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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is the latest in Canon's line of full-frame DSLR cameras. Its impressive array of capabilities and advanced controls allow the photographer ever more influence over the final image. With this comes more menus, buttons, and dials that the photographer must learn how to use to take full advantage of the camera.

This book explores the features and capabilities of the 5D Mark III in a way that far surpasses the user's manual. It guides readers through the camera features with step-by-step setting adjustments; color illustrations; and detailed how, when, and why explanations for each option. Every button, dial, switch, and menu configuration setting is explored in a user-friendly manner, with suggestions for setup. The informative text is illustrated with screenshots and example images throughout, making it easy to follow along.

Author James Johnson covers everything from the basic features of the camera to the numerous advanced photographic options as he discusses topics such as focus and exposure, lenses, lighting, custom settings, and more. With this book as your guide, you'll learn how to get the most out of this powerful camera.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Acknowledgments
  5. Preface
  6. Table of Contents
  7. Foreword
  8. Part One
    1. Chapter One: The Equipment
      1. What’s in the New Package?
        1. The Body-Only Package
        2. The Body and Lens Kit
      2. What Else Do I Need?
        1. Memory Cards
        2. CF Memory Cards
        3. Speed-Class Ratings
        4. SD Memory Cards
          1. SD Memory Card Capacities
          2. SDHC
          3. SDXC
          4. Speed-Class Ratings
        5. Optional Items
          1. Lens Filters
          2. Tripod
          3. Electronic Flash
    2. Chapter Two: Buttons, Dials, Knobs, and their Purposes
      1. Camera Body Reference
      2. From the Back
      3. From the Top
      4. From the Front
      5. From the Bottom
      6. From the Left Side, Closed
      7. From the Left Side, Open
      8. From the Right Side, Closed
      9. From the Right Side, Open
    3. Chapter Three: Managing Dials, Buttons, Switches, and a Joystick
      1. The Dials
        1. The Mode Dial
        2. The Main Dial
        3. The Quick Control Dial
        4. The Dioptric Adjustment Knob
      2. The Buttons
        1. The Quick Control Button
        2. The Magnify Button
        3. The Shutter Button
        4. The Depth-of-field Preview Button
        5. The Lens Release Button
        6. The Mode Dial Lock Release Button
        7. The INFO. Button
        8. The Setting (SET) Button
        9. The AF Point Selection Button
        10. The AE Lock Button
        11. The AF Start Button
        12. The AF Mode Selection / Drive Mode Selection Button
        13. The ISO Speed Selection / Flash Exposure Compensation Button
        14. The Metering Mode Selection / White Balance Selection Button
        15. The AF Area Selection Mode / Multi-Function Button
        16. The Creative Photo / Comparative Playback / Direct Printing Button
        17. The Rate Button
        18. The Playback Button
        19. The Erase Button
        20. The CF Card Ejection Button
        21. The START/STOP Button
        22. The LCD Panel Illumination Button
      3. The Joystick
      4. The Power Switch
      5. The Live View Shooting/Movie Shooting Switch
      6. The Multi-function Lock
    4. Chapter Four: Finding and Interpreting Image-Related Information
      1. Before an Exposure
        1. External Information
        2. Internal Information
      2. After an Exposure
        1. It’s All on the LCD Monitor
  9. Part Two
    1. Chapter Five: Capturing Light—The Exposure Parameters
      1. ISO
      2. Aperture
      3. Shutter Speed
      4. Metering
    2. Chapter Six: Capturing the Image—Composition and Focus
      1. Composition
      2. Focus
        1. How It Works
        2. How Many Autofocus Points Do You Need?
      3. The AF Configuration Tool
  10. Part Three
    1. Chapter Seven: Advanced Features
      1. Shooting with Live View
      2. Silent Shooting
      3. Silent LV Shooting
      4. Continuous Shooting
      5. Long Exposures
      6. Delayed Exposures
      7. Depth-of-Field and Focus Stacking
  11. Part Four
    1. Chapter Eight: The Shooting Menu
      1. Menus
      2. Shoot1
        1. Image Quality
        2. Image Review
        3. Setting the Image Review Time
        4. Beep
        5. Release Shutter without Card
        6. Lens Aberration Correction
        7. External Speedlite Control
        8. Configuring an External Speedlite
        9. Mirror Lockup
      3. Shoot2
        1. Expo.Comp./AEB
        2. ISO Speed Settings
        3. Auto Lighting Optimizer
        4. White Balance
        5. Custom White Balance
        6. WB Shift/Bkt.
