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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 14 of 25

Dual Pixel RAW Demo


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 14 of 25

Dual Pixel RAW Demo


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Dual Pixel RAW Demo

Alright this is a biggie, Dual Pixel RAW so this is the first camera to have the Dual Pixel RAW and I'm gonna go through some of the details in the menu system, but we shot a couple of videos out on location, and lets just go ahead and play those videos now and then we'll go through the exact details of it. We moved inside here at Golden Gardens to shoot a portrait we wanna try to use one of the new features of this camera that we haven't seen on previous cameras it's called Dual Pixel RAW. Now, this dual pixel technology was used for enabling faster focusing in video and live view. But the Canon engineers found another way that we could tweak with the information to potentially help in a portrait type shallow depth of field situation. So what we have, is we have a portrait situation here and I'm using an 85 1.2 and I'm shooting it at 1. so we're getting really shallow depth of field. And I'm gonna photograph Jake here and I'm gonna do it incorrectly to see if I can fix it in post prod...

uction. Normally I would focused on the closest eye to me and I'm gonna focused on the furthest eye to see if I can fix that in post production. Now, one of the things about shooting in Dual Pixel RAW which is right here in the shooting menu, the second item on the list, is that we can disable it or we can enable it. First, I just wanna take a normal shot here and then I'm gonna go ahead and turn it on. Because one of the downsides of using this particular feature is the file size. And you can see our first image here under normal shooting conditions is a 30.6 megapixel image and when we turn on Dual Pixel RAW it's 57.9 megabytes so it just about doubles the size of your files which means less images on a memory card more hard drives are needed and so forth and it is gonna also slow down he shooting of the camera in some cases 'cause you can't shoot in the continuous mode. Let's go in and I'm, as I say, I'm gonna shoot this incorrectly and I'm gonna do this in live view so what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna put our little focusing box on Jake's far eye, this is gonna zoom in really close so we can see this and I'm gonna let the camera auto-focus 'cause it does a really good job and we can see eyelashes in there so I think we're doing pretty good. And so lets go ahead and shoot the picture and then I'm gonna double check it to make sure that this is indeed focused slightly off. And so as you can see, his left eye is in focus we can see those eyelashes really carefully and we wanna see how much we can move it because we have the near eye out of focus. Now, if we could fix this, that would be a magic bullet of photography, but we'll see when we get in post production. Alright folks, we're back in the studio and we're gonna take a look at the Dual Pixel RAW capability. So I have my portrait that I purposely shot slightly back-focused. That's the image we have on screen, we're once again using Canon's Digital Photo Professional 4 software. And what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna zoom in so I can get a real good look on the eye here. And you can see that I have focused on his back, or his left eye and I wanna see if I can move it a little bit. So what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna open up tools and start Dual Pixel RAW optimizer. Takes a moment for it to load up in there 'cause these are large files. And let's go ahead and zoom in so we can get a good look at his eye here. Now, over on the right hand side we'll have a check box for image microadjustment. So we can choose either the microadjustment the Bokeh shift, or ghosting reduction on this but right now, we're working with image microadjustment. There will be a strength indicator down here at the bottom and for those of you who are knowledgeable about sharpening in photoshop, this is very much like that or at least, somewhat like that. I'm gonna set it on 10 just so that we can see as much difference as possible in this example. And then we have a front to back slider right here. I'm gonna switch it all the way to the back and if we look at the photo while I move this how much change do you see? It's a very, very subtle change going back and forth from one extreme to the other. There is a little difference and maybe to see this difference a little bit more clearly might be easier to see this in Lightroom. I also have the images loaded up in Lightroom using their comparison tool so let me get this a little bit more full-screen. Now over on the left you have the original image. Now, this is a RAW image and it's a little bit flat and a little bit de-saturated so the color is a little bit different because I've had to export JPEG's from the Canon software. So on the left side we have the original RAW and on the right side we have it focused towards the front side. And lets go to the back and I'll go back and forth between the front and the back. Now, if you notice the out of focus eye goes way out of focus when we shift the focus backwards a little bit. The place that the camera seems to be focusing on slightly adjusts. But I think it is so small of difference that I really don't find pretty much any photographer really being able to make good use of this. I think if you take that original image and you just sharpen it a small amount it's not too much of a difference. It's a technical happenstance that they figured out that they could do this. I think they wanted to put it out there so us photographers could play around and see who could make use of it. Now, whether they can expand the