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Canon 5D Mark III Experience - The Still Photography Guide to Operation and Image Creation with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III [Kindle Edition]

Douglas Klostermann
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Book Description

Canon 5D Mark III Experience is an e-book user's guide that goes beyond the manual to help you understand the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated and highly customizable camera - plus most importantly how, when, and why to use these functions and settings in your photography. This guide has been updated for Firmware version 1.2.1!

Written in the clear, concise, and comprehensive style of all Full Stop guides, Canon 5D Mark III Experience will help you learn to use your EOS 5D Mk III quickly and competently, to consistently make the types of images you desire.  You can read this guide on your PC or Mac, or take it into the field on your iPad, tablet, or phone with free Kindle Reading Apps.

This guide is designed for Intermediate and Enthusiast dSLR Photographers who wish to take fuller advantage of the capabilities of the camera to go beyond Auto+ and P modes and shoot competently in Av, Tv, and M modes; take control of the sophisticated 61 point autofocus system; learn how, when, and why to use the controls, buttons, and features of the 5D Mk III, and much more. It covers basic dSLR camera functions and exposure concepts for those learning digital SLR photography, and explains more advanced camera controls and operation such as using the various metering modes and exposure compensation for correct exposure of every image.

For Experienced Photographers coming to the 5D Mk III from previous dSLR models, this guide explains the new and advanced features to quickly get you up and running and taking advantage of these capabilities, including the new 61 Point Autofocus System and its Modes, Area Modes, Menu options and AF Case Presets. Plus it explains the new camera controls, the in-camera HDR and Multiple Exposures features, introduces the new video capabilities, and guides you through all the Menu and Custom Function items to help you set up the camera for your specific needs.

Canon 5D Mark III Experience focuses on still-photography with an introduction to the movie menus and settings to get you up and running with video. Sections include:
  • Setting Up Your 5D Mk III - Explanations of all of the Custom Function settings and Menu options, with recommended settings.
  • Auto Focusing Modes and Drive Modes - Taking control of the new 61 point AF system will enable you to successfully capture more sharp images in still and action situations. Learn the AF Modes, AF Area Modes, and AF Configuration Presets and how and when to take advantage of them.
  • Aperture (Av), Shutter (Tv), and Manual (M) Modes - How and when to use them to create dramatic depth of field, freeze or express motion, or take total control over exposure settings.
  • Exposure Metering Modes - How they differ, how and when to use them for correct exposures in every situation.
  • Histograms, Exposure Compensation, Bracketing, and White Balance - Understanding these features for adjusting to the proper exposure in challenging lighting situations.
  • HDR Shooting mode and Multiple Exposure mode - Configure and use these new features.
  • The Image Taking Process - Descriptive tutorials.
  • Composition - Tips and techniques, including the creative use of depth of field.
  • Lenses - Canon lens notations and choosing L series lenses.
  • Photography Accessories - Useful accessories for the 5DIII and for dSLR photography.
  • Introduction to Video Settings - Explanations of the settings and options to get you started.
This guide to the Canon 5D Mark III goes beyond the manual to explain how, when, and why to use the features, settings, and controls of the 5D Mark III to help you get the most from your camera.

As one Canon user has said about Full Stop guides, "I don't know how I could fully take advantage of all the features the camera has to offer without this publication! It's well-organized, easy to understand, and succinct enough to keep your attention while still containing a wealth of information to get the most out of your camera."

Take control of your 5D Mk III and the photos you create!


Editorial Reviews

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What Readers are Saying about Doug Klostermann's Previous dSLR Guides:

Brilliant - just what I was looking for! A manual that was exciting, clear to follow, had examples and was used by a professional who gave just the right amount of technical info with explanations of why you use those settings, when to use those settings and so on...all properly explained. Doug's book is a joy to follow, well thought through and well written. The camera company should be employing Doug to write their cameras manuals!
-Robert D.

