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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.
In Program mode, the only decisions that the camera makes are shutter speed and aperture. Everything else -- autofocus mode, drive mode, flash, white balance, ISO, and more -- can be changed by you. What's more, through program shift, and exposure compensation, you can alter the camera's initial shutter speed and aperture choices, and that means that you have a good amount of manual override, without ever changing out of Program mode. Program mode is probably were you'll spend the bulk of your time shooting.
To change to Program mode, I just press the unlock button on the mode dial; rotate to the big P. We're going to be spending the rest of this chapter in Program mode, learning all of its ins and outs.
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