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Introduction to the Canon 5D Mark II ; vol. 1: Basic Controls Training DVD by Blue Crane Digital

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Basic Controls
  • For new 5D Mark II owners, and photographers moving up from a point & shoot camera
  • Provides an introduction to the most important features and controls of the 5D Mark II
  • Explains the different shooting modes, focus options, and metering
  • Demonstrates video shooting, Live View, and flash basics
  • Subjects are organized by chapter, so you can learn at your own pace
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Take great pictures with your Canon 5D Mark II! All you need is this training DVD and about 90 minutes, and you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence to create the images you want. The topics are arranged in chapters, so you can move at your own pace, and return later to individual subjects. Topics include: • Creative Auto • Shutter priority • Aperture priority/Depth of field • Depth of field preview • Focus alternatives • Metering • White balance/Color temperature • Playback and image review • Live View shooting • HD and SD video • Exposure compensation • Flash basics • Custom functions introduction • Programmable buttons • Info button • Composition • Self timer • Picture Styles • And much more! The Canon 5D is a powerful piece of equipment. A solid understanding of its features and controls can really unleash its potential. Once you learn how the camera’s components work together, you’ll have all the tools you need to capture the best images under all conditions. This DVD is intended for photographers moving up to a Digital SLR from a Point and Shoot camera, or new 5D owners who would like a basic introduction to the camera and an overview of the most important controls. Also look for Volume 2, which covers more advanced topics. Format: NTSC video, All Regions Running time: 80 minutes

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Introduction to the Canon 5D Mark II, vol. 1:  Basic Controls Training DVD
Take great pictures with your Canon 5D Mark II!  All you need is this training DVD and less than 90-minutes, and you’ll have the knowledge and the confidence to create the images you want.  The topics are arranged in chapters so you can move at your own pace and revisit individual subjects.

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Discover the settings that have the most impact on your shooting

Topics include:
  • Creative auto
  • Shutter priority
  • Aperture priority/Depth of field
  • Depth of field preview
  • Focus alternatives
  • Metering
  • White balance/Color temperature
  • Playback and image review
  • Live view shooting
  • HD and SD video
  • Exposure compensation
  • Flash basics
  • Custom functions introduction
  • Programmable buttons
  • Info button
  • Composition
  • Self timer
  • Picture styles
  • And much more!

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Learn how to capture the best images in a variety of settings
The Canon 5D is a powerful piece of equipment.  A solid understanding of its features and controls can really unleash its potential.  Once you learn how the camera’s components work together, you’ll have all the tools you need to capture the best images under a variety of conditions.

This DVD is intended for photographers moving up to a Digital SLR from a point and shoot camera; or for new 5D owners who would like a basic introduction to the camera and an overview of the most important controls.  Also look for volume 2, which covers more advanced topics.


Format:  NTSC video, All Regions
Running time: 80 minutes


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Style: Basic Controls
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001R6789M
  • Item model number: zBC123
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,170 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: January 31, 2009

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By RainKing422 on August 13, 2010
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First let me start by saying I wanted to give this 3 1/2 stars as it is a solid video with lots of good information. I have both this volume and the first for the 5D Mk.II and I thought the first video was a really good introduction to the basic controls of the camera and how the controls affected different aspects of one's images. The 5D has a lot of menu choices though and the more advanced features simply wouldn't fit in the first video as well.

I assumed, logically, that the advanced features of the camera would be explained more in depth in this second video and that the video would take its time covering these options for the duration of the entire video. Essentially I expected both volumes to serve as a video version of a camera specific user's guide. What the second volume is in reality is 50% exploration of some of the 5D and 50D camera advanced settings and 50% discussion of non-camera specific photography/lighting/and image processing topics. One section of the video, for example, spends a good deal of time covering color profile settings in image processing software and the importance of managing color for a consistent image across different mediums. Another spends a lot of time demonstrating the use of gels on a flash or a light box to create different lighting effects. It seemed like about half of the video was a variety of non-camera specific topics such as this, and the sections that did deal specifically with specific camera settings were often glanced over quite quickly (though not all). There is still a good bit of content in the custom functions that were never looked at.

Now, as I said, the content is good content but covering color profiles as much as they did, as an example, was not what I expected in this video.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 21, 2009
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The best DVD on 5D Mk II to date, forget "Elite Video," (lacks depth - amateur), or "A Short Course.." (Still a great overall guide - but lacks 5D Mk II depth). "Blue Crane Digital" provides more insights that are hands-on tools you will use in the field.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By jeri on July 5, 2009
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I bought this DVD and sat down with camera in hand while viewing it and I learned more from this video that I ever imagined I could. It is so well done and easy to follow explanations of the camera's controls. You will quickly learn how to set the controls to get the most out of this amazing camera. I give it five stars because I don't think you will find any thing that will help you more than this DVD. It will be the best $20 you ever spent to help you with this camera!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Evans on May 30, 2009
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I've owned a quite a few of the Canon EOS digital cameras and had great results so moving up to the 5D Mk II was not a unique experience for me but on a flight to Singapore I went through the Volume 1 Basic Controls DVD and learned a lot. The instruction is clear and well paced. Looking forward to Volume 2.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Darren on January 2, 2012
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there are reviews on here saying if you need this video you shouldn't own a 5D. ok 5D snobs... you have a point. But there are some of us who came to owning a 5D from a different career path or other way than the professional photographer. I had been using a Rebel Xti and then T3i, and upgraded to a 5D not realizing how different it was. This video was EXTREMELY helpful for me to get acquainted with the camera. Along the way, there was a lot of review of basic photography concepts anyone who knows how to shoot manual would know, but review isn't a bad thing, and the "tour" of the settings and how to use them I found very helpful and worth the review of what I already knew. I also got the 2nd video too.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pablo on January 7, 2011
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Generally, it's a disappointing instructional video. Much of the time we see the close-up shot of a host who speaks quite fast and in a flat manner, showing he doesn't understand the subject he is reading about off camera. No pauses to stress the importance of some information, it's really confusing and the information is even better explained in Canon's Instruction Manual. There is only one section where a professional photo technician talks knowledgeably about color and printing, making the subject very understandable, and he is the responsible for the two stars I gave to this video.

Almost all topics included in this video are not "advanced" at all. But, even though, you could've made a better product by including professional photographers as instructors. Not readers.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guy Ivie on December 9, 2010
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I ordered this DVD at the same time I ordered my 5D Mark II. I was concerned about a big learning curve, switching from an Olympus E-520 with a completely different layout and menu system. Turns out this was one of my better ideas. In a very short time, I was comfortable enough with the 5D2's control layout and menuing system that I was able to operate in manual mode on my first outing with the camera, and didn't spend a lot of time fumbling for controls. The instruction is clear and easy to understand. The instructor speaks clearly. The order of presentation is logical. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brenda L. Hall on April 21, 2010
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Being able to watch the instruction with my camera in hand has been a big help to me in learning my way thru the camera menu. Not only does this DVD show you where to make the changes it also shows why you want to use certain settings.
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