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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 basic camera components. Ben then discusses the basic camera operation: changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in automatic mode, reviewing and managing photos on the 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 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.
By default, your ISO control let's you change ISO in the third stop increments. In other words, if I press the ISO button, and turn my main dial, I go from 100, to 125, then to 160, and then to 200; 200, of course, being a doubling of my original ISO, or one stop. If you don't like going in third stop increments, either because you're used to thinking in terms of whole stop increments, or you feel like it takes too long to get to the ISO that you want, you can change this, so that it goes in whole stop increments.
Go into the Menu, go to the first page of the custom function screen, and you'll find ISO speed setting increments, which defaults to one third of a stop. Go in there, bump it up to 1/1, or that is a full stop, and now when I come out here and hit my ISO button, I go from to 100, to 200, to 400, and so on. If you're working in Manual mode, you might have an easier time thinking in terms of full stops, particularly if you're not using third stop increments in your shutter speed, and aperture. If you are coming from an older digital camera, or for film, this is simply more what you're used to.
You may find that when you're working on your own, just don't need that level of granularity, so this can be an easier way to work. Note that when I have this set to whole stops, Auto ISO will still work in third stop increments. So here I've metered, and I'm using exposure compensation, and you can see that it's going up and down in third stop increments. So I'm not losing that capability; I'm just changing basically the granularity of this one control.
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