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Canon® EOS-1Ds Mark III Digital Field Guide

Book Description

Essential, no-fail photography techniques in a full-color, portable guide

Confidently create beautiful photographs with the powerful features on your Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III camera and this essential guide. A workhorse camera for photojournalists and sports and wildlife photographers, the 1Ds Mark III yields spectacular results, once you master its intricacies.

This easy-to-follow book is the latest in the bestselling Digital Field Guide series that has taught thousands of photographers and beginners how to get the most out of their digital cameras. Get to know your 1Ds Mark III, understand how to use all its robust features, then take this handy-sized portable guide with you in the field for quick and easy reference.

  • Master your Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III inside and out: 21.1 megapixels, 5fps, 3-inch LCD, Live View, and high-precision AF system

  • Find pages of step-by-step techniques, professional tips, and no-fail formulas that will help you get the results you want

  • Learn where to find and how to master your camera's sophisticated menu system, picture modes, and settings

Go under the hood of your sophisticated new camera with this essential guide-it covers more than the manual!

Table of Contents

  1. Copyright
  2. About the Author
  3. Credits
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Introduction
  6. I. Exploring the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
    1. 1. Navigating the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      1. 1.1. What's New at a Glance
      2. 1.2. Navigating the Camera: Buttons and Dials
        1. 1.2.1. Top of the camera
          1. 1.2.1.1. Mode button
          2. 1.2.1.2. AF-Drive button
          3. 1.2.1.3. Using the AF-Drive and Mode button together
          4. 1.2.1.4. Metering Mode/Flash Exposure Compensation button
          5. 1.2.1.5. Exposure Compensation/Aperture button
          6. 1.2.1.6. ISO button
          7. 1.2.1.7. Main Control dial
          8. 1.2.1.8. FE Lock/Multi-Spot metering button
        2. 1.2.2. Back of the camera
          1. 1.2.2.1. Menu button
          2. 1.2.2.2. Info button
          3. 1.2.2.3. AF start button
          4. 1.2.2.4. AE Lock/Reduce button
          5. 1.2.2.5. AF Point Selection/Magnify button
          6. 1.2.2.6. Multi-controller
          7. 1.2.2.7. Quick Control dial
          8. 1.2.2.8. Quick Control dial Set button
          9. 1.2.2.9. Off/On switch
          10. 1.2.2.10. Playback button
          11. 1.2.2.11. Erase button
          12. 1.2.2.12. Function button
          13. 1.2.2.13. Protect/Sound Recording button
          14. 1.2.2.14. Bottom-right buttons
        3. 1.2.3. Side connections
      3. 1.3. Setting up Memory Cards
        1. 1.3.1. Types of files
          1. 1.3.1.1. RAW and sRAW files
          2. 1.3.1.2. JPEG files
      4. 1.4. Viewfinder Readout
      5. 1.5. Live View
        1. 1.5.1. Advantages of Live View
        2. 1.5.2. Challenges of using Live View
        3. 1.5.3. Activating Live View
    2. 2. The Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Menu Systems
      1. 2.1. How Menu Items are Selected and Organized
        1. 2.1.1. Selecting your menu item
        2. 2.1.2. How menus are organized
      2. 2.2. Shooting Menu 1
      3. 2.3. Shooting Menu 2
      4. 2.4. Playback Menu 1
      5. 2.5. Playback Menu 2
      6. 2.6. Set-Up Menu 1
      7. 2.7. Set-Up Menu 2
      8. 2.8. Set-Up Menu 3
