Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 13/25 - Shooting Menu Overview


Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start


Lesson Info

Shooting Menu Overview

All right folks, it's time to dive into the menu of our camera and so this is where you'll wanna have you're little printout and as I say, I'm a very visual person and if I am lost in the menu, I have been known to, pull open the PDF, so that I can scan over cause I can hunt and find words a little bit more easily when it's all on one page. And we're gonna go through my recommendations, kind of a good starting point and then some of the other great options in there. So let's go ahead and get started with menu functions of the 5D Mark IV. Obviously all of this is accessed through the menu button on the camera. Items are organized into six different tabs and cannon has done a reasonably good job keeping things organized where they would logically fall in these areas, so we're gonna go through these one at a time. Now to navigate your way through you can go left to right turning the top dial, you can go up and down selecting the different items, and with the back dial. And if you hit the ...

Q button, you can jump very quickly from tab to tab, so if you're trying to make it a long distance in the menu system, you can go very quickly, using that Q button to go from tab to tab. You need to be aware of where your mode dial is. I told you that the scene intelligent mode, that a+ auto mode had child safety locks. Well it locks you out of a lot of features of the camera and so for at least this portion of this class, you definitely want to have your camera in one of the more manual modes so that you can get into the full menu. That way you will have all of the options available to you. As we go through the menu, just kind of one thought, I'd think of all the different items on this list and they fall into three categories. The first category is, it's not gonna make any difference to your photography, just a little quirk on there, changes something and it's gonna have no impact on the way you shoot. You don't need to worry about those. There's the second group that you're gonna wanna adjust from one setting to the next and then you're done. It's gonna be fine and you'll never have to go back to it for the rest of the time you own the camera. And we're gonna do a lot of those, it will be better if you switch this over here. And then there's a third category, which I would imagine for most people might be in the handful of a half dozen to a couple of dozen items, that you're gonna wanna come back to on a regular basis. Keep track of those, because down at the bottom of the list, we go into my menu, where you can store some of your favorite settings. So some people as they go through class will put a little star by items that are especially important or they want to access on a regular basis. And if you have a relatively limited number, you know, a couple dozen, we're gonna be able to store those at the very end so that you don't have come hunting for them, throughout the rest of the menu system. Let's start off here with the shooting menu. So these are features that control the shooting and image quality of the camera. Very first item, perfect, image quality. The most important thing about the setup of the camera is are you shooting raw or JPEG, in many cases. So for most serious photographers, they're going to shoot raw cause they want to get all the information coming of the sensor. Some people find JPEG's much easier to work with and are perfectly appropriate for some situations. Perhaps you're photographing a sports team and you're giving everybody on the team copies of the photos. They don't wanna deal with raws, they're gonna take JPEG's and they're gonna be perfectly happy with it, because they can post on their websites and on the internet and wherever they want, very, very easily, without having too large a file size. And so in here, you can choose raw, you can choose JPEG, you can also use raw plus JPEG. Now I don't recommend that unless you have specific needs. If you're serious and you download your raws, you can create as many JPEG's as you want later on. But there are cases when you need immediate JPEG's, right away out of the camera and that would be a good time to shoot raw plus JPEG. And so, as we go through the class you're gonna see my recommendations and in gray are my general recommendations and in red are my advanced recommendations. Potentially for a more advanced photographer, somebody who's just a little bit more in to that particular aspect of using the camera. You'll see this on screen and in the PDF as we go through the class.

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.