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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.
There are still more live view related options here on page 4 of the shooting category. First off, I can actually completely disable live view. If I just go into the Live View shoot option here, and say Disabl, now pressing the live view button won't do anything. If you never use live view, or if you find that in your bag, or when you're carrying the camera around, you keep accidentally bumping this, and live view pops on, you may want to disable it, because having it turn on accidentally can drain your battery, and heat up your camera.
I can activate a Grid display, so I'm going to just turn on one of these. I'll turn on the 6x4 grid, and now when I go into live view, I see this grid superimposed. This makes it easier for me to make sure the camera's level, or that vertical things are aligned properly. Back in here, and turn that off. I've got also a 3x3 grid, or 3x3 grid with diagonal lines through it. We have already seen aspect ratio. Exposure simulation, we looked at earlier. This tries to simulate, on your live view screen, a number of different in camera processes.
In addition to exposure, you'll see any picture styles that you've applied, your white balance, any white balance correction, depth of field, if you press the depth of field preview button, auto lighting optimizer, peripheral illumination correction, highlight tone priority, and aspect ratio. Now, there might be a slight difference in your final shot and the simulation, but in my experience, it does a pretty good job of getting it right on. I can choose to have it enabled, so that it's always showing, or to only show it when I press the depth of field preview button around here on the front of the camera.
I might want to do this if I find that there is a lot of processing, and it's slowing things down, or if I simply want a really clean view of my image, and only the preview image when I press the button. If I have got a really extreme picture style, that might be a time to switch it over to a push-button preview, or I can disable it all together. Silent live view shooting is on by default, and it tries to make live view quieter. Now honestly, if I disable it, I've never been able to tell the difference.
Here we are in the default behavior, and that's pretty quiet, because the camera doesn't have to have that mirror flapping around, which makes a lot of noise. If I disable it, I really don't hear a big difference. If I am shooting somewhere where I really need to be quiet, I can put it here into Mode 2, which works little bit differently. First of all, in Mode 2, I can't do any burst shooting, and the reason is that the way Mode 2 works is I'm going to press the button, and hold it down. So I only, so far, I have heard the first half of the live view process; the shutter opening.
Now, when I release the button, the shutter closes, and resets. So it's not the whole open and close thing all at once. I'm kind of -- I'm not necessarily making any of the sounds any quieter; I'm just spreading them out. I'm going to switch that back to Mode 1. Finally, Metering timer; this defaults to 16 seconds. This is just how long the meter holds after I've metered. So right now, when I meter, 100th of a second at f/11; it's going to keep that up there for 16 seconds before it times out. I can change that if I want.
If I'm using exposure locks, I might want to shorten it to speed my shooting. So these are just a few ways of customizing live view. There are few others that you'll find when we get to the custom functions chapter later in this course.
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