range so that I could actually focus on the correct eye that would be nice in the future. It may be difficult from what I know about the sensor at this point. And so it's an interesting little tidbit of what this camera does but I think for practical purposes and the limitations that it puts on you while you're shooting it can really kinda slow things down with that double the file size problem. And there's very little impact in post production. So its something I'm gonna recommend turning off for about 99.9% of the users out there. But feel free to give it a try and see if it makes a difference in your photography. So let's go in, just in case the video did not show it clearly, I loaded the photos into Keynote here so that we could see what's going on. And this image microadjustment we're gonna zoom in take a close look. You know, on further analysis of what it's doing, this is the standard shot, let me go to the next shot. Front focused back focused and if you look at the out of focus eye, I will jump back and forth here, so look at the out of focus eye and you can see how it goes more out of focus when it's to the back. So it looks like the software is un-focusing if we can use that term, some of the areas to make it give you the illusion that you are moving the focusing. But I'm really not noticing any difference when it comes to movement of it. And I think we're gonna go to the next video, which has to do with another feature of the Dual Pixel RAW. Dual Pixel RAW isn't just for that micro-focus adjustment, we can also use it for Bokeh shift. And what it does is it collects information from the left side and the right side of each pixel and then we're gonna be able to move that back and forth in post production. And what that allows us to do, is it adjusts the background slightly it changes our perspective, you might say, a little bit. We've got Jake here in the trees it's a very good three dimensional environment here so I think this might make an interesting portrait. I've just got the camera set up in live view, I just wanna do this nice and simple. He's standing out from the background. Okay, Jake, there you go, you're posing. That looks fantastic, yes. You can tell I'm a great portrait photographer here. In any case, what this is gonna allow us to do is we're gonna go into post production into the Canon software and we're gonna be able to tweak the way the background looks in subtle amounts. From there we'll see if that makes any big difference in this type of shot. Alright, well we're back in the studio and we're gonna look at the Bokeh shift capabilities of Dual Pixel RAW. What I have open right now is Digital Photo Professional from Canon, it's their software for viewing and working on images. And I have an image that we shot with the Dual Pixel RAW. In order to work on it, what I'm gonna need to do is go up to the tools tab and about fourth item down is called start Dual Pixel RAW optimizer there is a keyboard shortcut as well. What we're gonna be working with is the Bokeh shift. You'll notice it takes a moment to load up in here. As I mentioned before when shooting this, these are very large RAW files in here. So if we turn on the Bokeh shift, we have the option of shifting it to the left and shifting it to the right. Now, it does take a bit of time to process these two images and it's a little bit slow, or at least my computer's a little bit slow in running this back and forth. So what I've done is I've already processed this image and turned it into a file that I've loaded up into Lightroom so we can go back and forth. So let me go ahead and get this full-screen for you. Alright, so this is the left image and the right image. and I'll go back and forth between the two of these. And so you can see there's almost a 3-D effect and, you know, as I said before, I don't think this is what the Canon engineers were trying for, I think they kinda discovered it after they developed this and it's kind of a... Unintended consequences of the way this came out and I don't think most people are gonna have a great need for this. But it is an interesting feature and I'm sure that there are some people that will be able to make a creative use of this. That is the Bokeh shift capabilities. And so, left and right, you can leave it in the middle. It's an interesting little quirk of this feature of this capability in the camera. Not something I think everybody's gonna be using, but give it a try, see if you can find any ways that can help some of your photographs. Okay, and so just in case you wanted to see it again, we have our standard shot here left right and so it is a weird 3-D image in some ways. Now, a final one that we didn't go into in the video is a ghosting reduction. And this one I just was not able to get working in the way that I thought it should work. And so this is with ghosting reduction off and then I turned it on and, boy, that looks like it's adding ghosting not turning it off, and so it adds a very unusual ghosting to some highlight areas. And so I did not extensively test it in every imaginable scenario and so this is something that you may need to go in and try and see if it works for you. It's some interesting stuff, but I can't say that I know of a lot of people that I'm gonna recommend turning this on 'cause doubling the file sizes and as I say it slows the camera down to five frames per second and there's many restrictions. You can't do multiple exposures with it, you can't to HDR with it. It's just interesting, but I think Canon maybe shoulda kept this under wraps... I know they wanted to throw something else out there. But if somebody can make great use of it, I'm anxious to see, expand my horizons. Lets figure out how we can use this. It's got potential but I just don't know that it's there yet. Am I clear enough? Turn it off (laughs) lets turn it off folks.

