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Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III

Exploring basic camera anatomy


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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

Video: Exploring basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, let's quickly go over the basic anatomy of the Mark III, just to get some names and terms out of the way. Don't worry about memorizing all of these things right now. We're going to be coming back to each of these controls in detail throughout the rest of this course. So, taking it from the top, here is the top of the camera. You should be pretty familiar with the shutter button. It's just like what you find on any typical camera. I've got a customizable button right behind it, and then my main dial right here, which I am going to use for changing lots of different parameters on the camera, as well as menu navigation.

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Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III
5h 23m Beginner Nov 08, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is a DSLR?
  • Attaching lenses
  • Powering up and down
  • Formatting the media card
  • Holding the camera
  • Shooting in the Auto and Program modes
  • Changing the ISO
  • Controlling autofocus and white balance
  • Using a self-timer
  • Working with the exposure control options
  • Activating Live View
  • Shooting video
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear
Software:
5D Mark III
Author:
Ben Long

Exploring basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, let's quickly go over the basic anatomy of the Mark III, just to get some names and terms out of the way. Don't worry about memorizing all of these things right now. We're going to be coming back to each of these controls in detail throughout the rest of this course. So, taking it from the top, here is the top of the camera. You should be pretty familiar with the shutter button. It's just like what you find on any typical camera. I've got a customizable button right behind it, and then my main dial right here, which I am going to use for changing lots of different parameters on the camera, as well as menu navigation.

There is a button right here that lights up this thing if I'm in the dark, which is the status display, which gives me a lot of critical information while I am shooting. These three buttons right here we're going to be using a lot. They're how you change any number of very critical exposure parameters while you're working. Over here, I have the Mode dial for changing the shooting mode that I'm in. My Power switch is right here. The hot shoe for an external flash is located on top of the camera. I have a diopter control right here above the viewfinder; that allows me to adjust the focus of the viewfinder, in case I need glasses, and want to try shooting without them.

On the ends of the camera, I have mounts for a strap. Your camera should have shipped with a Canon strap. It's a perfectly good strap. There are other strap options that you might want to look into. Moving around to the back of the camera, over here on the left, we've got these five buttons. Notice that some of them are labeled in blue, and this last one is white. All of the blue things are playback related. They are things that you will do when you're reviewing your images. This last one has to do with processing your images with certain kind of canned effects, just like you might do in your computer later.

I've got some controls here for getting into the menu system. Those are related directly to most of the controls over here, which all have to do with navigating menus, and making selections, and generally driving both playback and shooting functions on the camera. This little switch button combination thing here has to do with shooting in Live View, and shooting video. I have a Lock button down here, which locks up a lot of these controls, so that I cannot accidentally press them. There's more kind of critical shooting controls right here that you'll use when you're actually taking pictures.

Over here on the right, I have a door that pops open to reveal the media slots inside the camera. You may have noticed that when I opened that door, this little light here flashed. This is the activity indicator that shows when the camera is reading or writing data from the card. You'll want to keep an eye on that any time you take a card out of the camera. You want to make sure that data is not being read or written to or from the card when you're removing a card. Down at the bottom, right here -- it's a little difficult to see right now -- you'll see three little dots. That's actually a speaker grill.

That's the speaker that the camera plays sound out of when you're playing back movies. There is also a very small little window here, which is a light sensor that the camera uses for automatically setting the brightness of the LCD screen. And that bring us to our last item here on the back of the camera: the nice big 3 inch LCD screen, which you will use for setting camera functions, and of course, reviewing your images. Moving on to the left side of the camera, there are two little doors here, a left, and a right one, and they're labeled different things.

These are ports for attaching different kinds of things to your camera. I have a microphone port, I have an external flash port, I have a remote control port, and behind the other door, I've got a headphone jack, and controls for connecting a USB cable for attaching the camera to my computer, and a port for attaching an HDMI cable for getting video out to any kind of video device that has an HDMI connector. You can also use this port, in addition, to attach into your computer to get video out to an analog video device of one kind or another.

Heading around to the front of the camera, a couple of things here. I've got the lens release button. This is what I press to get the lens on and off. And speaking of the lens, I haven't have a lens right here. Your lens maybe a little bit different, depending on what you have on the camera. This is the Canon 24-105 L, which is the standard kit lens for the 5D Mark III. So this is probably what you have, unless you bought the body only, and attached a different lens. We're not going to go too deep into lenses in this course, but really quickly, the controls on this lens are an Auto/Manual focus switch for changing the lens from Auto focus to Manual focus, and a stabilizer switch for turning on the lens' built-in image stabilization.

This red dot on the lens isn't a button, or a switch, or anything; it's just a guide for how to position the lens when you're putting it on and taking it off. These five little holes are the camera's built-in microphone. It's used when you're recording video. You want to be very careful about not touching it, or handling it when you're shooting video if you are relying on the internal microphone. We'll have more to say about audio when we get to shooting video later in this course. Moving on around here, I have the depth of field preview button.

This odd little black patch here on the handgrip is a remote control sensor for Canon's wireless remote control. And this thing right here is actually a red light that will flash when you're using the camera's self-timer to give you an indication of when the camera is actually going to take its picture. So again, the rest of this course is going to be devoted to all of these controls that you've seen. We're going to be looking at them in detail, talking about how you use them, and why you might use them in particular shooting instances.

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