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Canon 5D Mark III: From Snapshots to Great Shots

Book Description

Created expressly for the beginning photographer–no matter what camera you might be using–Peachpit Press's bestselling From Snapshots to Great Shots books teach you the core fundamentals of photography, and show you exactly how to execute those fundamentals with your camera.

 Now that you’ve bought the amazing Canon 5D Mark III, you need a book that goes beyond a tour of the camera’s features to show you exactly how to use the 5D Mark III to take great pictures. With Canon 5D Mark III: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you get the perfect blend of photography instruction and camera reference that will take your images to the next level! Beautifully illustrated with large, vibrant photos, this book teaches you how to take control of your photography to get the image you want every time you pick up the camera.

With Canon 5D Mark III: From Snapshots to Great Shots, you’ll learn not only what makes a great shot work—you’ll learn how to get that shot using your 5D Mark III. And once you’ve got the shot, show it off! Join the book’s Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your Canon 5D Mark III to get great shots at www.flickr.com/groups/Canon5DMarkIIIFromSnapshotstoGreatShots.

Includes Free Video Access
The purchase of your Canon 5D Mark III: From Snapshots to Great Shots print book gives you free access to almost two hours of video training from the author. So in addition to reading about how to use your camera, you can also join Ibarionex Perello on a journey around the San Francisco Bay Area as he demonstrates the powerful features of the 5D Mark III and how you can create amazing images, whether you’re shooting portraits, landscapes, or video. And after you’ve got your shot, you can go into the digital darkroom with Ibarionex and learn how to import, tag and rate, and edit and enhance your images in Lightroom, and then share them with the world.

Table of Contents

  1. Title Page
  2. Copyright Page
  3. Dedication
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
    1. What Does This Book Cover That I Won’t Find in the User’s Manual?
    2. Does This Book Cover Every Feature of the Camera?
    3. Should I Read the Book Straight Through or Can I Jump Around and Use It as a Reference?
    4. How Important Are the Assignments at the End of Each Chapter?
    5. How Can I Make the Most of This Book and My Camera?
  7. 1. The 5D Mark III Top Ten List
    1. Ten Tips to Get You Started
    2. Poring Over the Camera
    3. 1. Charge Your Battery
    4. 2. Set Your ISO
    5. 3. Set Your White Balance
    6. 4. Set Your Exposure Mode
    7. 5. Set Your Autofocus Mode and Focus Point
    8. 6. Set the Image Recording Quality
    9. 7. Manage Your Memory Cards
    10. 8. Choose a Color Space and Picture Style
    11. 9. Choose a Metering Mode
    12. 10. Set Your Information Display
    13. Chapter 1 Assignments
  8. 2. First Things First
    1. What to Know Before You Begin Taking Pictures
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Exposure
    4. White Balance
    5. Cleaning the Sensor
    6. Lenses and Focal Lengths
    7. Chapter 2 Assignments
  9. 3. The Exposure Zone
    1. Exposure Modes and Metering
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. A+: Scene Intelligent Auto Mode
    4. P: Program Mode
    5. Tv: Shutter Priority Mode
    6. Av: Aperture Priority Mode
    7. M: Manual Mode
    8. Exposure Lock
    9. Exposure Compensation
    10. Metering Modes
    11. How I Shoot: A Closer Look at the Camera Settings I Use
    12. Chapter 3 Assignments
  10. 4. That Wonderful Face
    1. Settings and Features to Make Great Portraits
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Aperture Priority Mode
    4. Lighting and Background
    5. White Balance and ISO
    6. Portrait Metering
    7. The AE Lock Feature
    8. Focus: The Eyes Have It
    9. Focus Lock
    10. How to Build a Composition
    11. Classic Black-and-White Portraits
    12. Chapter 4 Assignments
  11. 5. Moving Targets
    1. Tricks to Capturing Motion
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. The Three Questions to Ask Yourself When You’re Photographing Movement
    4. What Exposure Modes Can Do for Your Motion Photos
    5. Keeping It in Focus
    6. Drive-Mode Options
    7. Choosing a Lens
    8. Creating a Sense of Motion
    9. Chapter 5 Assignments
  12. 6. Landscape Photography
    1. Getting the Most Out of Your Landscape Photography
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Sharp and In Focus: Using Tripods
    4. Exposure Modes
    5. ISO
    6. White Balance
    7. Picture Styles
    8. The Electronic Level
    9. The Golden Hour
    10. Focusing
    11. Composition
    12. Chapter 6 Assignments
  13. 7. Low Lighting
    1. Shooting When the Lights Get Low
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Raising the ISO: The Simple Solution
    4. Using Fast Glass
    5. Stabilizing the Situation
    6. Focusing in Low Light
    7. Using the Self-Timer for Sharper Photographs
    8. Using Flash
    9. Chapter 7 Assignments
  14. 8. Creative Compositions
    1. Improving Your Pictures with Sound Compositional Elements
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. The Five Visual Draws
    4. Working Together
    5. Depth of Field
    6. Backgrounds
    7. Leading Lines
    8. Chapter 8 Assignments
  15. 9. At the Movies
    1. Creating Video with the 5D Mark III
    2. Poring Over the Video Camera
    3. Getting Started
    4. Shooting and Playback
    5. Exposure
    6. White Balance
    7. Picture Style
    8. Composing Videos
    9. Focusing
    10. Recording Quality Audio
    11. Recording Good Video
    12. Accessorizing
    13. Editing Video
    14. Chapter 9 Assignments
  16. 10. Advanced Techniques
    1. Discovering the Creative Diversity in Your DSLR
    2. Poring Over the Picture
    3. Copyright Information
    4. Rating Images
    5. Updating Firmware
    6. Mirror Lockup
    7. Bracketing Exposures
    8. HDR Photography
    9. Multiple Exposures
    10. My Menu
    11. Chapter 10 Assignments
  17. Index
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