Multiple exposures

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers a multi-exposure mode that is easily accessible via the 'Creative Photo' button to the left of the camera's LCD monitor. It allows you to blend between 2 and 9 exposures in one single images. You've got the option to only save the end result or all images including raw files, so you've got the option to composition the images again in post-processing, using customized blending parameters.

You can either select an image that is already on your memory card and then take one or more shots to combine it with, or you can take all shots to composition in one go. You cannot blend two or more images that are already saved on the card.

The EOS 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode offers a variety of parameters. You can blend between 2 and 9 images and have a choice of four different blending modes.

The samples below demonstrate the blending modes available for the Canon 5D Mark III's multiple exposure mode. Image 1 was taken and saved on the memory card. We then took four pictures of the same scene (Image 2) and each time used a different blending mode - Additive, Average, Bright and Dark.

Image 1
Image 2

Picture Styles

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers six Picture Style color response presets, shown in the table below.


These presets can be applied prior to image capture via the Q-menu or the Picture Style button, or when converting a raw file in-camera. There is also an 'Auto' setting which automatically picks the best style for a given scene and three user definable settings.

Within each of the Picture Control options you can make adjustments to sharpness, contrast, saturation and hue settings.

In-camera raw conversion

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III comes with a fairly comprehensive in-camera raw conversion mode. You can pick any raw file on the memory card and modify the following parameters: brightness, white balance, picture style, ALO, noise reduction, image quality and size, color space, vignetting correction, CA correction and distortion correction. The latter can only be applied to images this way as it is not available while taking an image. Once you've selected your settings the new image is saved onto the card.

The 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion offers a comprehensive set of parameters.
The image above was converted with the EOS 5D Mark III's in-camera raw conversion. On the left you can see the out-of-camera JPEG, taken at default settings. For the right image we converted the raw file and in the process changed the Picture Style to Monochrome, increased contrast, applied a Green filter and added a Sepia tint.

Silent shooting

For 'noise-sensitive' situations the Canon EOS 5D Mark III offers various silent shooting modes. In these modes the Canon's shutter sound is significantly quieter than in the standard mode which is, compared to for example the Nikon D800, not particularly loud anyway. The more silent shutter actuation is achieved by slowing down the shutter and mirror reflex action and as a downside there is a slight increase in shutter lag and viewfinder blackout time.

Silent shooting modes are available in the menu for live view shooting... ...and in the Q-menu or via the drive mode button in standard shooting mode.

In Standard shooting mode you can select the 'Silent single' and 'Silent continuous mode' via the drive mode button or the Q-menu. The latter mode captures images at the same rate as the 'Continuous Lo' mode - 3 frames per sec. Below you can download MP3 sound files of the Silent and Standard continuous shooting modes.

Continuous Lo shooting mode - download .mp3 (68KB) here
Continuous Silent shooting mode - download .mp3 (79KB) here

When shooting in live view the sound generated by pressing the shutter button is quieter as the mirror does not need to be moved but in addition you have a choice between two LV silent shooting modes which can be set in the LV-tab of the shooting menu.

In Mode 1 the shutter sound is only marginally quieter but the camera shoots in the drive-mode that is currently set, i.e. you can shoot at 6 frames per second in 'Continuous Hi'. In Mode 2 you can suspend any further camera operation after an image has been taken by keeping the shutter button pressed. In a very quiet shooting situations you can therefore keep the button pressed until ambient noise increases and the camera sounds will be less noticeable.