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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 Mark III, of course, has this big nice 3 inch LCD screen on the back, which you'll use for reviewing your images, for driving the menu system, and as a viewfinder when you're shooting video, or choosing to shoot stills with live view. You've also got this status LCD display on the top. Now, with the power turned on, it's going to be blank, unless you half press the shutter button, and that's when it wakes up, and gives you, really, all the critical status information that you need while you're shooting. Right over here, I've got my white balance display.
I'm currently set to auto white balance. Down here, I've got exposure compensation; that's what this little dial is, and right now, I can see that I've got no exposure compensation dialed in. My current ISO setting. I can see that my auto lighting optimizer is turned on. The Mark III has two different card slots; I can tell that I've got a card in slot 1, and it's currently selected for recording. I'm using large JPEG format. My autofocus mode is set to one shot. I'm set on single shot mode, rather than bursts.
This is my metering mode, this is my battery meter, and up here is the really critical exposure metering stuff. I'm currently set to f/5.6, because I'm in an aperture priority mode. If I half-press the shutter button to meter, I can see that the camera has selected a 50th of a second. If you're not clear on what all that means, we'll be going over some of that later in this course. Now, you saw that that 50 just disappeared. That's because after a while, after you've metered, the camera times out, and goes back to it's default neutral position. Similarly, this screen will eventually time out, and shut back down to blank just to conserve battery power, but of course, you can always get it back up at any time with a half-press of the shutter button.
If you're working in the dark, there's a built-in light, which you turn on by pressing this button right here. You are not really going to see anything under all these lights that we've got the camera under, but this really makes this very, very visible in low light. Now, what you are seeing right now, is also, most of it, mirrored inside the viewfinder in the camera. So you don't have to constantly be looking up here; you'll see your shutter speed, and aperture, and exposure compensation, and ISO, and many other things in here. We will be looking at the viewfinder display later. Also, this screen can display many more things than what we're seeing here. You can find a full workup of all of the things that it can show on page 21 of your manual.
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