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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.
The lynda.com crew works really hard on getting the details right in these movies, so I don't want you to blame them for the fact that the camera is a little bit crooked right now. I put it that way on purpose, because the 5D Mark III has this really cool level feature, which I am now going to use to straighten the camera out. You saw the Info button in the last movie. If I press it once, I get this screen, which gives me some camera status info. If I press it again, I get my level. Now, this is actually a two axis level. It's showing me whether I am level this way; it's also showing me if my tilt is correct.
So let's just address both of these. This line, this horizontal line, if the camera is level, will be green. So the fact that it's red shows me that things are off. In this particular instance, you can see the camera is unlevel, because you've got the reference lines of the frame here. But out in the wild, it can be a little harder to tell, so it's really nice that it's color-coded. Then there is this short little horizontal white line, which is showing tilt. As I start moving the camera around, you are going to see how these work. So, as I tilt back and forth, that kind of little virtual horizon line goes all wonky, and as I tilt side to side, you can see my level line.
So you can actually, like, play a little flight simulator game with the level in your camera, which is good for times when you're waiting for a subject to get ready. So, what I'm going to do is -- there we go. I've now leveled it all out. Uh oh; and then my display timed out, so I'm going to have to start over. So, the lesson there is, don't talk a lot while you're trying to get your level set. Oh, I'm really lousy at this. Now you're all going to be looking closely at my pictures to see if they're level.
Okay, that's pretty good. Now I'm right between. The level moves in 1 degree increments, which means it has a margin of error of 1 degree. So it's maybe not as perfectly accurate as a dedicated level, but for ballparking it, it's certainly better than using nothing. If I press the Info button again, I get onto the status display, and it again takes me back to here. Now, you may find that you never actually use this display, and that you want a quick way to get to the level. All you have to do is go to the Menu, and go to this third page of the setup category, and you have Info button display options.
So I'm just going to turn off Display camera settings, and then I'm going to come down here, and hit OK. So now, when I hit the Info button, bang! I get my level right away. Press it again; I can get onto my quick control screen. If that's still not fast enough for you, or if you'd rather have the Info button be dedicated to the quick control screen, there are ways of programming some of the other buttons on the camera to show the level right away, and you'll learn how to do that in the customization chapter later in this course. The Mark III can also display a grid in your viewfinder, which can help you keep things aligned properly, both horizontally, and vertically.
I'm going to go over here to the shooting menu, and you'll see that here on the fourth page of the shooting category is something called Grid display. I'm going to select that. It defaults to Off, of course. I have a choice of three different grids; a 3×3 grid, a finer 6×4 grid, or a 3×3 grid with diagonal lines though it. So I'm going to just pick, say, the 3×3 grid, which makes any image I shoot look like an episode of Hollywood Squares. So now I'm going to actually see gridlines there in my viewfinder.
This, as you'll see later, is also visible when working in live view, or when shooting video. When I'm done using the grid, or if I decide it's not as helpful as I was hoping it might be, I just come back to my Grid display command, switch it off, and I'm back to a clear viewfinder.
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