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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.
When you first get a new piece of gear, you are, of course, very careful with it, and proud of it, and it's great how clean it looks, and all that. Fortunately, that wears off eventually. I say fortunately because your camera is actually quite durable, and once you get over trying to keep a pristine, you'll be more likely to take it out into more shooting conditions. The Mark III manual lists the working temperature range of the camera as 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit; that's 0 to 40 degrees Celsius, in 85% humidity or less. Now, it's a good idea to follow these guidelines, but I've also gone beyond them, and I've never had any problems.
I'm not saying that you can absolutely go into extreme heat or deep cold, and not have issues, but my experience is that the specified temperature range is a little conservative. Fortunately, the camera will begin to exhibit certain symptoms when you start pushing the limits of its temperature range. If you're in extreme heat, the camera will show you the temperature warning icons that we discussed earlier, and the LCD screen on the back might start to discolor, and look weird. Of course, the camera can look after itself pretty well in hot weather. If it's too hot, it will simply refuse to work.
In cold weather, your LCD screen might start to discolor, or exhibit a really slow refresh rate. If that happens, just turn it off. Cold weather will also reduce your battery life. Don't worry; there won't be any permanent damage, but you may find that your battery goes dead quicker. If it does lose its charge, take it out, and put it in your pocket, or against your body. If you warm it back up, you might be able to coax a few more shots out of it. One of the biggest problems with cold weather is when you take your camera back indoors. The sudden warming of the camera can cause condensation to form inside, which can mess up your viewfinder.
If you've been out shooting in subfreezing temperatures for a while, put the camera in a Ziploc bag, and seal it up before you come back indoors. Leave it in the bag for a while, while the temperature equalizes, and then you can take it out and use it. Water and electronics typically don't mix very well, but just because it's raining doesn't mean you should stop shooting. Light rain, splashes on the outside of your camera; they're not going to hurt anything. So don't use a little rain as an excuse to stay inside.
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