Class Description


  • Leverage the new customized viewfinder and quick menu options for superior customization
  • Use and understand the new 4K video recording with frame grab and Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • Use Wi-Fi with NFC and GPS for remote operation and location tagging
  • Understand Canon camera features that cross over to several Canon EOS models
  • Control the camera from the biggest tools to the smallest details


The Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV is a workhorse Canon camera, hauling features from the 30-megapixel full-frame sensor to the 4K video and 7 fps burst speed. But the 5D Mark IV’s long list of features is just money wasted if you don’t actually know how to find them and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo exploring the camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding dual-pixel autofocus.

This class is designed for the photographers using the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the EOS 5D Mark IV is the best Canon camera for you.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is considered one of the best Canon cameras on the market -- but it's no Canon Powershot, which means a big learning curve. The latest updates bring tools that may be unfamiliar even for photographers that previously used an older Canon camera, with several firsts across the entire 5D series. The dual-pixel autofocus allows for small focus adjustments after the fact -- but only if you shoot with the right image format and work with the right software. The 5D Mark IV is the first Canon digital camera to incorporate FlexiZone Multi autofocus, a new setting inside the powerful updated dual pixel CMOS AF system. The updated viewfinder has new warning signals and custom controls. And of course, there’s that new 4K shooting.

This Canon camera class covers the camera from understanding the controls to customizing the menu.

What's packed in this Canon camera Fast Start? Learn the vital information in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


Individuals who own or are considering purchasing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


John Greengo has led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. The award-winning photographer is one of the most celebrated CreativeLive instructors, leading classes covering a myriad of topics, including the previous Mark II and Mark III 5D cameras. Greengo has used the 5D series since the first 5D. He's led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV


  1. Class Introduction

    Just how wet can you get the dust and drip-resistant 5D Mark IV? Besides the Canon EF lenses, what lenses work well with this camera body? What about third-party flashes and batteries? Greengo walks through some of the biggest questions for the 5D Mark IV in the class introduction.

  2. Photo Basics

    If this Canon camera is your very first DSLR, pay attention to this quick crash course on camera basics, like how a reflex camera works, the difference between a full frame CMOS sensor and an APS-C, and exposure basics. If you're not scratching your head at the terms aperture and shutter speed, then go grab a coffee or skip this four-minute lesson.

  3. Camera Controls: Mode Dial

    Jump into the camera's controls with an overview of the digital SLR camera's control scheme. Then, explore one of the camera's most important controls, the mode dial. Learn the controls from C1 to Av, along with features like bulb mode and exposure compensation.

  4. Top of Camera Controls

    The top of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV is a rather daunting slew of controls. Greengo walks through why that control seemingly did nothing (hint: there's a unique-to-Canon active button), how to control two features with a single button, and the six main controls that are going to determine if you nailed that image quality or if that exposure and white balance were all off.

  5. Viewfinder Display Overview

    A quick look in the viewfinder displays most of the vital shooting settings, but with Canon updating the intelligent viewfinder options, even seasoned Canon photographers may not know exactly what icons are there and what they mean. Learn what's in the viewfinder, what viewfinder tools you can customize, what viewfinder warnings to look for, and yes, how to get that viewfinder looking sharp (it's not your eyesight, it's the diopter.)

  6. Play Back Menu

    Sure, clicking that arrow button to move through the photos you shot is easy, but what about using dials to flip through images quickly, new touchscreen controls, or rating images so that same rating pops up in Lightroom? Learn it all with the nitty gritty on the play back menu.

