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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 you change the aspect ratio on your Mark III to something like 4:3, or 16:9, you can change how that aspect ratio is masked off when working in live view by altering the LV shooting area display custom function, which is located on page two of the custom function tab. Basically, I've got two options: Masked, which completely masks the edge of the frame, or simply Outlined, which just shows me a line where the edge of the frame would be. The advantage of Outlined is I can still see things in that part of the frame, so if I'm wanting to keep track of things that are off camera, or about to move into camera, I can still see those things.
Masked makes it a little bit easier to visualize exactly what the final frame looked like.
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