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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.
Your camera captures color images, of course, but color is a tricky thing. What looks blue to you may not look blue to me. To help improve color consistency across different devices from, say, a camera, to a computer, to a printer, your camera maps the colors in your image into a color space. A color space is a mathematical model that defines the boundaries of color. You can learn all about color spaces in Inkjet Printing for Photographers. For now, all you need to know is that if you are ultimately shooting with the idea of printing your images on an inkjet printer, then you should change that color space setting in your camera.
As you've probably guessed, Color space is a Menu option. It's here in the shooting menu, over on the second page, down at the very bottom. By default, it will be set to sRGB, which is a fine color space if all you're going to do is deliver your images online. But we are going out to print here, so I am going to switch over to Adobe RGB; these are the only two color spaces offered, and for the most part, that's all you need. All major image editors are going to provide support for both of those color spaces if you're trying to work a color manage workflow. Again, this is a big topic, so right now we're not going to go beyond just discussing how you make the change. I leave my camera set on Adobe RGB all the time.
If you shoot without this set the way you want it, you can always change it later in your image editor. This is just a very nice convenience.
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