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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 Mark III's auto bracketing feature is configured for three shots, but you can change that if you want, using this custom function. I am here on the first page of my custom functions tab, Number of bracketed shots. I can choose between the 3, 2, 5, and 7. If you're an HDR shooter, you might be interested in 5 or 7 shots, as that will give you a much wider selection of dynamic range. I really like the 2 shot option. Very often, when I'm looking at a confusing exposure situation, usually what I'm confused about is only one direction or the other.
Hmm, I am not sure if this shot should be taken as metered, or if it should be a little overexposed, or maybe a little underexposed. So with just two shots I can knock off those two different options, which I find very handy. And of course, there is the default for three, which is also, I think, a perfectly useful bracketing sequence for HDR. Note that you do also have the option of changing the Bracketing sequence; I'm not going to go into that here, because I personally don't find it that useful, but you can find out more details in your manual. Number of bracketed shots, though, is a really handy option to have.
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