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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.
As soon as you take a picture, your camera displays it on the rear LCD screen. Now, by default, the image stays up for a few seconds, and then it goes away. This gives you a chance to quickly review your image, without having to manage any of the controls on the camera. However, you do have a little bit of control while that image is being displayed. I am going to just take a shot here, and as soon as I do, you see the image that I just took appear on the screen. It stays up there for two seconds. You can change that if you like, and we'll look at how in just a moment.
But there are some things I can do while the image is displayed. First of all, if I decide I don't like it right away, I can hit the trashcan button. Now I have got all the time in the world to make a decision here about whether to keep it. If I want to erase it, I can turn over to Erase, and then hit the Set button, and it will delete the image. There are other things I can do with an image while it's up on that playback screen. Take another one here, and if I hit the Info button, I can see some parameters about how I shot the image. I see that I was using a 1/100 of a second shutter speed at f/4, and I get the folder file name, and what card it was stored on.
If I press Info again, I get even more information. We are going to look into what this metadata is later. The reason that you might want this is this histogram display here, which is going to give me a good idea as to whether I've got decent exposure here. Press Info again; I get even more histograms. Press it again, and I'm back to my full image. Now, obviously I have gone way beyond my two seconds here. So once I am in here looking at an image, I've got all the time that I need to browse through the info. When I'm done, I can just half-press the shutter button, and I'm out of that playback mode, and ready to continue shooting.
If you go to the menu screen, and look at the first page under the shooting menu, you will see something called Image review, which is currently set to 2 seconds. This is how I control how long the image stays onscreen: 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or stays there indefinitely until I half-press the shutter button, or press the menu button, or do something else to put that camera into another mode. Alternately, I can turn the Image review off altogether. This is great if you are shooting a concert, or performance, or in a dark room; any time where you don't want the screen lighting up with that image after you take a shot.
If you are working in low light, you may want to turn Image review off, because when it turns on, the bright light of the screen will blow your night vision. If you are working with Image review off, it's very likely because you are in a place where you are trying to shoot a little more stealthily, or less obtrusively. In that case, you might want to turn the beep off also. I can go in here, and say disable beep, and now, when I half-press to autofocus, I get all my normal focus confirmation, but the camera never actually beeps; it goes into a silent mode. So there is a lot you can do during image review to analyze your image, or delete unwanted images.
Later in this course, you are going to see other options for deleting, and learn more about what that information is that you see when you hit the Info button.
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