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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 includes an orientation sensor that lets it figure out if you're shooting in portrait or landscape orientation. Your camera records the orientation of your shot in the metadata for each image. When you view the images on the back of the camera, or in an image editing program, the image should appear rotated correctly. Sometimes, though, the camera's rotation sensor gets confused, and the proper rotation data doesn't get recorded with the image. So to fix this, you can rotate images in camera. This rotation will actually change that rotation tag that gets stored with the image so that images will appear correct in your image editing application on your computer.
If you're reviewing your images, and you come across an image that needs to be rotated, all you need to do is drop into the menuing system, and in the first page of the playback section, you will find an item for rotate image. Hit the Set button to go into there, and now what I have actually got is a full image browser here. I can scroll through my different images, and find anything that needs to be rotated, such as this image, which was actually shot in a landscape orientation, and this tells me that if I hit the Set button, I am going to rotate 90°. So, that's not quite right; there we go.
Now I'll just keep rotating the image around until it looks right. Now remember, this rotation tag is stored with the image, so when I get this into my image editor, it should have the correct orientation. Another rotation feature that I find very handy; consider this image that I shot in portrait orientation. Now, the camera has correctly rotated it, so that it's upright, so that when I am holding the camera like this, I see the image in its proper orientation. However, I'm wasting all this screen space. My image is kind of small after it's rotated. I would really much rather have it be displayed this way at full size, because since I am just holding the camera, I could always rotate it, and have a much nicer, larger view of my image.
I can actually tell the camera to start doing that instead. If I go into the menu, and go here to the first page of the setup category, I have an item called Auto rotate, which is currently set to On for both the camera, and computer, meaning images are going to be rotated for display on the camera, and they are going to be tagged for rotation on the computer. If I pop that open, I have two choices; I can turn off rotation altogether, or I can say, actually, go ahead and tag the images for rotation on the computer, but don't rotate them on the camera; there's no camera icon right there.
So I am going to hit Set to take that, and now when I play back that image, aha! It's filling the whole screen. It's sideways, but that's okay, because I can always just rotate the camera, and look at it that way. This gives me a much nicer, larger view. It's a setting I really recommend. It's going to make it easier to review fine details in your images.
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