      9. 2.9. Custom Functions Menu
        1. 2.9.1. Clear All Custom Functions
        2. 2.9.2. C.Fn setting register/apply
      10. 2.10. My Menu Settings
    3. 3. Choosing Settings When Preparing for a Shoot
      1. 3.1. Prepping Your Equipment for a Shoot
      2. 3.2. Focusing Modes
        1. 3.2.1. One Point Auto Focus
        2. 3.2.2. AI Servo Auto Focus
        3. 3.2.3. Automatic Focus
        4. 3.2.4. Improving autofocus
        5. 3.2.5. Manual focus
      3. 3.3. Exposure Metering Modes
        1. 3.3.1. Modifying exposure
        2. 3.3.2. Exposure bracketing
      4. 3.4. Flash Modes
      5. 3.5. Drive Modes
      6. 3.6. ISO Choices
        1. 3.6.1. Types of digital noise
        2. 3.6.2. Noise reduction techniques
      7. 3.7. White Balance Modes
      8. 3.8. Image Quality Modes
      9. 3.9. Picture Style Modes
      10. 3.10. Registering Settings
  7. II. System Components
    1. 4. Tethered Shooting
      1. 4.1. Tethered Shooting Pros and Cons
        1. 4.1.1. Pros
        2. 4.1.2. Cons
      2. 4.2. Software
        1. 4.2.1. Capture One Pro 4.6
        2. 4.2.2. Canon software
      3. 4.3. Improving USB Capture Rate with Macintosh Systems
        1. 4.3.1. Computer hardware and capture speed
        2. 4.3.2. Sending only small JPEGs to the computer
        3. 4.3.3. Using Lightroom 2.0 for quick RAW tethering
      4. 4.4. Troubleshooting in Tethering Environments
        1. 4.4.1. General troubleshooting
        2. 4.4.2. Specific troubleshooting for tethering issues
        3. 4.4.3. One final note
    2. 5. Making Smart Lens Choices
      1. 5.1. Canon Lens System and Terminology
        1. 5.1.1. Lens choices
        2. 5.1.2. Lens terminology
      2. 5.2. Prime versus Zoom Lenses
        1. 5.2.1. Prime Lenses
        2. 5.2.2. Tilt-shift lenses
        3. 5.2.3. Zoom lenses
      3. 5.3. L Lenses versus Standard Lenses
      4. 5.4. My Ideal Lens List
      5. 5.5. Specialty Lenses and Accessories
        1. 5.5.1. EF extenders
        2. 5.5.2. Extension tubes
        3. 5.5.3. Macro lenses
    3. 6. Working with Canon Speedlites
      1. 6.1. Canon Speedlites
        1. 6.1.1. 580EX II
          1. 6.1.1.1. 430EX II and 430EX
      2. 6.2. Exposing with Speedlites
        1. 6.2.1. Exposure considerations with a Speedlite
        2. 6.2.2. E-TTL II
        3. 6.2.3. FEL
        4. 6.2.4. Manual exposure
      3. 6.3. Add-On Modifiers for Speedlites
        1. 6.3.1. Gary Fong Lightsphere
          1. 6.3.1.1. Big Bounce
          2. 6.3.1.2. Sto-Fen modifier
        2. 6.3.2. Portable ring lights
        3. 6.3.3. Off-camera setups
      4. 6.4. Using Speedlites in Various Lighting Situations
        1. 6.4.1. Daylight
        2. 6.4.2. Low light
        3. 6.4.3. Dim interiors and exteriors
      5. 6.5. Remote Triggering with Speedlites
  8. III. In the Field with Your Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
    1. 7. Lighting Decisions
      1. 7.1. Planning a Lighting Setup
      2. 7.2. Available Light
      3. 7.3. Strobe Systems
        1. 7.3.1. Types of strobe systems
          1. 7.3.1.1. Power packs
          2. 7.3.1.2. Monolights
        2. 7.3.2. Strobe modifiers
          1. 7.3.2.1. Softboxes
          2. 7.3.2.2. Softbox control
          3. 7.3.2.3. Umbrellas
          4. 7.3.2.4. Umbrella control
          5. 7.3.2.5. Reflectors
          6. 7.3.2.6. Reflector control
        3. 7.3.3. Lighting comparisons
          1. 7.3.3.1. Special units
      4. 7.4. Fluorescent and HMI Systems
        1. 7.4.1. Fluorescent lighting systems
        2. 7.4.2. HMI systems
