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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.
You can also focus manually in live view, and sometimes this is a way to work around the camera's autofocus not being able to lock focus on what you want. I am going to start just like I always would, by switching the Manual focus switch over to Manual, away from Auto focus, and I'm going to activate live view. So here I see my scene. Now, the problem with manual focusing in live view is I have just got this 3 inch LCD, so it can be kind of difficult know if I've actually got focus set properly.
Fortunately, I have this button with a big magnifying glass on it. If I put my focus spot on top of the area I want to focus, which I am doing with my multi-controller, and then hit the magnifying button, that takes me into approximately 5 times magnification, and that bumps me up to 10. So I am going to put that right there, and now I have got a really clear view of my focus. So I am just going to go about right there. Press the magnifying glass again, and I come back out of full size, and now I'm ready to take my shot.
Metering will still be based on this square, so the same square where I was focusing is also going to be the source of my meter. So manual focus in live view is also a good way to work around autofocus problems. It's going to be much easier if you zoom in first. Trying to judge focus on the screen could be very difficult.
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