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Lesson 7 from: Canon 5D Mark III, Including Canon 5DS/5DSR Fast Start

John Greengo

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7. Display System

Next Lesson: Shooting Menu

Lesson Info

Display System

We're gonna be talking about the display system in particular the viewfinder display and the lcd monitor on the back of the camera. So let's, talk about the viewfinder display what you see when you look through the viewfinder itself. Well, first off of the frame is one hundred percent accurate. Approximately s so it's basically a hundred anything you lined up right on the edge is going to be right on the edge of your final photograph. And then, of course, in here we have the focusing points and we have sixty one focusing points. We can choose from any one of those or a group of those, as we have done in a earlier section in the class. Now we were going to have to get a little more technical here, and the married glasses are not enough. We're gonna have to take it up a notch because we're going for full color checker pocket protector here because we're getting into how the focusing points are working with different types of lenses. So let's, go to the right picture here. There we go. Al...

l right, so the center group of points are f five six cross type f points, all right, that means that they're working for horizontal and vertical lines. In all lenses that are f five six or faster but if you put a tele converter on a lens that say five six it becomes slower than that and they're not going to work so well in that situation now with lenses let's go to the next slide come on all right so in this case way have a whole group of sensors that are cross type points for lenses that are two eight two f four all right? And so these are very good sensors the cross type sensors as I said before are sensitive to horizontal and vertical lines the other sensors our only sensitive typically to horizontal lines now within your camera it has five very special point and it's thes five in the vertical right there in the middle these are double cross type so they have a plus and an ex so they're looking for all types of contrast and these air good with ones is that haven't aperture of f to eight or faster and so the faster your lens the better it's going to auto focus and this is one of the reasons ah lot of professionals like two point eight lenses is you're going to get higher performance from that so when you talk about sports and focusing speed it is a combination of the lens and the camera in a variety of things that it's doing okay, I'm done wearing this and this too but we'll set it there because we might need to get technical one more time, all right, moving on. So next up is we haven't electronic grid that we can turn on in the viewfinder. Some people like this for keeping level horizons. Some people like it landscape photographers for just composition reasons. Some people like it artistically, they like to draw on graph paper just for relationships, for one thing, it's another, maybe, like the rule of thirds, this isn't exactly the rule of thirds, but it's kind of similar to that we have a spot metering area. We talked about the different meter in patterns most of them aren't labeled the only one that is is the spot metering area that comes on with a little circle in the middle to give you an idea of where the camera is taking its reading from new in the mark, three is a warning symbol down in the bottom right hand corner. We're going to be going into the menu system in a minute here, and you can customize what sort of warnings the camera gives you. For instance, is your cameras set to the monochrome black and white city? That would be a pretty major issue that you want to know about whether you're white balance shift has been turned, whether you have different quality settings potentially set eso expansion spot metering auto, lightning optimizer or some of the things that you could turn on and it depends on whether you like to have stuff in the viewfinder or not I love options but I don't like cluttering up my viewfinder so I like to leave a lot of this stuff turned off all right? So down at the bottom of your screen is thie led information and hopefully you'll never see it look like this because there's probably a problem then uh this is kind of the full compilation of what your camera could see so let's just go through this really quickly and explain what some of these warnings and bits of information are so to start with the battery level how good the battery is we're going to see another place where we get more accurate information. We talked about the auto exposure lock that thumb button on the back of the camera when it's pressed and it's activated you will see that symbol in the viewfinder a number of controls here with with the flash so if the flash is on the camera and it's going to fire you're going to see this lightning ball if you are using a mode uh what's called high speed sake remember earlier when I said the fastest shutter speed was one two hundredth of a second I was totally lying to you all right? That's the fastest standard mode there is a special mode when used with the canon camera put into a excuse me candid camera with a cannon flash put in the special f p mode you can shoot up to eight thousandth of a second but everything has to be synchronized for it to be in there and this would let you know that you're doing them we have another flash mode flash exposure lock lets you know that an exposure has been locked in for flash settings I talked about changing the exposure compensation for flash on your camera this will let you know that an adjustment something other than zero has been set we're gonna have our shutter speed and then our aperture information next and then we have our exposure levels which read out in plus or minus three exposure values pretty rare that you're going to go beyond too but nice to see that extra area there d plus indicates a feature called highlight tone priority I'm gonna address this further in the menu city we have our s o settings next and our maximum burst and just you know for kicks everybody here in the class take a look at your camera to make sure the cameras turned on and tell me what sort of number you have in that bottom right corner don't worry about the mike profound I'll just repeat numbers I have thirteen when you have another thirteen what do we have? Thirteen another thirteen? Wow, so, like everybody has their camera set too raw, if you had your camera set to jay pickett might have a number like fifty or sixty of much for exactly what it would say, but this indicates how many pictures your camera will shoot to the internal hard drive for ram memory, you might say before they could go to the memory card. So this is the burst of images that you can shoot at any one time, so if you're shooting sports, you want to keep an eye on that bracketed number, because if you're leading up to a big play, you don't want to be shooting a bunch of pictures and have no bullets to shoot with when it really comes time t shoot and so it's, often good to shoot in short bursts and let the camera recover a little bit and then shoot some more bursts. And so think about that anytime you got a kind of plan your shots out when they're coming fast and furious, and then finally, we have the focus confirmation. Now, this also works with manual focus. Lens is what happens is the little green light will come on now, the little arrows down at the bottom indicate that the camera is working to focus, so you'll notice those arrows come on as the camera is. Trying to achieve focus, and then the circle will come on when it has achieved focus. So, you know, when the camera is focusing and when it's achieved focus, and so when you want to know it's in focus, we do have that little beep, which I like to turn off. This is the visual confirmation or one of two different visual confirmations toe let you know that your camera is in focus. Next up, let's. Go to the back of the camera, the lcd screen. We talked about this a little bit before you can get to this screen by pressing the info button sometimes a couple of times, or you compress the cube button and you're going to see this and you're gonna be using a number of different control so you can use the dials. You can use the multi controller to get to this. You can use whatever one that you want to get. Teo to go in here and make those changes. You'll need to use the cube button twice to activate a certain area so that you can go in and change. It will then use the multi controller to move up and down left and right to go to a particular feature to change it, and you can change anything from this screen that you see with the exception of the mod ill. Because that's a physical dial on the top of the camera, everything else could be elektronik li changed, so if you're working with your camera, say on a tripod and it's really high above you you khun select this and you could go over and you could change your so even though you can't see the buttons on the top of the camera so it's just a secondary way to make those changes top row is going to keep your most important information a cz we move down, we're gonna have our exposure compensation, we'll have our flash exposure compensation and you can start seeing things or being in two different places we're going to see how things are in three different places and sometimes custom controls this is going to great, we're gonna be able to customize our camera, but we're actually going to do this more when we get into the full menu system about back down on the bottom left side, we have our picture styles I think they should be left it's standard our white balance, which there was a button up on the top of the camera for that white balance correction. If we wanted to make a slight tweak toe white balance, we could do it in here auto, lightning, optimizer something I'll explain it in a little bit our drive mode, which had a button on the top same with their meeting mode, as well as our focusing mode. So it's just features, or kind of doubled up in this screen for your options on how to change them. And then over on the bottom. Right is indicating what type of car do you have in the camera? And how you are recording, whether you're recording j pegs or raws into which card.

