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Examining level and grid display

From: Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III

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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.

Examining level and grid display

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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Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III

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  1. 10m 29s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 28s
    3. A note for 5D Mark II users
      50s
    4. Using this course
      1m 55s
  2. 35m 44s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      5m 28s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      4m 3s
    3. Examining batteries and media cards
      8m 35s
    4. Powering up
      1m 49s
    5. Exploring the menu system
      2m 53s
    6. Clearing all settings
      2m 5s
    7. Setting the date and time
      1m 55s
    8. Setting the language
      1m 42s
    9. Formatting the media card
      3m 4s
    10. Holding the camera
      4m 10s
  3. 25m 6s
    1. Setting Scene Intelligent Auto mode
      1m 28s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      5m 51s
    3. Touring the LCD screen and the status display
      2m 22s
    4. Exploring the top-mounted control buttons
      1m 42s
    5. Autofocus basics
      5m 7s
    6. Metering basics
      1m 42s
    7. Reviewing images
      2m 59s
    8. Working with image playback
      3m 55s
  4. 39m 32s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      41s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      5m 2s
    3. Using the lock switch
      1m 21s
    4. Revisiting metering
      1m 43s
    5. Changing the ISO
      2m 14s
    6. Looking at ISO speed settings
      4m 36s
    7. Exploring long exposure noise reduction
      2m 53s
    8. Exploring high ISO noise reduction
      1m 40s
    9. Using program shift
      2m 11s
    10. Exploring image format and size
      3m 59s
    11. Using the Info button
      2m 4s
    12. Examining level and grid display
      3m 45s
    13. Using the Quick Control screen
      1m 35s
    14. Setting the color space
      1m 25s
    15. Configuring multiple media cards
      3m 24s
    16. Using the feature guide
      59s
  5. 23m 15s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 25s
    2. Selecting autofocus areas
      3m 54s
    3. Exploring other autofocus options
      3m 44s
    4. Customizing servo auto focus
      4m 49s
    5. Exploring autofocus custom functions
      4m 50s
    6. Using manual focus
      3m 33s
  6. 10m 31s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 48s
    2. Exploring white balance presets
      3m 7s
    3. Using manual white balance
      5m 36s
  7. 10m 47s
    1. Exploring Drive mode
      4m 52s
    2. Using the self-timer
      3m 38s
    3. Using remote controls
      2m 17s
  8. 52m 26s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 26s
    2. Using exposure lock
      1m 22s
    3. Working with focus points and metering
      3m 47s
    4. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 0s
    5. Using the depth of field preview button
      2m 40s
    6. Using Shutter Priority mode
      3m 26s
    7. Using Manual mode
      3m 27s
    8. Using auto exposure bracketing
      6m 3s
    9. Exploring Bulb mode
      2m 34s
    10. Working with the Auto Lighting Optimizer
      1m 40s
    11. Correcting lens aberration
      2m 46s
    12. Exploring Highlight Tone Priority
      2m 25s
    13. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      7m 5s
    14. Creating multiple exposures
      6m 25s
    15. Using the mirror lockup feature
      2m 20s
  9. 27m 38s
    1. Modifying LCD brightness
      3m 27s
    2. Rotating images
      2m 36s
    3. Using the playback grid
      42s
    4. Enabling AF point display
      1m 18s
    5. Rating images
      3m 4s
    6. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 40s
    7. Using Quick Control during playback
      1m 17s
    8. Exploring file numbering options
      2m 43s
    9. Creating folders
      1m 10s
    10. Changing file names
      3m 12s
    11. Adding copyright information
      3m 29s
  10. 7m 57s
    1. Defining picture styles
      2m 0s
    2. Exploring predefined picture styles
      2m 1s
    3. Adjusting predefined picture styles
      1m 56s
    4. Working with the monochromatic picture style
      2m 0s
  11. 22m 28s
    1. Activating Live View
      7m 16s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 32s
    3. Focus manually in Live View
      1m 25s
    4. Working with aspect ratio
      2m 33s
    5. Exploring other Live View options
      3m 36s
    6. Reviewing the drawbacks to using Live View
      2m 6s
  12. 12m 16s
    1. Shooting video in Auto and Program modes
      6m 39s
    2. Shooting video in Priority or Manual modes
      3m 35s
    3. Exploring movie playback
      2m 2s
  13. 13m 0s
    1. Exploring custom modes
      5m 38s
    2. Using the custom menu
      2m 56s
    3. Exploring custom controls
      4m 26s
  14. 8m 57s
    1. What are custom functions?
      35s
    2. Working with exposure level increments
      1m 34s
    3. Bracketing auto cancel
      53s
    4. Changing the number of bracketed shots
      1m 5s
    5. Changing ISO speed setting increments
      1m 34s
    6. Exploring the Live View shooting area display
      40s
    7. Enabling safety shift
      2m 6s
    8. Clearing all custom functions
      30s
  15. 8m 16s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      3m 12s
    2. Using the Battery Info command
      1m 45s
    3. Looking at operating conditions and temperatures
      2m 3s
    4. Getting firmware updates
      1m 16s
  16. 15m 10s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      5m 31s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      5m 11s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      4m 28s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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