Now Available!  The Complete Guide to Canon’s Digital Rebels (XT / 350D and XTi / 400D) DSLR Cameras by Gary Friedman!

Purchase an instantly-downloadable e-book – Only USD $24.95!


Purchase a Printed copy in Color or Black-and-White


Finally, an easy-to-understand manual that is a match for the cameras they describe!

Gary Friedman’s book on the Canon Digital Rebel cameras provides a complete instruction manual which explains each feature in plain English and provides hundreds of visual examples as well.  If you’ve been looking for the fastest and most enjoyable path to proficiency with your camera, you’ve found it!

In this 463-page full-color e-book you’ll learn: 

  • What every mode, knob, and button do – in plain, easy-to-understand text.
  • The secrets of taking outstanding photos that make people say, “Wow!”.
  • All about the 7 flash modes – including an entire chapter on Wireless Flash!
  • The most common digital “jargon” and what it all means to you.
  • An introduction to the image editing software that came with your camera, and how to use it to make your pictures really stand out!

Get the most out of your investment – Learn about the wonders of digital imaging and improve your photography at the same time!


This e-Book is available in TWO different formats:

1)  As an instantly-downloadable .pdf file – 463 full-color pages of information, knowledge, and wisdom for ONLY USD $24.95!!!  (Click here to order one.)

2) For those of you who prefer to hold the things you read, this book is also available as a printed and bound book that will be mailed right to your door.  It’s available in both Color and Black-and-White.  Because this is a print-on-demand book, the color version is a little (okay, a LOT) more expensive than your typical book, but as some readers have reported, the book is quite large and the price is significantly lower than printing the .pdf file on your inkjet printer! 

What others are saying about this and other e-books by Gary Friedman:

“I have read three other books on Canon Rebels and this book thumps them all.  Read this book while sipping your wine/beer/Kool Aid, this book reads like a novel, written in such a way that anybody with no knowledge of DSLRs can become master.”  – ainutts from (read entire thread)

“I couldn’t resist contacting you to express how THOROUGHLY delightful / informative I’m finding your book.  Outstanding! doesn’t begin to cover it, especially given the gentle humor scattered throughout to take the edge off of the technicalities.  I adore it when an author pays attention to, and accommodates, the psychology of the reader.”  – Pam Gaines

I must admit that this is the best 25 dollars I spent on a book.  Even for a starter as I, the book is very clear.  I’m at page 120, and I still understand what you talk about… It’s a real pleasure to read, the images are clear and the examples are up to the point (I love also the small tips you give left and right).  Many thanks!  – William (from Belgium!)

Thanks for a great book! It is the most complete reference I have found on this camera. It puts the Magic Lantern guide to shame both in its coverage of the camera and of photographic methods.”  – James Handcock

“You have a great talent for writing and describing things most people would not understand without you!  I can happily say that you have made me a better and more knowledgeable photographer.”  – Jeff Childers

“I found your book to be indispensable.  I love your books; your tutorials are a godsend, and your work…omg…total inspiration.”  – Charles Neinnger

“I am blown away.  The pages I looked at contain incredible how to information, wonderful tips, and a wealth of information about digital imaging generally.  Thank you so much.  I can’t wait to have more time with both your book and my camera.” – Avi Freund

“I dare say that you are a genius and heaven sent.  I love the ebook.  I finally found a resource material that helps me understand what I need to know about the basics of photography and how to best enjoy the camera.  I believe in your book and would recommend it to any [other brand name] owner out there; even to the more experienced photographer.  Very concise yet easy to understand.  All my other resource materials are now gathering dust in my library at home. I don’t need them anymore.”  – Roberto Ramon Concepcion

“I would endorse everything that has been said about this book. It is brilliant, so much so that I am thinking about purchasing the printed version in addition to the downloaded pdf one I bought today.  There is so much “tuition” in the book that I would recommend anyone repeat anyone who has just entered the world of digital S.L.R.’s to buy a copy and that extends to people like myself who have been film photographers for years.  A whole new world well explained.”  – Mezzo from (read entire thread)

“This was not the first book I purchased to help me with this camera, but no other book I have seen comes close to the depth of information Gary presents. And they certainly don’t do it in the easy going and relaxed manner Gary uses. I highly recommend this book to anyone using the Canon XT/XTi series of cameras who wants to take better photographs.”  – Chris Phillips (read entire review on Chris’ blog)

“Your method of delivery, the approach, writing style, and layouts are excellent! From a non-expert like myself it was just what the doctor ordered. “ – Terry Engel

“Thank you so much for making this e-book!  So clearly done in such a way that, yes, I got some of those “Aha!” moments!  I certainly will pass this on wherever I can.  You have just taken a big chunk of anxiety out of my learning curve!”  – Veronica

“It is the best guide out there for [another camera] hands down…..[another company] should PAY him and bundle this book with their cameras….well worth EVERY penny.”  – Eskasi on  Read the entire discussion forum thread.

