Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 13 of 25

Shooting Menu Overview

 

Canon® EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 13 of 25

Shooting Menu Overview

 

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

AFTER THIS CLASS YOU’LL BE ABLE TO:

  • 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

ABOUT JOHN’S CLASS:

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.

WHO THIS CLASS IS FOR:

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

EQUIPMENT USED:
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Lessons

  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.

Reviews

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.

Teri
 

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.