      5. 7.5. Tungsten Lights
      6. 7.6. Portable Power
        1. 7.6.1. Battery units
        2. 7.6.2. Gasoline generators
    2. 8. Advertising and Editorial Photography
      1. 8.1. Advantages and Limitations
        1. 8.1.1. Advantages of the EOS-1Ds Mark III
        2. 8.1.2. Limitations of the EOS-1Ds Mark III
      2. 8.2. Avoiding Downtime
      3. 8.3. Tethering for Advertising
      4. 8.4. Lens Choices for Advertising and Editorial Photography
      5. 8.5. Processing and Post-Production Work
    3. 9. Photographing People
      1. 9.1. The 1Ds Mark III for Portraiture
      2. 9.2. Portraits
        1. 9.2.1. Formal portraits
        2. 9.2.2. Informal portraits
        3. 9.2.3. Working with the subject
        4. 9.2.4. Lighting different subjects
      3. 9.3. Lens Choices
      4. 9.4. Photographing People on Location
      5. 9.5. Photographing People in the Studio
      6. 9.6. Beauty and Fashion
    4. 10. Wedding and Event Photography
      1. 10.1. Considerations
      2. 10.2. Know Your Client
      3. 10.3. Event Challenges and Limitations
        1. 10.3.1. Be ready
        2. 10.3.2. Have backups close by
      4. 10.4. Wedding Specifics
      5. 10.5. Other Event Tips
        1. 10.5.1. Educational events
        2. 10.5.2. Corporate event challenges
    5. 11. Architectural Photography
      1. 11.1. Initial Requirements of Architectural Photography
      2. 11.2. Using the EOS-1Ds Mark III in Architectural Photography
        1. 11.2.1. Canon 1Ds Mark III realities
        2. 11.2.2. Jon Roemer and the 1Ds Mark III
      3. 11.3. Architectural Shooting Techniques
      4. 11.4. Architectural Post-Processing Techniques
    6. 12. Landscape and Nature Photography
      1. 12.1. The EOS-1Ds Mark III System for Landscapes
      2. 12.2. RAW versus JPEG
      3. 12.3. Maximizing Dynamic Range
        1. 12.3.1. Multi-point spot metering
        2. 12.3.2. HDR merge
        3. 12.3.3. Highlight/Shadow adjustment
      4. 12.4. Stitching Images
      5. 12.5. Vibrationless Shooting
      6. 12.6. Lenses
      7. 12.7. Filters
      8. 12.8. Post-Processing Work
  9. IV. Appendixes
    1. A. Maintaining the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III
      1. A.1. Cleaning the Sensor
        1. A.1.1. The EOS Integrated Cleaning system
        2. A.1.2. Manual cleaning of the sensor
      2. A.2. Updating the Firmware
      3. A.3. Calibrating Lenses
      4. A.4. Sending Your Camera in for Repair
    2. B. RAW Processor Choices
      1. B.1. Overview
      2. B.2. Canon Digital Photo Professional
      3. B.3. Capture One Pro
      4. B.4. Iridient Digital RAW Developer
      5. B.5. Adobe Lightroom 2.2
      6. B.6. Adobe Camera Raw
      7. B.7. Aperture 2
    3. C. Specifications
      1. C.1. Type
      2. C.2. Image Sensor
      3. C.3. Recording System
      4. C.4. White Balance
      5. C.5. Viewfinder
      6. C.6. Autofocus
      7. C.7. Exposure Control
      8. C.8. Shutter
      9. C.9. Drive System
      10. C.10. External Speedlite
      11. C.11. Live View Function
      12. C.12. LCD Monitor
      13. C.13. Image Playback
      14. C.14. Image Protection and Erase
      15. C.15. Sound Recording
      16. C.16. Direct Printing
      17. C.17. Customization
      18. C.18. Interface
      19. C.19. Power Source
      20. C.20. Dimensions and Weight
      21. C.21. Operating Environment
    4. D. Traveling System Example
      1. D.1. Camera Case
      2. D.2. Lighting Case
      3. D.3. Stand Case
      4. D.4. Power Cable and Sandbag Case
      5. D.5. Extras You May Need
  10. Glossary