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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 two ways to select a picture style in the Mark III. First, I can press this creative photo button here, which brings up a menu with a few different effects options. I've got Picture Style, Multiple exposures, or HDR. We'll be looking at these in other movies. So I can select Picture Style, hit the Set button, and that takes me to this Picture Style selection screen. I'm currently set to a Portrait picture style. I have other choices: Standard, Auto, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and three User-defined picture styles.
Each one has a separate setting for sharpness, contrast, saturation, and tone, and there are numeric values for each of these. So I can see that Portrait has a sharpness setting of 2, whereas Landscape has a sharpness setting of 4. Let's find a more complex one here. Actually, none of them have alterations to contrast, saturation, and tone. I also have this Auto setting, which applies some sharpness, and also automatically makes a color adjustment to try to improve saturation, and make colors more vivid.
So I can simply choose the one that I want, and now if I'm shooting JPEG images, those settings will be applied to any image that I shoot. Another way that I can choose a picture style is to go into the menu, and here in the third shooting menu, there is a Picture Style option. Pick that, and I get a scrolling list of the picture styles, and I can see their settings all arrayed here. One note for RAW shooters; though no image data is altered by your picture style selection, your RAW file is still tagged with your chosen picture style.
If you're using Canon's DPP software, it will automatically adjust to your RAW image according to the picture style, just the way that your camera would. So this is a way that you can shoot RAW, and still take advantage of some predefined automated processing. Again, an easy way to speed up your workflow.
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