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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 has a clock and calendar in it. Every time you take a picture, the date and time are stored in the resulting image file. This can be really handy when you're editing, not just to find out when you took a picture, but for sorting your images, or searching for image shot on a particular day, but also for geo-tagging your images. With the right hardware and software, you can add longitude and latitude data to your images in postproduction, but for all of that to work, you have to have the camera's clock set properly. To change the date and time, just drop into the cameras menuing system by hitting the Menu button. Press the Q button to work your way over to the setup category; that's the little wrench. And then use the joystick here to go to the second page; you'll see Date/Time/Zone.
I'm going to turn the wheel to get down there, hit the Set button, and here you can see that I've properly set my date and time already. The way this works is I just use the wheel to change from one field to another, and if I want to edit a field, I hit the Set button, and I can turn it up and down. I can also go down here, and set Daylight savings time. So as the time changes, I can just hit the Set button, and turn that on or off, and I can set my Time zone. What's nice about these two things is they mean that I don't have to go in and manually ever reset my time, unless it gets wildly off.
So let's say I fly from Pacific Time to New York. I could hit the Set button, and then just dial through. There's Denver; that's in Mountain Time. Chicago is Central Time. New York is East Coast time; hit Set, and now my clock has automatically been adjusted. When I come back home, I just scroll back to Pacific Time, which is represented Los Angeles, and my clock is set back to where it needs to be, and hit the OK button to accept any of those changes that I make. So that's a really speedy way of adjusting the time as you travel, without having to actually adjust the time, and risk maybe messing it up, and then not knowing what time it is, and having to start all over from scratch.
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