A Pro Right There with You - If you want to get the camera up and running with the feeling of a pro right there with you then I would strongly recommend it. He walks you through setting the camera up and gives you his reasoning for the settings. He leaves the door open to change them based on your level of experience. After the basic settings tour Doug then gets down to the heart of this great camera: the custom settings and focus system. His explanation is first class and he explains how various custom settings are related to each other. The focus system on this camera is top drawer and Doug does a fine job explaining what can be a very intimidating area of this camera. All in all a great read.  Camera in one hand and reader in the other and dig in.
-Tim S.

A Must-Have Accessory - What a great addition to my bag. This is a well written, full body of work that explains, in plain English, how to get the most out my new camera. Doug provides the knowledge and experience to bring you to the next level. I look forward to learning more every time I open the book.
-Steven

It's the first guide I've read which has taken me through all the settings in an understandable way. I now feel that I have control over the camera.
-Peter S.


Really Focuses on the "Why"
- I found the (camera's) manual good for understanding how to set things up but not much on the why - this book really focuses on the "why."
-Benoit A.


This manual is a clearly written,
concise and useful explanation of the rationale for the seemingly infinite and often confusing settings options.
-W.L.S.


It's clear, concise and gets to the heart of the camera's multiple and often confusing options. Very highly recommended - for experienced user and beginner alike.
-G.S.A.

About the Author

Douglas Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer, as well as the best-selling author of photography guides including Your World 60D and Canon 7D Experience.

He has photographed for numerous organizations in Latin America and the United States, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. He also lectures and gives individual instruction on digital photography. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Learn more about photography techniques and equipment on his blog Picturing Change at blog.dojoklo.com and view his photography at dojoklo.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 18517 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Full Stop Media (April 3, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007RGWZVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,598 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the way to do it... May 2, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you've purchased the 5D Mark iii, the chances are you already have some familiarity with camera concepts and basic functionality. Either that, or you have way too much money to spend and a propensity to jump into the deep end of the pool. Even so, and in either case, do yourself a favor and get this book. Klostermann does a superb job of first giving you an easily comprehensible view of each function from 500 feet, and then delves down just enough to give you what you need to get going. This contrasts with the User's Manual which is, as usual, impenetrable. Hemingway once said that the trick to writing a novel was "knowing what to leave out", and the same is true of an "overview" camera primer. The author could have gone into much greater detail, but it would then have become a different and less valuable book.

Here's my suggestion: With camera in hand, sit down and go through Klostermann's explanations, one by one, from start to finish, fiddling with your camera as you go along. Then go out and take some pictures. Try things. You will find, over and over, that you can't quite figure out how to do something, but you know it can be done--because you read about it in Klostermann's book. You know it sounded easy, but you... just... can't... quite... remember.

Now go through the book a second time, start to finish. It doesn't take that long. By the time you're done that second time, you'll start to be taking real control over the things that, after all, you paid all that money for.

In fact, now you'll actually be able to get something out of the manual, other than a headache.

I have the Kindle version, which I really like--but not on a Kindle. I use the Kindle App on my Samsung 10.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I bought this book yesterday in anticipation of my new 5d Mark III which arrives on Wednesday. I worried that I might be buying a superficial ebook rushed to "print" to take advantage of the fact that there are no other books available.
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I was pleasantly surprised. Easy to read. Easy to follow. Most important, unlike the Canon manual, when the author goes through the features of the camera he suggests settings choices with good explanations for his choices. He also does a very nice job explaining the complicated focus system for this new camera. Lots of substance to this ebook.

