Camera Operation


Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start


Lesson Info

Camera Operation

Camera operation. We've gone through hundred of different features on the camera. How do we actually use the camera out in the field? What are we doing? First off, we're getting ready with our camera. We're ready for a big shoot. We're gonna make sure we have charged batteries, we've got formatted memory cards, we've got our image quality set where we want it. We've gone through and checked to make sure that our cameras have not been left in some funky mode. And if we're taking a trip, we're gonna make sure that our sensor is clean. We don't wanna have a dirty sensor for an important shoot. The other camera has hundreds of features but there is a few basic ones that we really use. It's really these nine basic settings which all have controls on the outside of the camera. On the final two pages of the PDF, that is what is going on here. These are the main settings on the camera. Let's look at how we would set this camera up for different types of photography. The first type of photograp...

hy we're gonna look at is just really simple, basic photography. Almost just giving a camera to somebody who doesn't know what they're doing so they can take very, very simple photos. In this case, I like the program mode. It's fast, it's easy, yet it still allows us to get into the menu system. I'm not a big fan of auto ISO but under the super simple category, it's gonna work just fine. Gonna make sure that exposure compensation is at zero, auto white balance should be good in most situations, focusing with one shot is pretty good for general situations and the focusing area is looking at all 61 focusing points good for basic situations and then the drive mode in single as well. Let's look at a few different types of scenarios. Landscape photography, we have subjects that are not moving that we want lots of depth of field on. Ideally, this is being shot from a tripod. You'll have time to get the exposure set right which is why we would shoot with manual exposure. My first setting would probably be with the Iso to the lowest setting which is 100 on this camera. Chances are you want a bit of depth of field so eight, 11, 16, 22, something in that range. With the shutter speed, that's not nearly as important. It often ends up being a slower shutter speed which is why you often end up needing a tripod. A pretty good second choice on this is aperture priority, setting a similar aperture. White balance at auto unless something just doesn't look right to you with the images you're shooting. You're subjects are not moving so it's the one shot mode. The single-point so you can be very precise about where you are focusing. For the drive mode, you could choose single. You could also use the self-timer there as well if you're using the cable release. The single would work just fine. Next up is portrait photography. Here we're gonna shoot with shallower depth of field. We need to be aware of our shutter speeds for our movement hand holding the camera or our subjects moving around. I prefer to be in manual. I'm gonna often wanna shoot with shallow depth of field, 1.4, two, 2.8, depends on the situation. I want a shudder speed of 125th or faster to stop my handheld movement and my subject's movement if they happen to be moving around a little bit. I prefer to be at ISO 100 but I will raise it if necessary. Auto white balance is good for most of the time. I'll adjust as necessary. As long as my subjects aren't moving around too much, I'll leave it in the one shot mode and I wanna be very precise about where I focus on their eyes so I will choose the single-point auto focus system. And in general, a single shot at a time usually does just fine. Another common type scenario is action photography. Sports, dance, wildlife. Lots of situations where subjects are moving towards you or away from you. Clearly shutter speeds and focusing are gonna be more important here. I do prefer manual exposure. I wanna choose a shutter speed fast enough to stop the action as necessary. This is where lenses that have a 2.8 aperture or faster really come into play and are very handy. I prefer to be at the lowest ISO but I'm always seemingly at 400 or higher. I'm gonna keep it in auto white balance and the important setting in my mind is focusing set on AI servo. This is where it is tracking the focusing towards you and away from you. With subjects like that, you often need a little bit larger of a zone in which to focus which is why I like the zone AF which is a nine point focusing. The other larger ones also work quite well. You'll probably need something more than a single-point on that one. And that's of course where we're probably gonna turn on the high speed continuous and shoot at around seven frames per second. The final one I'll leave you with is what I call basic photography and this is where you don't know what the next shot is and you kind of want to just have your camera ready for the next available good image to come along the way. In this case, I like a little bit of automation. The aperture value mode does a pretty good job at that. I'll probably have my camera set to a middle aperture if I need more or less I'll dial it in as necessary. I prefer to have my camera at ISO unless I'm thinking I'm gonna be under low light or I need faster shutter speeds and I'll bump it up kind of on an as necessary basis. I'll adjust exposure compensation if necessary but I wanna leave it at zero as a default. Auto white balance is pretty good most of the time. Most of my subjects are not moving that fast and so one shot works pretty good. Focusing area, I'll probably just choose the single-point so I can be very precise about where I'm focused at. And a single shot at a time will do me good in that case. Those are also in the PDF. You can take a look at those and put those in your camera bag and review those later on. But if you've made it to this point in the class, I can say congratulations. You are now a Canon 5D Mark IV expert. In case you were wondering, this is part of my fast start series of classes. If you have another camera or you're in the future and you have some future camera, well there's a good chance that I'm going to make a class for that camera. Canon and Nikon, I'm making classes for pretty much all their interchangeable lens cameras but I also have classes for Fuji, Olympus, Sony, and even Panasonic as well. If you want to know more about any particular camera, we have that available in a fast start class. If you are interested in any of my other classes, I do have those up at Creative Live. I have short classes, I have classes on how to choose your first camera, very long classes, classes on nature landscape as well as travel photography. And the one that I think is a good matching class to this class is the Canon lens class. If you wanna know more about Canon lenses, we have a lot on that particular one. Thank you very much for tuning in and get that camera out there and take some great photos 'cause at this point, it's not the camera, it's you. (chuckles)

Class Description

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is the latest addition to the EOS 5D series, and it includes many new features. If you’ve just opened the box for this camera or are thinking about adding it to your collection, you can get a complete step-by-step walkthrough with John Greengo. In this class you’ll learn:

  • New customized viewfinder and quick menu options for superior customization 
  • New 4K video recording with frame grab and dual pixel focusing 
  • Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS for remote operation and location tagging
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s settings to work for your style of photography.


Ralph Somma

I was reluctant to purchase this course because I already have the Instruction Manual that came with the 5D Mark IV and am committed to reading it in it's entirely. Nevertheless, after watching a preview of the course, I decide to buy it so I could view it at my leisure, pause and rewind it as needed. I am so glad I did. John Greengo's teaching method is clear and concise. He presents the material in a way that makes it interesting and enjoyable to learn. His effective use of visuals and demonstrations makes understanding every important function of the 5D Mark IV a breeze. I look forward to implementing what I've learned, his recommendations and tweaking the camera's settings to suit my own needs and preferences. Now as I trudge through all 600+ pages of the manual, I'm confident I will more easily grasp the camera's 100+ settings and can always refer back to the course if necessary.


First I have to say that I wanted this camera before it was even released. I had taken some of John's fast start courses and I had some questions regarding this camera vs. the 5D mark III and 7D mark II that I was using at that time. I emailed John and got an "out of office/out on location response". I put it out of my mind assuming that when John Greengo was back in the office, he'd have hundreds of emails waiting and my little question would get lost in the shuffle. I was delighted to receive a response a few weeks later. I was even more delighted when he released this fast start course. I did end up buying the 5D mark IV (love it) and had a pretty good handle on using it. This class opened up some new doors in how to use all of the features and customize things to suit my needs. I can never recommend John's classes enough. He explains things in an easy yet technical way that is useful to both beginners and seasoned photographers!

Byron Bastian

I have never watched one of John's courses, I have watched many videos trying to learn info regarding the new 5D Mark 4 Camera. I learned many new important features available with this amazing camera. John rocks as an instructor, his ability to teach in such informative way was very helpful. I would recommend this coarse to anyone looking to better understand this camera as well as to learn more about photography in general.