Canon 5D Mark III Experience - Douglas Klostermann

Canon 5D Mark III Experience

By Douglas Klostermann

  • Release Date: 2012-05-22
  • Genre: Photography
4 Score: 4 (From 31 Ratings)


Canon 5D Mark III Experience 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, now updated for Canon 5DIII Firmware 1.2.1, will help you learn to use your 5D Mk III quickly and competently, to consistently make the types of images you desire.  Take control of your camera, the image taking process, and the photos you create.

The e-book is designed for experienced photographers coming to the 5D Mk III from previous dSLR models, as well as intermediate and enthusiast dSLR photographers who wish to take fuller advantage of the capabilities of their camera.

Canon 5D Mark III Experience focuses on still-photography with an introduction to the Movie Menus and settings.  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 autofocus 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 5D Mk III and for dSLR photography.
-Introduction to Video Settings - Explanations of the settings and options to get you started.

As readers of Canon 5D Mark III Experience have said:

Extremely Helpful Guide to the Canon 5D3 and complements Canon's own guide with better descriptions and recommendations for many features, especially for the auto-focus capabilities, custom menus, and camera buttons.  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.
-Barry M

Well Written, Detailed enough to answer questions that were not well covered in the manual, and full of helpful suggestions about camera setup and use. I was planning to buy one of the (other 5D Mk III) books when they came out, but I don't intend to now. This book is the only guide I need.
-Pat L.

Simplifies Without Technical Jargon - The author has the unique ability to explain in very readable, easy-to-follow directions how to operate every facet of the Canon 5D Mark III.  This is definitely worth purchasing as a companion to the Canon 5D Mark III and the camera's manual.


  • Excellent Guide to the 5D Mark III

    By crb595
    While the Canon 5D Mark III Manual is certainly comprehensive, it is not exactly user-friendly. It tells you all you need to know about the camera, but not exactly how best to use all of its features and custom functions - particularly the 61 point autofocus system. That is where Doug Klostermann's Guide shines. It is perfectly organized, providing the information in the most logical sequence. I loaded this onto my ipad and with camera in hand went through all the chapters and sections applying Doug's recommendations and testing various settings and shooting scenarios. His chapter on autofocus is worth the price alone. Highest recommendation.
  • Canon 5D Mark III Experience

    By On Thunder Road
    I found this to be an excellent guide to the Canon 5D Mark III. Moving up from the 5D Mark II, I was not as proficient with the new menus and features. This book provided a very clean, concise explanation in a logical sequence. I particularly liked that the author went through each setting step by step, with a picture of the specific menu item. As an example, I learned that I was using an enhanced auto focus feature incorrectly. I wouldn't have figured this out on my own, and the description of which setting to use for certain shots was also very helpful. I read the e-book on my iPad, with camera in hand, and it saved me a great deal of time searching the web for answers to my questions. I'm now anxious to see the results of having a better understanding of how to use this great camera.