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Since writing this review, I received the camera. I am very thankful I ordered this book. It was detailed and very useful in setting up the camera and understanding its features.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
After reading through the Canon Owners Instruction Manual a number of times, I read the Canon 5D Mark III Experience. It is a very good accompanying book, as it provides a deeper look at most of the functions and features of the camera, and some useful recommendations on how to best set certain functions/features. The book also discusses photography principles and how to apply them when shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III. Photographs are used to illustrate how certain features/settings work. I think it is definately worth the money. I would have given it a 5 star rating if it had gone into to more depth on video, but the title clearly states the book is about Still Photography.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By Paul
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book. I read it during my vacation on my iPad without having my camera around. It didn't bore me for one second. I highlighted the important paragraphs in one color and did the same thing for the proposed settings... But in another color. This way, after coming back home, I browsed through the book again to adjust all my camera settings just looking for the one specific color highlighted in the text. It worked wonderfully well and I must say the proposed settings are really a great way to get started. This book is so much better than Canon's own manual which doesn't give you any examples. I wish books like this would exist for many other items.
Thanks Douglas for having this book published so soon after release of the Mark III.
Best regards
Paul
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gives you both the how and the why July 27, 2013
By Karen
Format:Kindle Edition
Doug Klosterman did an absolutely terrific job with this book about the Canon 5D Mk III. He not only tells you how to use each of the camera's features, but more importantly, why you would want to use each of the features. I purchased the book not long after getting my 5D. At that point I had dutifully read through the Canon manual, which certainly did tell me how to use the camera's features, but gave me no clue as to why I'd want to use any of them. Doug's book was a godsend, giving me the why for each of the camera's features. After finishing the book the first time, I felt like I had a good understanding of the 5D, but I continually go back to refresh my knowledge of features I don't use as often. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone with a Canon 5D Mk III.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely Helpful May 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an extremely helpful guide to the Canon 5D3 camera and complements Canon's own guide very well with better descriptions and recommendations for many features, especially for the Auto-focus capabilities, custom menus, navigation of the software, camera buttons and the Auto ISO feature. As a professional changing over from the Nikon D-700 and previous Nikon systems, it helped me to understand the features of the camera better, know where to tweak things for my own shooting style and ultimately be able to use the camera more effectively than would have been otherwise possible. My advice is to buy it right away and use it alongside the Canon Manual.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It is infinitely better than the Canon manual
Doug Klostermann's Canon Mark III is masterfully written, conceived and organized. It is infinitely better than the Canon manual. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Mark Weiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Informative
Informative and maybe a little repetitive on the basic functions
Published 17 days ago by AF Litschka
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money
Disappointing. Canon manual more helpful. Bought it due to reviews. Waste of money.
Published 19 days ago by Claudia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must have if using 5d for first time.
Published 20 days ago by Susan Leuci
5.0 out of 5 stars I appreciate how the author explains things in detail in an easy to...
I'm still reading this book and I'm goin back to it as a reference. As a beginner in photography, I appreciate how the author explains things in detail in an easy to understand... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Chris Kent
5.0 out of 5 stars Do Not Hesitate to Buy This Guide!
I found Douglas Klosterman's guide to the Mark III to be precisely what I needed, particularly with respect to the auto focus issues. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathleen J. Silbernagel
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Overview of Camera's Features
This guide does an exceptional job of walking through the features and functions of this amazing camera. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S&J Weatherford
5.0 out of 5 stars This book has significantly improved my photography with this camera.
I have read this book a couple of time front to back and continually re-read various sections to improve my photos. Read more
Published 6 months ago by slacker b
5.0 out of 5 stars The best guide I have found.
Answers every question I had. Comprehensive and well-laid out with clear diagrams. The writer is clearly experienced in teaching and imparting knowledge about photography with a... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard Cranbrook
4.0 out of 5 stars essential reading for new owners.
Good guide on canon focusing system and necessary even if you are only up-grading. I found explanation of back button focusing confusing as it is covered partially in two... Read more
Published 6 months ago by tamunuesi
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Douglas Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer and the author of best-selling dSLR camera guides including 'Canon 5D Mark III Experience' and 'Nikon D810 Experience.' He has photographed for numerous organizations in the United States and Latin America, been recognized by the United Nations Development Programme for his humanitarian photography, and been published in magazines and books including Conde Nast Traveler, Sherman's Travel, South American Explorer, and Viva Travel Guides. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA). Learn more about photography techniques and equipment on his blog Picturing Change at http://blog.dojoklo.com and view his photography at http://www.dojoklo.com.


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