Class Materials

bonus material with purchase

Fast Start - Canon® 5DMIII
Canon® 5DSR Menu Settings

Ratings and Reviews

Tami Miller

I really enjoy any John Greengo class - beside being an incredible photographer, he has the true nature of a teacher. What a combo: a fantastic photographer with a great sense of humor who can really explain complex concepts and take the fear out of all of those buttons and dials! I LOVE his 'tests' and visual challenges: the immediate results help to cement the information. I have had my Canon Mark D III for almost a year now. The time I spent experimenting with it and reading most of the manual (ok, maybe I am a nerd!) was great preparation for this class as I knew exactly the things that were confusing me. And, as usual, Mr. Greengo delivered. So glad I purchased the course so I can review it many times. Only two disappointments: unless I missed it, it wasn't made clear how to switch from one card to the other. I was in Scotland and my screen kept flashing, "card is full" - and I couldn't figure out how to switch to the other one; and I did want to fill in the copyright/name information but can't figure out how to 'type' in anything. Class is a must for a new owner of this camera.


Wonderful, wonderful instruction! I wish every instructor could be as point-on as John Greengo. I had my money's worth about a quarter of the way through the class. At the end, I called it priceless. I have had my 5D Mark iii for almost 2 years, and John taught me some extremely useful things about the camera I did not know. Even if you are an advanced shooter with considerable 5DMiii experience, you are likely to get something valuable from this course - otherwise, you are CERTAIN to get really valuable knowledge about your camera. Strongly recommended for Canon 5D Mark iii owners.

Liesa Wayson

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE John's classes. Bought the 70D class for my first camera, now the 5D Mark III class, so worth it. Awesome investment!

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