your memory card for playback while viewing video snapshot albums, movies, or slide shows in the camera.

Digital Photo Professional. This is a utility for viewing,

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