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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.
Your camera has a big collection of image playback features. You've already seen how it displays an image immediately after you shoot, but of course, you can also go in and browse all the pictures that are stored on your media card. When it comes time to review your images, just press the playback button over here on the left side of the camera. That shows you the last image that you shot, and you can easily scroll through to your other images using the quick control dial. If you'd like to jump through a little bit faster, turn the main dial up here. That actually activates the jump feature, which by default goes 10 images at a time.
You can change that interval later from a menu item, if you'd rather go 50 images, or some other amount. If I want to check some fine detail, I can use the magnifying glass over here. That will get me into the zoom interface. So, this rectangle here shows me my full image size. That inset solid rectangle shows me the part of the image that I'm looking at right now. If I turn the main dial up here, I can zoom in farther still. Now, judging sharpness on this screen is a little bit of a dubious proposition. It gives you a pretty good idea, but if you are really going to get particular about sharpness, this may not be a good enough screen.
Still, it can let you know if the image is grossly out of focus, or even a little bit soft. Now, when I'm zoomed in, and this can be zoomed in any amount, not just all the way, I can pan around my image using the multi-controller here. So that allows me to really zero in on the place that I want to check focus on; that can be really handy. Again, I don't have to be zoomed in all the way, just zoomed in at all, and then I can pan my little current location thing around with my multi-controller. Now, watch what happens when I start zooming out. I come back out to my original image size.
So here I'm looking at my full size image. Now, if I keep spinning this dial to the left, Aha! I zoom out, and now I see thumbnails. So this is also a nice way of quickly navigating through your entire card, and it gives you an easier way of zeroing in on an image that you might want to look at. So maybe this was the batch of images that I was curious to see. With this selected, I can now just zoom back in, and now I'm back to looking at full size images. So the main dial will continue to zoom in and out as long as this a magnifying glass is showing down here.
So to get rid of it, I just exit Zoom mode by pressing the magnifying glass button again. By default, the first time you ever go into Playback mode here on your camera, you're in this nice clean view, where all you see is the image, but there's a lot of metadata that you can view as well. If I hit the Info button, that brings up a first screen of metadata. I can see here what my shutter speed and aperture was. I can see the folder number, and file number, and what card the image is stored on, and I can see that this is image 5 of 16 images currently on the card.
If I press the Info button again, I get a lot more information. I'm still seeing my exposure and file name information up here; I'm seeing a smaller thumbnail, but now I'm getting a lot of other metadata. I was in Program mode, here is my Metering mode, my white balance, what format the image is, how big it is on the card, my ISO, any picture style information I had dialed in, the color space, the date and time it was shot, and finally, a histogram display. This can be a critical tool for shooting. If you don't understand the histogram, take a look at my Foundations of Photography: Exposure course.
That will clue you in as to what this is. This is a way that you can judge exposure onscreen; something that you can't really do simply by looking at the image that the camera shows you. Another press of the Info button takes me to a different type of histogram. I've now got the luminance histogram that I saw before, but I also have this nice 3 channel histogram. This can help me determine if maybe I've got a color cast to my image. Finally, if I press Info again, I'm back to my original display, which has no metadata at all.
We'll look at some additional playback controls later in this course, but these are the basic ones that you'll use pretty much every day that you're using the camera.
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