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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 camera's basic components. Ben then discusses the camera's basic operation: changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in automatic mode, reviewing and managing photos on the camera's 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's 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.
Your camera is a piece of hardware, of course, and it comes with editing software that you install on your computer. Somewhere between hardware and software is firmware; software that runs on the computer inside your hardware. The firmware in your camera is what controls all of the camera's functions, and operations, and occasionally Canon will update that firmware. Before you can find out if there is a firmware update for your camera, you need to know what version of the firmware you already have, and the camera will tell you.
In the Menu system, here in the setup menu, on the fourth page, down at the very bottom, it just tells you this camera is using firmware version 1.1.2. To find out if there's a newer version, go to www.canonusa.com, click on consumer and home office on the top toolbar, then click on cameras, and then Digital SLR cameras. From there, you can click on 5D Mark III. Finally, from that page, drivers and software. If there is a firmware update available, you'll see a firmware section on the page.
From there, you can download the firmware, as well as instructions for installing. Installation is a simple process, so don't be afraid to keep your camera's firmware up to date. In addition to fixing problems, and possibly improving performance, you might also occasionally get entirely new features.
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