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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.
You've been seeing so far how we can use a lot of these external controls to drive the camera, but there is another way to change many of the same parameters, and that's to use the quick control screen. From any shooting mode, with the camera turned on, obviously, if I just press the Q button, I get this screen here, which gives me a readout of the camera's current settings, many of the current settings, as well as a way to change them. So I can see that I'm currently in Program Mode. It times out, just like many of the displays on the camera. I am set to Auto ISO, I have no exposure compensation, and so on, and so forth.
Using the multi-controller, I can actually select different features here, and alter them on the back of the camera. So for example, I could go here to AWB -- Auto White Balance -- and it's giving me a hint down here as to what this is. This is set to Auto. Hit the Set button, and now I've got my white balance control. So I could change to, say, shady white balance, hit the Set button to accept that; it takes me back to the quick control screen, and now I can see that I've changed my white balance. What this is really great for is working on a tripod. If you've got the camera mounted on a tripod, and maybe it's up too high to see, or you're just tired of looking through the viewfinder, you've set your shot already, and you're waiting for the light to change or whatever, you can completely drive the camera from this nice big display back here using only the controls on the back of the camera.
So it's a really easy way to work when you have trouble seeing the upper display, or getting to any of these other controls, maybe you're mounted on a tripod, again, with a remote shutter release, it's just a very nice way to work, and you get to it simply by pressing the Q button.
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