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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.
Video is appear in my playback system alongside stills, but where stills fill my entire LCD, and have my exposure settings up here, videos are a 16x9 aspect ratio, they've got a duration up in the corner, and they have this little movie camera icon. Right next to it is an icon for the Set button, indicating that if I hit the Set button, I get here to my movie playback controls. I can step through them, the different controls, using the quick control dial. If I just put it on the play button, and hit the Set button my video will play. I can then bring the controls back up again, which pauses.
I can step through in slow motion. I can jump to the first frame, which is basically rewind. I can step through one frame at a time, or jump to the last frame. I even have editing capabilities. I can trim clips. Needless to say, editing video on a little three inch LCD screen with dubious controls is not the best idea. You're probably going to want to stick to your computer for serious editing. But if you need to trim the ends off a clip or something, because you're running out of disk space, or because you need to send a video over the Internet, or something like that, this might work just fine in a pinch.
Notice, too, that I can control volume using my main dial up here. When I'm done viewing my movie, a push of the Menu button takes me back out to my normal playback interface, where I can continue to step through different pieces of media. Deleting works the same way for movies as it does for still images. I can use my delete button here; I can also use the delete menu command for a batch deleting movies. If you're going to be very serious about reviewing your movies, you're probably going to want to plug some headphones into the camera to get a better sense of your audio. You can do that in a headphone jack over there.
There are one or two other movie related features that you may want to know about. You can find out about those in chapter 8 of your manual. You'll even find a section in there on enjoying movies, so if you find that you're not enjoying your movies, you might want to check that out.
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