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Exploring the viewfinder display


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Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III

with Ben Long

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As we've discussed, one of the great advantages of an SLR is that you actually look through the same lens that exposes the sensor. This gives you a very accurate viewfinder, and that allows you to have a very bright, clear viewfinder. Now, the viewfinder eyepiece is surrounded by a cover, and it happens to be removable, which allows you easier access for cleaning, and lets you swap in other covers and accessories. To remove it, you just pinch the sides and lift straight up, and it just slides off there, and you can see it's slotted around here, so now you could put on a different type of eyepiece cover.
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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

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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 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.

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 the viewfinder display

As we've discussed, one of the great advantages of an SLR is that you actually look through the same lens that exposes the sensor. This gives you a very accurate viewfinder, and that allows you to have a very bright, clear viewfinder. Now, the viewfinder eyepiece is surrounded by a cover, and it happens to be removable, which allows you easier access for cleaning, and lets you swap in other covers and accessories. To remove it, you just pinch the sides and lift straight up, and it just slides off there, and you can see it's slotted around here, so now you could put on a different type of eyepiece cover.

You might put on, like, a right angle viewfinder, so if you do a lot of macro work, that can be handy. The back of your manual will show a lot of different accessories that can go here. But as I said, it also makes it easier to clean this out if it gets dirty. To put it back on, I just slot this in, it only goes the right way, and push down until it clicks. If it's seated properly, then it won't lift up without being squeezed on the sides. On the top of the viewfinder is a diopter control; that's this little wheel here. If you wear glasses, you might be able to adjust the diopter to compensate for your prescription, which would let you shoot without your glasses on.

Now, I say might, because if your eyes are bad enough, then you won't be able to adjust it far enough to correct the viewfinder back to full sharpness. Note that it is possible to bump the diopter control; it just rotates one direction or another, and you just dial it in until you can see okay. If you bump it, though, it's going to make your viewfinder blurry. So if you ever think, boy, my camera really doesn't seem to be focusing very well, check the diopter, and make sure that it's set to no correction. You can tell when it's properly set, because there's this little flat mark on it, which lines up with this white line right here.

When you look through the viewfinder, you'll see focusing indicators superimposed over your image. These indicators light up when you autofocus to indicate where the autofocus mechanism has chosen to focus. The circle in the middle of the viewfinder shows you the size of the spot meter. Below the Viewfinder are lots of status readouts. These let you know certain things about the cameras state, such as battery strength, but more importantly, they let you keep track of your current exposures settings. Now, I'm going to walk you through these, but don't worry about remembering all of them yet, because we'll be revisiting them as we look at each relevant feature.

So from left to right, you'll find the battery meter, the AE lock light, which lets you know when you've locked exposure using the exposure lock button. The flash ready light, which indicates when the flash is charged, and ready to fire. The high-speed flash sync light, which shows when you're set for high-speed syncing with your flash. The FE lock button, which shows that you've locked flash exposure. Flash exposure compensation will light up any time you've dialed in any amount of flash exposure compensation.

Obviously, these last few settings are only relevant if you have attached a flash to the camera; there's no flash built-in to the Mark III. Next comes the shutter speed readout. Now, normally this will only show a single number, which represents the denominator of the shutter speed. So if you're shooting at 1/125 of a second, you'll see 125 here. A 4 will indicate one fourth of a second. Once you drop below a quarter of a second, the display will change to a seconds and fractions of a second display. So if you see this, then you're shooting at one and a third seconds.

If you see this, you're shooting a 15 second exposure. To the right of the shutter speed readout is the aperture display; this is simply the current f number. The exposure level indicator serves a few functions. In most modes, it's going to show you the amount of exposure compensation that you've dialed in. Each of the numbers represents one stop, and by default, the lines between are each a third of a stop. Positive exposure compensation is to the right; negative is to the left. Note that you can actually dial in more than three stops of exposure compensation.

When you do, the compensation indicator will scroll off the scale, and a little arrow will appear to indicate that your compensation has gone beyond three stops. As you change exposure compensation, the shutter speed and aperture displays will update to indicate the new exposure values that your exposure compensation has defined. When you're shooting in Manual mode, the exposure level readout works more like a light meter. When the indicator is at 0, then the camera is indicating that you have good exposure. If the indicator goes above or below, then the camera is indicating that it thinks you have over or under exposure.

You are still free to use any setting you want, of course; this is Manual mode. The readout is just there to let you know how your current settings are metering. Next comes your ISO indicator, which simply gives you a readout of your current ISO settings. If you're coming to the digital world directly from film, you may wonder why you'd care to have a constant display of ISO, but remember, with a digital camera, you can change ISO on every shot, making it a third exposure parameter that you have control over. Directly beneath the ISO label is an indicator that shows that you've activated highlight tone priority, which you'll learn about later.

The max burst indicator shows a number indicating how many pictures the buffer can hold. As you shoot quickly, that number will go down, indicating that the buffer is filling up. If it gets to 0, the camera will stop shooting until it's had time to empty images out of the buffer, at which point, the number will slowly go up. The buffer can hold more JPEGs than RAW files, so the maximum number there will vary depending on which format you're using. Finally, on the very right side is the autofocus status indicator, and the focus confirmation light.

When you half press the shutter button to focus, this circle will light up when the camera successfully meters, and locks focus. At that point, you can press the button the rest of the way to take your shot. Again, don't worry about remembering all of this stuff right now. Exposure settings are the critical readouts that you need to understand. The other status options will become obvious as you activate these specific features.

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