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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.
Live view is great for certain shooting situations, as we discussed, but it also has some drawbacks. Running the LCD screen takes a tremendous amount of power. This is why if your battery is running low, it's a good idea to turn off the image review on your camera, and to not spend any time looking at images you've already shot. Because live view requires the LCD screen, it's big battery drain, so you want to keep an eye on your battery status if you're doing a lot of live view shooting. If you know you're heading into a situation that requires a lot of live view, then you might want to consider investing in some additional batteries.
If you're trying to shoot unobtrusively in a darker environment, such as a performance, or a concert, then the light from the LCD screen might be disturbing to the people around you. In those instances, it's probably better to stay away from live view. But the biggest drawback with the live view shooting has to do with dynamic range. Dynamic range is the range of darkest to lightest tones that your camera can see. Your eyes have a much wider dynamic range than your camera does. This means that they can see details in areas that your camera can't. Now, this can complicate things when you're trying to frame a shot using live view, because live view is not going to be able to show you the same detail that you can see with your eye.
If you're wanting to compose around those details, you may find yourself frustrated. Say, for example, that you see a scene like this, where your eye can see detail in all those shadowy areas. When you look at the scene using live view, you would see something more like this. Now, if you were thinking about those shadow details as elements you wanted to compose around, then the fact that they're invisible in live view might be confounding to you when you're trying to frame your shot. A big part of the artistry of photography is knowing which parts of the dynamic range that you want to capture from the full range that your eye can see. If the camera is only showing you its limited view of that full range, then compositional decisions become more complicated, because you won't necessarily notice all the possibilities in a scene.
This is all true for any camera that uses an LCD screen for a viewfinder. One workaround is, when you're using live view, be sure to look often at your scene with a naked eye. Then you can take note of details that you can't see when you're looking at the live view screen.
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