“All this ‘ol gent can say is: WOW!  You make everything so utterly simple, and the form of your writing keeps one totally interested!”  – Ed Schwing

“I don’t know how you do it, but your style of writing is so enjoyable, friendly, and incredibly informative all at the same time.  I read the entire book from cover to cover in one sitting with the camera by my side the whole time, and as I went through it, I started to realize that I finally understood what all of the formerly cryptic numbers and symbols on the LCD meant and it’s such a great feeling!  […]  I can’t thank you enough for getting me out of “Auto” mode!  – Stacey Jarasa

“Over the years I’ve read a ton of photo books and I have to say yours is the most approachable and filled with the most usable tips and examples.”  – Mark Lynch

“Dear Gary: I am really enjoying your book, it is the best manual on anything I have ever read.  You should do the computer manuals, you are a born teacher and clearly you really know your subject.”   – Ivan Tentchoff

“I can’t say enough about your guide.  It has rejuvenated my photography like nothing else.  I just had to thank you again, not just for the guide but also for access to some wonderful topics on your site.”  – Karl Jones

“I would like to congratulate you on such a thorough and thoughtful compendium.  Your ‘patient’ explanations and excellent examples have made my experience with the [other brand name] so much more enjoyable.  This book, along with your “25 Ways” and “Advanced Topics” is the best investment in DSLR photography material that I have made.  Thank you so much for the help and enlightenment!” – Des Wann 

“Thanks for your prompt answer.  You are such a trustworthy person and it’s a pleasure to buy and read your publications.  What I like most about you is the way you describe complex functions with such a simple and comprehensible language.  This is a divine gift which makes you so distinctive among other writers who have serious problems of communication!  Thank you for being such a wonderful friend.”  – Fariborz

“No doubt about it, your guides are the best in the market.”  – Rene Briceno

“Gary – I haven’t gotten through the whole thing yet, but I love it!  I’ve already made some settings tweaks, and have some new insights to work with.  Can’t wait to study the White Balance and remote flash stuff.  I have to admit, when I first started reading, I thought “Great; this is for newbies and technophobes”, but as I went on I see that you have skillfully addressed both newbies and experienced photographers.  Thanks – the book is an incredible value!   -David Aguilar

“I have read the manual several times, but didn’t understand many of the features. I want you to know that I understand MORE just by reading the first 100 pages of your book than by reading the manual over and over.  Thanks for writing a GREAT guide for this camera!” – Janet DeCristofaro

“I have your super e-book and I am highly impressed with the way you explain things.  You, my friend, are awesome with words!”  Allan Mann

“I also agree about Gary’s writing style.  I like the way he can explain the technical parts without oversimplifying them.  I’m a beginner, not a dummy.  I also like his explanations of what makes good composition.  I bought one photography book at Barnes and Noble and have checked out several more at the library, but none of them really fit me like Gary’s.”  – Michael Pardee from Yahoo! Groups

“I was a little apprehensive about purchasing this ebook because I didn’t want another “how to” book about photography. But after browsing through the examples of pages on Gary’s website, I took the plunge anyway because I wanted a more comprehensive views on the functions of my [camera]. All I have to say is…WHOA… This book is GREAT!  It not only gave me a refresher in some photography techniques, it also captured the true usage of most functions. Sure, I could of read the owner’s manual, but Gary put the technical jargon of the tech manual into language that hit it home for me. I especially like the HINTS: that the author gives throughout the book; such as the program shifts tricks. I’d recommend this book to anyone who wants to know more about what their [camera] can do.” – Steve from

“You won’t be sorry you bought Gary Friedman’s book. It’s full of useful tips and lots of info that doesn’t appear in the KM manual….and his style of writing is brilliant.  Wait until you read Chapter 7 about wireless flash. :)”  – SteveCz from

“There are many favourable comments in this forum for Gary Friedman’s work; and this is another enthusiastic recommendation.”  – Bob Eklind

