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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.
There are a lot of parameters to configure and adjust on your Mark III. You can get a summation of some of them by pressing the Info button. This brings up this page that shows me a few things. First of all, it tells me what shooting mode is assigned to each custom mode. We're going to be looking at custom modes in detail later. I can see that I currently have no white balance shift or bracketing dialed in. My Kelvin white balance setting is set to 5200. I can edit that inside the white balance menu. I have a color space of Adobe RGB, Long exposure noise reduction is set to Auto, High ISO speed Noise Reduction is set to its default middling setting.
My file name prefix is set here, and down here I can see that I have possible shots on card number 1 of 6463, because there are currently 59.5 GB of free space available. So these are some settings that you can't get off of the status display on top. They would normally be spread through several different menu screens, so this is just a quick way of seeing these settings if you're wondering what their current configuration is. If I continue to press the Info button past this first screen -- the camera just timed out here, so I'm going to wake it up again -- if I continue to press, it I get onto the level, which we're going to look at shortly, and then my quick control screen, which of course, I can also get to from the quick control button, as we'll see in another movie.
Press it again, and it goes off. Now, I can configure that cycling process, if I go here into the menu, on the third page of the setup menu, there's Info button display options. If I pick that, I can check and uncheck what I want to have done here. So I'm going to go down here and uncheck Displays shooting functions, because I have another way to get to those, so it's just a waste of my time to have to cycle through that. At least one of these has to be checked. I can't uncheck them all, because then the Info button wouldn't do anything at all. I hit OK, and now I'm done.
So again, a somewhat easy way to get to a simple status readout right here on the Info button.
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