  7. Live View & Movie Modes

    A DSLR's autofocus system functions in an entirely different way when using the Live View on the LCD screen instead of the optical viewfinder -- Canon's solution to the slower autofocus performance in Live View is the Dual Pixel CMOS AF. That dual pixel system delivers several of the camera's biggest features, so Greengo takes students out on a real-world shoot to demonstrate how to use the feature, what Dual Pixel CMOS AF can really do, and what it can't so you don't wind up looking at soft photos. The same feature is also essential for shooting video.

  8. Autofocus Options

    The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV has more than one way to focus --- the tour of the camera continues around back, where Greengo walks through the different autofocus options and how to adjust each one quickly. Learn not just what each autofocus option does, but what the camera will default that focus to in each scenario.

  9. Quick Menu Overview

    The quick menu saves you from digging deep into the camera menu. The quick menu also creates easy touchscreen access to a number of different controls, including file format, how those images are saved to the SD and CF cards, and picture styles.

  10. Left & Right Sides of Camera

    Advanced digital cameras like the 5D Mark IV tend to have several ports -- so what is each one for? Greengo walks you through the different ports, along with making sure those CF and SD cards are compatible and ready to shoot.

  11. Bottom & Front of Camera

    The bottom and front of the camera are often overlooked in most guides -- but that's where features like the depth of field preview and the option to add an accessory to plug the camera in the wall to shoot time-lapses for days are hiding.

  12. Canon 5D Mark IV Lens Options

    The Canon 5D Mark IV can use any EF lens -- but what lenses are the best options? Greengo walks through the lenses with high-end features to match the high-end body.

  13. Shooting Menu Overview

    The camera's menu is where much of the customization options come in -- and much of the confusion. Greengo walks through the shooting menu basics.

  14. Dual Pixel RAW Demo

    A missed focus is traditionally one of the mistakes that simply can't be fixed in post -- but Canon's Dual Pixel RAW can. See a shoot using the feature, an edit, and learn how to use Dual Pixel Raw.

  15. Shooting Menu Options

    Did you know you can fix a lens vignette on every JPEG photo taken with that lens by just adjusting one setting? Walk through the full shooting menu controls to find the hidden gems alongside tools you'll recall often.

  16. Timelapse Video Demo

    Thanks to a built-in intervalometer, the Canon 5D Mark IV can shoot time-lapses in-camera without accessories, unlike the Mark III. Learn how to use the new feature and see that intervalometer in action.

  17. Live View Shooting

    Live view can be an excellent tool -- especially when you have all the controls. Learn how to get the screen to show an accurate exposure, work the touch controls, and more.

  18. Movie Menu Overview

    The movie menu is hidden until you activate the right settings -- learn how to bring that menu out of hiding and what all the movie options mean.

  19. Auto Focus Menu

    Many photographers don't realize that, besides the autofocus modes, you can tweak the way your camera autofocus decides what to focus on. Learn how to tell the camera what subject is most important and how fast that subject's motion changes for a much more accurate autofocus.

  20. Playback Menu

    Don't skip the playback menu -- here's where you can transfer images from one card to the other, rate photos for faster culling later, and more.

  21. Setup Menu

    Every new Canon EOS 5D Mark IV owner should spend some time in the setup menu configuring the camera to their preferences -- Greengo walks you through what's what, from setting up the CF and SD cards to customizing the screen.

  22. GPS Demo

    The 5D Mark IV has a GPS built-in, which can geotag all your photos by location. The settings are key to accessing the feature -- and turning it off for locations that you don't want to be shared.

  23. WiFi Demo

    Wi-Fi is another first for the 5D series -- and opens up possibilities for easily sending images to a smartphone or tablet as well as turning your phone into a remote control.

  24. Custom Functions Menu

    Two photographers shooting side-by-side with the 5D Mark IV probably won't share the exact same settings -- the custom functions menu is tailored to the way you shoot. Customizing this menu allows you to tackle things from setting limits on exposure settings to customizing the physical controls.

  25. Camera Operation

    Camera settings vary wildly based on what, exactly you're shooting. Here, Greengo walks you through several different scenarios and how best to set the 5D Mark IV to tackle them.


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.