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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 23 of 25

WiFi Demo


Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

Lesson 23 of 25

WiFi Demo


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WiFi Demo

All right, another big one, the Communication Settings. So this is gonna deal with Wi-Fi communication on the camera as well as FTP transfers. We've got a little video to walk us through some of the basics of this, so let's go ahead and take a look at that video. All right, let's talk about the Wi-Fi capabilities of the camera. This is what allows us to communicate between the camera and a phone and we can use our phone as a remote viewing and triggering device. In order to get this to work, we need to to a little button pressing and menu adjustments on both of these devices, so first off, on my phone, I'm gonna dive in, to my Set Up Menu, page four, where it's under Communication Settings, and I am gonna turn on my built-in wireless settings and my Wi-Fi is currently enabled, but I need to go down here and tell it how I want to connect up and what I want to connect up with because there's printers and computers and other things that you can hook up with. I want to hook up with the p...

hone, so I'm gonna click on okay there, and then I'm gonna hit connect down here. Now I need to go over, and I'm gonna turn on my Wi-Fi, and hopefully, ah-ha, there it is. EOS5D4, that is my camera's Wi-Fi signal and I will make sure I select that. Okay, so now we're connected up, but I need to then go in to the Wi-Fi function from Canon called the Canon Camera Connect. That app is opening, that's something that you can download free on all the app stores. It said the E was not attached, but now it does say down here that it is attached. And so now I can click on remote live view shooting. My camera flips in to its live view mode, and I can see exactly what's going on with my phone. Now, the issue is, is I need to get the camera where I want it to be, so I need to do a little bit of climbing so if you'll pardon me, I need to climb on this play set, which I haven't done in a very long time. So, just a moment. Okay, so, Jake, it's your turn. Why don't you ... climb up here and get up on the net. Sure. And ... I'll figure out where I want you to be. Okay, so first thing is, I need to get myself out of the image, so I have a number of controls here. Basically I have a focus here, so I can make sure that I'm focused on him. And so lay down right there, let's just go ahead and take a test shot, see how this looks. Shooting, so that's one shot there. Let me have you do 180. This way? Yeah, yeah. I know you're gonna be kind of inclined backwards, but it looks good on the camera, and that's really the only thing that matters. So it's looking a little bit on the hot side, a little bit on the bright side, so I'm gonna see if I can jump into exposure compensation and I'm gonna adjust this down just a little bit to make it darker, there we go. So there's a little bit of adjustments that we can do. We don't have control of everything on the camera, but we do have some controls that we can get into. So if we want to, we can get in and I can change the aperture value. I can change the ISO, I can do exposure compensation. And ... All right. Let's have you cross your legs. There you go, just like you're nice and relaxed up in the middle of nowhere. Okay, this is not a fantastic shot, but it's fun to shoot. And so why don't you stand up now and get your face kind of close to the camera. If nothing else, it's just fun to watch him struggle around up there. (laughs) Okay, so yeah, that one rope you're holding onto, you need to be down a little bit lower. That looks pretty good. So look like you're climbing up. Actually, I liked it when your right hand was up on, yeah, reaching up. Right, okay, bring it down. I want to be able to see your hand in the frame, so bring your hand down a little bit. Okay, and I'm gonna shoot this one. A little bit higher with the hand. I have a little bit of a time lag, so bring it up higher. And, right there. Okay, good. And I think we got something interesting there. All right, so it's not the greatest shot in the world but it shows you what you can do because this would be virtually impossible for me to do on the top of this structure, so you can put the camera someplace unique, you can get adjustments and you get to see exactly what's going on in the frame. And so I think this is a creative tool that some people are just gonna have a fantastic fun time with. I know I am because I love doing this crazy, stupid type of stuff. All right, so you can see that's a lot of fun and that's definitely something that has been coming around the photographic world for the last few years and it's nice to have it on a 5D camera. So let's dive into some of these menu settings and we'll talk about some of the setup and some of the things that you need to do to have this. All right, so we're gonna dive in to the built-in wireless settings. And the first thing is, is having the Wi-Fi which is very similar to the NFC which can be very easy to hook up with those devices that have that. Normally, I leave this turned off. I do not want this draining the power of my camera because it does drain the power more