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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 the last movie, you saw how your Mark III defaults in Program mode to a single autofocus point, but it's one that you can steer around to place on very specific things in your image if you need to. Your Mark III has many other focus modes, though, for controlling autofocus points. I'm going to cycle through to the next one. To change to different autofocus area modes you first press the autofocus point selection button, just like you would if you're going to steer a point around. And then you press the multi-function button; the one that's back here behind the shutter button.
And when you do that, you should move on to the next mode, which you see here. This is autofocus point expansion mode, and as you can see, it has lit up four points around the center point. Focus is still happening around that center point, but if I'm in a servo tracking mode, those other four points around that point will be used to improve the tracking reliability. Now, as with single point autofocus, I can steer this whole thing around to different parts of the frame, but it's moving both my main point, and the four surrounding points as I move around.
Moving on from there, I'm going to again press my autofocus point selection button, and then my multifunction button. I'm going to press it once. That moves me on to a second autofocus point expansion, but now you can see there are more boxes lit up; more focus points. I've got eight around each point. This is, again, going to affect servo tracking, or any time when the camera is tracking a moving object. I am going to go on to the next mode, again, I'm pressing autofocus point selection, hitting my multifunction button, and now I'm through to zone autofocus, this divides the 61 area focus points into nine different zones. As before, I can still move these things around, just as I would with any of the other modes.
This, again, is all about focus tracking, and you're going to learn more about these focus tracking modes in the next movie. Moving on, I'm going to go to the next option here, which is 61 point automatic selection. Now, this is exactly what you saw when you were shooting with Scene Intelligent Auto mode. This is going to automatically figure out what my subject is, or try to, and choose the appropriate focus points. Finally, I have got one more mode, It cycles around to what looks like our original mode. I now have one focus point in the center, but there's an important difference between this, and the mode we were in before.
Now my little focus point dot there in the center has a dot in the middle, and I'm sure you can just imagine what that means. This is single point spot autofocus, so it works just like the single point area focus mode that we saw originally, but it focuses off of a much, much smaller area, so if you're really trying to nail focus, say, on someone's eye, and maybe you're standing back far enough that it could be hitting their eye, or their eyebrow, or something, this is going to nail you into a much, much tighter focus. One more cycle through here, and I'm back to where I started; back in single point autofocus mode.
Now, this is a very complex array of options here, and I'm going to tell you that for most of your shooting, you can ignore everything that I just said. You're probably going to stick with either single point autofocus, single point spot autofocus, or the 61 point automatic selection. If you do find yourself trying to shoot a moving object, then you will use one of those other modes. For the most part, you're never going to touch them, there not going to be useful for anything, and once you get into tracking moving objects, you're possibly going to want to use one of these modes over another, depending on the direction the object is moving, and how quickly, and you'll see about that in the next movie.
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