Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III

with Ben Long
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Shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III
Video duration: 0s 5h 30m Beginner Updated Feb 04, 2016


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.

Topics include:
  • What is a DSLR?
  • Attaching lenses
  • Powering up and down
  • Formatting the media card
  • Holding the camera
  • Shooting in the Auto and Program modes
  • Changing the ISO
  • Controlling autofocus and white balance
  • Using a self-timer
  • Working with the exposure control options
  • Activating Live View
  • Shooting video
5D Mark III


- The Canon 5D Mark III is the latest generation in Canon's incredibly successful 5D series. With a 22 megapixel sensor, and Canon's latest DIGIC image processor, the DIGIC 5 plus, the Mark III delivers better image quality than ever before. In addition to the new image processor, the Mark III adds a new 61 point autofocus system that brings advanced top of the line autofocus to the 5D series. Finally, interface changes make it simple to keep all of this power at your fingertips, and new customization options let you choose exactly which fingertips to put it under.

Whether you're an amateur, or a professional, the Mark III provides you with a spectacular photographic instrument. Hi, my name is Ben Long. Understanding your gear is essential to being able to consistently take good photos. Sure, you can throw your camera in auto mode and get good shots most of the time, but you will run into occasions that will flummox your camera's auto features, and in those instances, you need to know how to adjust your camera to get good results. This course will show you how to make those adjustments, how to customize your camera, and how to drive all of the features on your Canon 5D Mark III.

In this course, we're going to explore all your camera's critical features, the features that any beginning to intermediate shooter will need to know. Among many other things, you'll see what the 5D Mark III's different modes do, how you can alter and tweak those modes, how to shoot video using the camera's HD video features, how to customize the camera to make it easier to use for your particular shooting tasks, and how to use the camera's various exposure controls to correct exposure while you shoot. Now, this is not a photography course. We won't be going into detail into exposure theory and the other fundamentals of photography, but we will give you reminders about specific terms and processes, and tell you when it's a good idea to go watch an additional Lynda course that might help with the fundamentals.

This course, combined with a couple of other courses, will provide you with a full photo curriculum, but one built around your specific camera. This means you can learn photography in terms of the specific buttons and controls on your exact camera. So get your camera close to hand as we delve into the particulars of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

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