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In this course, photographer and author Ben Long details the features, controls, and options in the Canon 5D Mark III digital SLR. The course begins with an overview of what a digital SLR is and takes a tour of the camera's basic components. Ben then discusses the camera's basic operation: changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in automatic mode, reviewing and managing photos on the camera's LCD screen, and transferring photos to a computer.
Next, the course introduces more advanced exposure options: program mode, exposure compensation, ISO adjustments, and more. After Ben briefly defines each option, he shows how to adjust it using the camera's controls.
Ben also discusses white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, live view, and video shooting. The course ends with a chapter on maintenance, including sensor- and camera-cleaning and care tips.
If I want, I can edit the built-in picture styles, or even define new ones. As you saw before, each picture style has a sharpness setting, contrast, saturation, and tone, and those are represented by these numbers right here. With a picture style selected, if I hit the Info button, I'll get Detail settings, so I am going to do that right now. And here you see I've got four different sliders; one for each of the picture style parameters. It's very important to take note of where 0 is for each of these settings. For Sharpness, 0 is over here on the left, because I can't have negative sharpness.
For Contrast, Saturation, and Tone, it's in the middle, because I can either remove Contrast, Saturation, and Tone, or add it. So let's say I wanted to modify this picture style. I might want to go in here and turn down the Sharpness, say, and maybe I am going for more of an antique look, so I am going to dial back the Saturation as well. I am going to now hit the Menu button to go up a level, and I can see that, sure enough, I now have a Sharpness setting of 2, and a Saturation of -1. If I wanted, I could come down here to these User-defined picture styles, and start completely from scratch. That would allow me to create picture styles without messing up the default ones.
It's worth noting that the CD that came with your Mark III includes software for building picture styles with a far more extravagant level of control. You can go in and perform very sophisticated color adjustments to very specific tonal ranges. So, for example, you could create a picture style that makes very particular color and hue adjustments to, say, skin tones, and then you can upload those picture styles into the camera. So if you are a serious JPEG shooter, and you want to be sure that you can get images of a particular type, looking a very particular way, that's a good way to do it.
It's fairly complex software, so you may want to look at it before you get too married to that idea. Still, the ability to tweak and adjust picture styles can really help improve your JPEG workflow.
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