        7. Color Space
      4. Shoot3
        1. Picture Style
        2. Long Exp. Noise Reduction
        3. High ISO Speed NR
        4. Highlight Tone Priority
        5. Dust Delete Data
        6. Multiple Exposure
        7. HDR Mode
      5. Shoot4: LV Functions
        1. Live View Shoot
        2. AF Mode
        3. Grid Display
        4. Aspect Ratio
        5. Expo. Simulation
        6. Silent LV Shoot
        7. Metering Timer
    2. Chapter Nine: The Autofocus Menu
      1. AF1: AF Config. Tool
        1. Case (1 through 6)
        2. Tracking Sensitivity
        3. Accel./Decel. Tracking
        4. AF Pt Auto Switching
      2. AF2: AI Servo
        1. AI Servo 1st Image Priority
        2. AI Servo 2nd Image Priority
      3. AF3: One Shot
        1. USM Lens Electronic MF
        2. AF-Assist Beam Firing
        3. One-Shot AF Release Prior
      4. AF4
        1. Lens Drive When AF Impossible
        2. Selectable AF Point
        3. Select AF Area Selec. Mode
        4. AF Area Selection Method
        5. Orientation Linked AF Point
      5. AF5
        1. Manual AF Pt. Selec. Pattern
        2. AF Point Display During Focus
        3. VF Display Illumination
        4. AF Microadjustment
    3. Chapter Ten: The Playback Menu
      1. PLAY1
        1. Protect Images
        2. Rotate Images
        3. Erase Images
        4. Print Order
        5. Image Copy
        6. RAW Image Processing
      2. PLAY2
        1. Resize
        2. Rating
        3. Slide Show
        4. Image Transfer
        5. Image Jump w/ (Main-Dial Icon)
      3. PLAY3
        1. Highlight Alert
        2. AF Point Disp.
        3. Playback Grid
        4. Histogram Disp
        5. Movie Play Count
        6. Magnificatn (apx)
        7. Ctrl over HDMI
    4. Chapter 11: The Set Up Menu
      1. Set Up1
        1. Record Func+Card / Folder Sel.
        2. File Numbering
        3. File Name
        4. Auto Rotate
        5. Format Card
      2. Set Up2
        1. Auto Power Off
        2. LCD Brightness
        3. Date/Time/Zone
        4. Language
        5. VF Grid Display
      3. Set Up3
        1. Video System
        2. Battery Info.
        3. Sensor Cleaning
        4. INFO. Button Display Options
        5. RATE Btn Function
      4. Set Up4
        1. Custom Shooting Mode (C1–C3)
        2. Clear All Camera Settings
        3. Copyright Information
        4. Camera Firmware Ver.
    5. Chapter 12: The Custom Functions Menu
      1. C.Fn1: Exposure
        1. Exposure Level Increments
        2. ISO Speed Setting Increments
        3. Bracketing Auto Cancel
        4. Bracketing Sequence
        5. Number of Bracketed Shots
        6. Safety Shift
      2. C.Fn2: Disp./Operation
        1. Warnings in Viewfinder
        2. LV Shooting Area Display
        3. Dial Direction During Tv/Av
        4. Multi Function Lock
        5. Custom Controls
      3. C.Fn3: Others
        1. Add Cropping Information
        2. Default Erase Option
      4. C.Fn4: Clear
        1. Clear All Custom Func. (C.Fn)
    6. Chapter 13: The My Menu Menu
      1. My Menu Settings
        1. Register To My Menu
        2. Sort
        3. Delete Item/Items
        4. Delete All Items
        5. Display from My Menu
    7. Chapter 14: Movie-Mode-Specific Menus
      1. SHOOT2: Movie
        1. AF Mode
        2. Grid Display
        3. Movie Rec. Size
        4. Sound Recording
      2. SHOOT3: Movie
        1. Time Code
        2. Silent Control
        3. Movie Shoot. Btn
      3. SHOOT4: Movie
        1. AF Mode
        2. Grid Display
        3. Movie Rec. Size
        4. Sound Recording
        5. Silent LV Shoot
        6. Metering Timer
      4. SHOOT5: Movie
        1. Time Code
        2. Count Up
        3. Start Time Setting
        4. Movie Rec. Count
        5. Movie Play Count
        6. Drop Frame
        7. Silent Control
        8. Movie Shoot. Btn
  12. Part Five
    1. Chapter Fifteen: Adding Illumination
      1. Characteristics of Light
        1. Amount
        2. Intensity
        3. Color
        4. Direction
      2. Continuous Lighting
        1. Natural
        2. Man-Made
      3. Flash Illumination
        1. Strobes
        2. Speed Lights
  13. Part Six
    1. Chapter Sixteen: After the Shutter is Tripped...
      1. In-Camera Post Processing
      2. Transferring the Images to a Computer
        1. Memory Card Reader
        2. USB Cable
        3. Wireless Data Transfer
        4. Storage Considerations
      3. On-Computer Post-Processing
      4. Printing
  14. Chapter-opening Photo Credits
    1. Chapter One
    2. Chapter Two
    3. Chapter Three
    4. Chapter Four
    5. Chapter Five
    6. Chapter Six
    7. Chapter Seven
    8. Chapter Eight
    9. Chapter Nine
    10. Chapter Ten
    11. Chapter Eleven
    12. Chapter Twelve
    13. Chapter Thirteen
    14. Chapter Fourteen
    15. Chapter Fifteen
    16. Chapter Sixteen
  15. Index