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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.
If you're not an English speaker, you can switch the interface of your camera to a different language. Obviously, this can make it easier to navigate your camera's menus. But it's also a great way to bone up on a foreign language. For example, you can set your camera to Dutch, and then next time you are in Holland, you'll be able to walk into your hotel, and say peripheral illumination correction in perfect Dutch. Anyway, when you first turned on your camera, it should have asked you for your language preference, so you'll probably never need to do this again, but if you do, here's how.
To change the language, we go into the cameras menuing system. You'll be able to do this from any mode that you're in, so even though we're in full Auto mode, I still have access to the language command. I'm going to hit the Q button to jump over here to the playback category. I'm going to press it again, to go over here to the tools category. I'm going to use the little joystick here to come over to where I see language, and then I just scroll down, hit the Set button, and I get this big list of languages. So I can set this to any of the myriad languages that I don't actually speak here.
But just so you can see how this works, let's switch this to Portuguese, and now, sure enough, all my menus are in Portuguese. And so they are now completely incomprehensible to me. Fortunately, if you accidentally change the menu item to something that you can't read, there's always going to be this little icon down here that indicates that that's the language menu item. So once you are in here, you can switch back to whatever your native tongue is. So again, you probably set this when you first configured the camera; you may not ever need to reset it.
If it gets accidentally changed, just remember to look for the little guy with a speech balloon, and that's how you can get back, and switch it back to a language you understand.
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