quickly. That's a Wi-Fi signal in your camera, transmitting, draining the battery. You only want to do that when you really need it. In the Wi-Fi function, you get to choose on how to set it up. Now, we're not gonna go in on how to send it straight to a computer or to a printer, right, but, it can do all of those things. Most of us are wanting to connect it up with our smartphone. The basic tools are triggering the camera, viewing through the camera, but we can also download from our camera to our phone, so we can email and upload photographs from there. And that doesn't matter if we were using the phone at the time when we shot the photo. We could be taking pictures, go sit down in the restaurant, hook up Wi-Fi, and start looking through our phone, at all of the images on our camera itself. And so this can be used in multitudes of ways. And so you'd want to go into the smartphone and there's gonna be a number of steps and I apologize in advance for this slide. This is the most cluttered slide, but I wanted to put all of the steps on one slide. There are things you need to do with your phone, and there are things you need to do with your camera and this is the order in which you need to do them. And for all of you who buy this class, remember you get this as a PDF and so you can just print this out. So the first thing you need to do is, you need to download Canon Camera Connect. That's the Canon app, all right? That's free from all the app stores. Next thing you need to do, and you saw me in the video doing this, is I was going into the camera, and I first went into the Wi-Fi functions, I enabled it. The first time around, there's a few extra steps as it's learning who its neighbor is, you might say. There's a nickname, you've gotta tell that you're connecting up to the phone, and then you hit OK several times in a row, and then it gives you an encryption or a password which is a bunch of numbers. You input those numbers on your phone, make sure your phone is Wi-Fi on, and that you go into the Wi-Fi signal and you select ... the EOS5D4 Wi-Fi signal. And that's just gonna be wherever your Wi-Fi is. On an iPhone, that's in your settings. You're gonna open the camera app, that's the Canon Camera Connect, and then it's gonna show you the camera, that's gonna, like, list a camera, and you just tap on it to select it. After that ... You need to go back to your camera to kind of give it another OK, just say 'yes, I want to connect up with this phone.' And then you go back into the phone, I know, lots of steps, back and forth, and then you can open up the Canon app or application and you can look at either images on the camera and so if you just want to look at things, you can go into the remote shooting operation, which is what you saw me doing in the video, and you can go in and change a very few camera settings on the camera itself. So there's not a lot that you can do on the camera settings, and my guess is that, down the road, as we go into the future, Canon Camera Connect is gonna have lots of changes. It's already had lots of changes since we first saw it on the Canon 6D, which was the first camera to have it. And so they might have a new app, they might have new versions of it, so this is likely to change in the camera going forward. But a very useful device, but I have found that it is a heavy toll on batteries in the camera and on your phone. And so this is something you don't just inadvertently leave on thinking there's no consequences to it. So once you have this turned on, you can go back into Wi-Fi functions and you can disconnect it, if you want to, and so if it was, you could go in and disconnect it. You could confirm the settings and there are five different pages which show you information that I have no personal need for but if you wanted to see what it was connected up to and channels and so forth like that, that information is there if you need to figure out what that is, and then if there is some sort of problem, there'll be a page for errors that may have happened. I haven't seen that come up on my camera yet. If you want to send images to the smartphone, there's a couple different ways. One way is to be on the phone and just be scrolling through your images and picking an image to download. You can come to the camera and you can choose images and kind of forcing it from the camera so you can either pull it from the phone, or you can push it from the camera, they both have the same impact. It just depends, would you rather work with your phone or camera, and different people will have different answers to that question. You can choose a nickname. It's the EOS5D4 which works perfectly fine for me but if you want to have a special nickname, you can input it right here. And if you want to clear all the settings, you know, you're getting a new phone or you just want to clear all the settings out, you can clear it all out right here. And so that's ... all of the Wi-Fi. Now, FTP transfer settings is gonna be dealing with tethering your computer, so if you want to hook your camera up to a computer so that when you shoot, it's downloading images to your computer, that's what this whole section is about and I'll just warn you right now, we're gonna go kind of briefly through this. This is not how a lot of people are shooting, but tethered shooting is quite