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Lesson 11 from: Canon 5D Mark III, Including Canon 5DS/5DSR Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

11. Setup Menu

Lesson Info

Setup Menu

Now fortunately, the setup menu has been trimmed down in size from previous cameras because they've added they added that whole new auto focus section the section has become a little bit smaller than in previous cameras the first sitting in here record function card folders select boy doesn't that sound great? Uh this is controlling where the images are being sent to what card? If you're going to shoot with just one card in your camera, you don't really need to do anything in here if you're going to shoot with multiple cards, this is where you would go in and direct what type of image rar j peg is going to what uh card on your camera uh standard is going to go to one card we have auto which will automatically switch cards which is not a bad setting you could record separately and so there's a number of different options you can choose in there filed numbering I would leave it on continuous there are ways to manually reset it if necessary, but I think continuous works just fine file nam...

e you can go in here and you can adjust the exact file name that is attributed to your photographs I recommend for most people too renamed their files when they put him in the light room so I don't even bother with this one but if you didn't have that opportunity you could put your initials for instance, if you were working with another photographer, you wanted your images to be noted by the file number you could put your initials in right there there's other things that we can use as well you'll see in just a moment auto rotate I recommend a change on this one this is where you turn it on computer but not on the camera and computer this way. What happens is that when you shoot a vertical picture it is going to remain vertical on the camera in this position which uses up with largest image area on the camera and so shooting a vertical you get to see the whole area now if you turn this on camera, you'll shoot a vertical and then you have to turn the camera this way to see it and it's using a very small portion of the screen. And so the downside to turning this on my recommendation is that when you see a vertical you got to do that which I think is well worth it to see it more clearly in full screen format the memory card this deletes all the pictures he races the card and initialize is it and readies it for the next a group of pictures this is something that most professionals will do before they engage in an important shoot. We do have an option on here to do a low level format on this which if you think of formatting as cleaning your card with soap and water, this is like using clocks, right? So this goes in and really scrubs it clean, uh, files and data on here, so be careful about doing this if there are pictures on there that are important but it's a good way, too initialize your card so that your camera doesn't have any communication problems on it. Sometimes people will have communication problems on their camera when they don't reform at the card, and all they do is delete images. The card builds up all these ghost folders on it, and that could be a bit of a problem in the long run. Next up, how quickly do you want your camera to turn off? I think one minute will work just fine. Lcd brightness this is where I talked about the auto sensor on the back of the camera. I like to have this sensor or the lcd a standard brightness all the time, and so what I'm gonna do is I'm going to change this feature lcd brightness to manual, and I'm going to set this in the middle. We have our time and date that you will set appropriately for wherever you happen to be, if you see a language in the menu system that looks a little like this. That's a potential problem because that is cling on and you will probably want to change that to your native language which I'm guessing if you're listening to this broadcast might be english vue vf grid display okay so this is the grid that appears in the viewfinder not on the lcd in the back of the camera but in the view finder uh I kind of like it for some things but most of the time I think it's probably best to leave the screen it is clear and as uncluttered as possible next we're going into the video system and so whether you are in an ntsc country like the united states or a pal country like many countries in europe you want to set this up to match the video system in your country this will also enable or disable certain frame wait frame rates when you get to shooting video battery information this is kind of nice where you can get to see very specific information about a battery what percent of its life is left? How many pictures have you taken? How good is the overall recharge performance on that battery? The sensor cleaning is something that I would leave in auto cleaning this is where it will clean the the sensor at startup and at shut down you can also go in and manually clean your sensor if you want teo and there are two levels level one is easy all right, and what you do there is you put your camera in the manual cleaning mode, you take the lens off and I don't have a bulb lower right here with me, but we'll just pretend I did and you will blow air into the sensor trying to knock dust off as it let it calm. Come out of the camera. Step two is a bit more involved, and it involves these fancy little swabs and liquid in which he would do there is kind of do the same thing, but the second step is thatyou would swipe a sensor swap across the sensor, excuse me and clean any of the dust off it's rare that you would need to do this, and not everyone feels comfortable doing it, so you might want to turn it into a repair shop to dio. If you are careful with small tools and you like to repair things, you can do this yourself without destroying the camera. All right, next up is thie info button display options and the information button right next to the viewfinder has three different screens. I like having all these checked off because they supply different sets of information and you can turn them on or off by just pressing that info button. And so if you know, if you know you're not going to use one of them, you can check it and there's where we also have that horizon level, which is kind of fun. The rating button we can go in and customised this button so that we can do rating with it, or we can protect images which I kind of find a little goofy, but you could go in and throw a lock so that your ten year old nephew doesn't accidentally delete pictures. He could still reformat the memory card so it's only good so far. Next up, custom shooting modes. All right, remember the sea one, two and three upon the modi ls this is where you would go to program those modes in, set the camera up exactly as you want it set up and then come into the menu system and register those as number one, number two or number three or all three of them. And that way you can quickly move between major, different settings in the camera. If you have totally not been paying attention for the last half hour, you could clear all the settings in your camera and take it back to the factory default settings. Uh, so if you've carefully set your camera up, you probably don't want to do this. Next up is copyright information. This is really nice you can actually put your name in your camera, and so if it ever gets stolen you can say yes, my name is on that camera and you could show him right in there you can also enter copyright information so I have my name john gringo and then I'm for copyright I put all rights reserved and so you could put in that sort of information if you were working for another photographer, you could put on job number other information and all of this gets passed along in the meta data of the photograph it's not on the photograph it's with the elektronik metadata in the photograph and then we have let's see that's copyright information then we have our firmware version all right, so the camera has software that runs all the operations of the camera and it gets updated from time to time. For those of you students in the class who have the five day mark three what do you have a different firmware version than one point? One two because this is the latest version of it there was an earlier version and they are likely to have future versions. So if you're watching this in the future not that you're in the future because you would be in current time but you're in our future you might have a different number two it that is higher than this number and you're like, wow, they were using one point one two back in those days

Class Materials

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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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