“You’ve done a darned fine job of explaining the functions of the camera with a pragmatic, user-centric approach, answering the questions we have as new users and budding hobbyists.  You have saved me hours upon HOURS of frustration trying to figure out practical applications for the various functions of the camera!  Your book makes it easy to traverse the learning curve, not only for the KM cameras, but for digital photography in general.  I shudder at the thought of the time I could have saved if I’d simply had your book a few months ago!!” – Brian Soregaroli

“The key thing I want to comment on is simply the style of your writing.  It is so easy to read, very down to earth and conversational- it’s like I am asking you questions and you are telling me the answers.  Doesn’t have that “textbook” flavor so many beginner’s books have.  I especially like the personal touch so many of your topics include- you explain why you are making a particular recommendation based upon your own past experience.”   – David and Diane Drake  (Read more)

“I loved the way you explained that the curve tool is a transfer function. You did not use those words but your example of the Centigrade to Fahrenheit conversion was a great way to get the idea across; I have been using the curve tool in PS for a couple of years and never understood it as clearly as I do now, thanks to your book.  Thanks, teacher!” –  David DeBar

“Just wanted to drop you a few lines and tell you I purchased your e-book this past weekend. I’ve been enjoying reading through it, and want you to know how much I appreciate having such a valuable recourse  […]  Thank you very much for all the hard work and time that has gone into this Masterpiece!”   – Kelly Dazet

“Mr. Friedman, I do believe you’re one of the nicest people for anyone to deal with.”  – Dr. Baha Öcal

“My photography has grown by leaps and bounds thanks to your resources!” – Jaime Villamil

“The book actually managed to make exploring all the camera options and knobs a fun and rewarding experience – and that’s quite an achievement in itself.  Additionally, the visual illustrations of the techniques and the teaching method make it all more engaging and easy to follow.  Definitely worth the money!”  – Silverio F

“As a former teacher I know how hard it is to write something like “The Friendly Manual”.  To do a piece of work like that you have to have the gift.  Many thanks!”  – Sten-Åke Sändh

“Big thumbs up for Friedman’s book. It covers the basics in a thorough but not boring way and has lots of specific [camera] info. Despite being relatively knowledgeable and reading the manual cover to cover, I learned quite a few things from his book.”  – jpr from

“I have just downloaded your e-book and Wow!  I am really impressed with your lovely book, thank you for writing with enthusiasm and clarity.”  – Tony Fernandez

“Just read Gary Friedman’s book [on another camera] and want to add my voice to the chorus of voices singing it’s praise.”  -entzbrian from Minolta Yahoo! Groups

“Gary Friedman’s Konica Minolta A1, A2 Step-by-Step Guide [his first book – Ed.] is brilliant and I can’t recommend it more highly.  Well done Gary, keep ’em coming.”   – Peter Russell (click here for entire review) (opens new window)

Also read an interview article with me by Peter Russell (opens new window)

“Thanks so much for all the tips – your books ARE amazing!”  -Paul Johnston-Knight

“I am delighted with the book which is written in a friendly style and the subjects are clearly explained, the explanation of camera functions together with the sample photographs are exactly what I was looking for. […]  My photography has changed for the better since I applied the principles set out in your book and my photographs do look different”   – Alfred Hopwood

“I read and referenced the manual over and over and I *thought* I had a good understanding of all of the [camera’s] functions. Well, you changed that.  I downloaded the book last night (well worth the money, I might add), got to about page 220 when I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. Finished it today at lunch. Not exactly a murder/mystery/suspense/thriller, but I just couldn’t put it down! […]  I’m confident I’ll be using the book as a reference in the weeks and months ahead.”  – Chris Musacchio (read the whole email)

“Love your book, Gary, as well as all the additions you’ve written. So easy to understand, accurate and FUN! A complete opposite to those user manuals!  I am so impressed how I’m absorbing the information so easily. I find I even have a “photographic memory” (no pun intended!) for many of the pages.  [… Y]ou have an incredible gift for writing/teaching in a way that the student will truly absorb the material.  I also loved the tips in the “Cookbook” that you e-mailed to us.”  – Mary Flannery

“[A]bove all I was impressed by the way you make the use of the [another camera] (and photography in general)  a “piece of cake”. Your straightforward and humorous style of writing is addictive and I devoured your book in one night.  I just wanted to give you this feedback and I send you my best greetings from Antwerp-Belgium.”  – Jacques Werbrouck

“Your pictures are an inspiration for me to be as good as you!” – Michael Rutkowski