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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.
The Mark III has a lot of different menu options, and there are some that you will probably find yourself using fairly regularly. Unfortunately, they may be spread out amongst several different menus, or several different categories of menus. To help streamline that process, the Mark III has a custom menu over here; that's the one with the star on it, and it has only one menu item in it by default, and that's My Menu settings. From here I get controls that allow me to add any function that I want to the My Menu custom menu here.
So I am going to in here, and say Register to My Menu. That allows me to pick, from this list of every single function that the camera has, anything that I want to go in my custom menu. So some things that I use regularly; I regularly use Format, and so I am going to go try and find that. Now, these are in here in the order that they appear in the camera's menus. They are, unfortunately, not in alphabetical order, so this might take me a little while here. I am going to keep my eyes open for other things that I might want.
Now, there is Erase images. Of course, I don't want that; I never want to use Erase images, I always want to use Format. So, Format card, I can hit that. It asks me to confirm, Register in My Menu Format card; I am going to say OK, and there it is. I also regularly use auto exposure bracketing, so I am going to go find that. That's a Shooting menu thing, so it should be fairly close to the top. Exposure compensation/AEB; that's it, so I am going to pick that, and say OK.
So I have got two things in My Menu now. Let's go look at it. I am going to hit the Menu button to go back up a level, and then I am going to go up a level again. And now here is my custom menu. It's got Format card, and Exposure compensation. So I could continue to add items until I've filled up the page. I cannot create a scrolling menu, so I have only got room for a few items here. This will always be one of my items, because there are some utility functions in here. I can tell it how I want them sorted, and this allows me to pick an item, and move it up or down, so I can put these in any order that I want.
I can go in here and delete an item. I can simply pick the one I want; it asks me to confirm. I am not going to actually do that; I like that command. I can delete all items. Finally, if I want to be sure that My Menu, my custom menu, is the first thing that I see whenever I come to the menu system, I can Enable this. This means that no matter where I left off, any time I activate the menu system, I am right here. I am going to go ahead and change over to here, come out, I am going to hit the menu button, I am still back in my menu.
So if these really are the things that I use the most, I can make sure they are always the things I get to right away as soon as I hit that Menu button. So this can really streamline and speed up the way you get into the menu items in your camera. If you're someone who needs to be able to shoot and change parameters, certain parameters, in a hurry, you are going to want to build yourself a custom menu.
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