Canon 5D Mark III Experience - PDF version

Take control of your Canon 5D Mark III and the images you create!

Canon 5D Mark III Experience is a PDF e-book user's guide and tutorial to help you learn to use your EOS 5D Mk III to its full potential.

This is the PDF version. EPUB and MOBI versions also available.

Canon 5D Mark III Experience - The Still Photography Guide to Operation and Image Creation (PDF Version) is an e-book user's guide and tutorial that goes beyond the manual to help you learn the features, settings, and controls of this sophisticated and powerful camera, plus when and why to use them in your photography. Written in the clear and concise manner of all Full Stop guides, Canon 5D Mark III Experience can help you learn to use your EOS 5D Mk III quickly and competently, to create the types of images you want to capture.

Take control of your camera, the image taking process, and the photos you create!

As one Canon user has said about Doug's 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."

This instant download Canon 5D Mk III book is for dSLR users ranging from experienced to enthusiast:

For experienced photographers coming to the 5D Mk III from the 5D II, 7D, 60D, etc., this guide explains the new and advanced features in order to quickly get you up and running and taking advantage of these capabilities, including the sophisticated new 61 Point Autofocus System and all 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 5D MK III Menu and Custom Function items in order to help you best set up the camera and its controls for your specific shooting needs.

This instant download Canon 5D Mk III e book is also designed for intermediate dSLR photographers who wish to take fuller advantage of the capabilities of their camera:

  • Go beyond Auto+ and Program modes and shoot competently in Av, Tv, and M modes.
  • Take full advantage of the sophisticated 61 point autofocus system.
  • Learn how, when, and why to use the various controls, buttons, and features of the 5D Mk III.
This guide builds upon the information provided in the manual and explains essential settings and information to help you get out there shooting in the real world. This PDF e book can be read on your computer and printed on your printer, or transferred and read on an iPad, Android, or other tablet, Kindle, Nook, or other eReader.

You can preview Canon 5D Mark III Experience at the following link. The preview shows the Table of Contents and Introduction, sample 5D Mark III Menu Settings pages, Custom Functions pages, Camera Controls pages, and sample text pages.

Canon 5D Mark III Experience not only covers the various settings, functions and controls of the Canon 5D Mk III, but also explains when and why to use them for your photography. The guide 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 EOS 5D Mk III Custom Function settings and Menu options, with recommended settings for practical, everyday use. These settings are a significant part of what makes the 5D Mk III such a unique and powerful camera. Set up and customize the advanced features to work best for the way you photograph.
  • Auto Focusing Modes and Drive Modes - The new 61 point 5D Mark III autofocus system is a revolutionary upgrade for the 5D line, and taking control of it will enable you to successfully capture more sharp images, especially in action situations. Learn the AF Modes, AF Area Modes, and AF Configuration Presets, how they differ, how and when to take advantage of them to capture both still and moving subjects. Also how and when to use focus lock and back-button focusing.
  • Aperture Mode (Av), Shutter Priority (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 of the Canon 5D Mk III - How they differ, how and when to use them for correct exposures in every situation. Also how to make use of exposure lock.
  • Histograms, Exposure Compensation, Bracketing, and White Balance - Understanding and using these features for adjusting to the proper exposure in challenging lighting situations or for capturing a range of exposures to combine into HDR images.
  • HDR Shooting mode and Multiple Exposure mode - Learn to configure and use these new features of the 5D Mk III.
  • The Image Taking Process - A descriptive tutorial for using the settings and controls described in the guide to take photos of still and moving subjects.
  • Composition - Brief tips, techniques, and explanations, including the creative use of depth of field.
  • Lenses - Explanation of Canon lens notations and choosing L series lenses.
  • Photography Accessories - The most useful accessories for the 5D Mk III and for general and travel photography.
  • Introduction to Video Settings - Explanations of the settings and options to get you started.

This digital guide to the Canon 5D Mark III is a 190 page, illustrated PDF document that goes beyond the 5D Mk III manual to explain how, when, and why to use the features, settings, and controls of the 5D Mark III to help you get out there shooting in the real world.

What Readers Had to Say about Doug’s Previous dSLR Camera Guides:

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. Be warned you should be above a beginner in dSLR understanding before diving in and this probably would not be your first dSLR camera. It is not a point and shoot read. I am on my third read through and still absorbing and tweaking. Thanks Doug....just what I was looking for. -Tim S.

Doug Klostermann is a travel, culture, and humanitarian photographer dedicated to documenting the work of international aid organizations, as well as the author of best-selling dSLR camera guides including Canon 7D Experience and Your World 60D. . 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. Doug is a member of the National Press Photographers Association. Learn more about photography equipment and techniques on his blog Picturing Change at and view his photography at

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