popular for certain people in the studio so they can see immediately, on their computer, what their images are look like, and this controls the transfer of all of those images. Normally you would leave this disabled unless you are specifically using it. You can go in and choose the type and size of photos that you are sending, and so in some cases, you want to be sending out the full resolution image. In some cases, you just want a smaller or a larger JPEG image, depending on how you are using that viewing device. And so, as I say, we're not gonna spend a lot of time on here, but you can choose which images and how big of images are being sent over. You can choose how to send them over. You can choose only to send them when you press the SET button on the back of the camera which could be nice for you. That way not everything is filling up that pipeline. And then there is basically a communication between the computers and the camera and you can go ahead and load this information from one to the other. And so once again, not something a lot of people are using, but can be very, very helpful in certain types of photography. And so that is the FTP transfers and all of that is buried under Communication Settings on page four in the Set Up Menu. Page five the Multi function lock on the back of the camera, the Lock button, as I mentioned before, has the opportunity of locking the dials, the joystick, the touch screen, and you can choose what that dial locks. And so it depends on how you use your camera and how often you use that lock feature and how often you bump dials and features of your camera. The custom shooting modes one through three, we talked about this at the top of the class. What you do is you set your camera up exactly the way you want it to work in one of these three modes. You then come into custom shooting modes, little sub-menu, and you will register the settings as either C1, C2 or C3. And then when you dial that in, your camera goes back to those settings no matter where it was, in, with any other settings on the camera. If you want to clear these out, you can clear the settings from any particular one. And here is the tricky one, and this is where I have a hard time, is, let's say I have one setup for birds in flight, all right? You know, certain focusing pattern, certain ISO, and everything, and I'm shooting with it, but the shooting situation isn't quite right, I'm in a little bit lower light, I need to bump the ISO up. Do I want the camera to automatically update that as the new standard for that custom shooting mode? Well, no, in this mode, I just want to bump it up this one time, I would leave this disabled. If you leave it enabled, it's gonna constantly be adjusting and updating that custom mode as you make changes in your, as you're in that mode. And so, that's a very important setting if you plan on using those custom modes. And if you have not been paying attention for the last two and a half hours, you can clear all the camera settings on your camera and start back, factory fresh, from this, from this. And that, I think, oh, we've got a couple more. That's right. Copyright information, this one is pretty cool. This is a place for you to put your name in your camera. Now, granted, it's not the definitive way to put your name on your camera, but I'm guessing that if your camera was stolen, now, first off, the main reason it's here is that this gets added to the metadata of your photographs. Who is the author and creator of this photograph? So if you output a JPEG image through your phone or something else, and somebody uploads it on the Internet, they could look into the metadata and see who the author is, and who the original photographer is on that, or at least which camera it came from. But I think the secondary little use of this is that if your camera is stolen, you have your name in the camera. You can prove it's your camera at least to some degree. I don't know if it's gonna work legally or not, but you can say, hey, dive in there, my name is on that camera. And it's a little bit of proof that you've had that camera. And so you can enter copyright information. You can enter your name, you can add in your email address. If somebody wants to be honest, let them get in touch with you. And so here is where you can enter that copyright information in. With the touch screen, this information is a lot easier to enter than on previous cameras. And of course you can delete everything, when you want to get rid of all of it with one swift stroke. There is a logo that shows you things that it's met, which is just wonderful. And then the firmware version. Firmware is, of course, the software that runs the camera, and Canon periodically will come out with new software. In fact, on this one, they updated it from one point zero zero to one point zero two. They've made some small bug fixes or enhancements in some ways. In some cases they make major changes which they have done on previous 5D cameras and 7D cameras where they give you whole sets of new features. But you have to go back to Canon's website to figure out how to do this, and so that's well worth your time and effort. All right, final big section is Custom Functions and a lot of these are the types of things you'll set once and you will never come back to again. All right, Exposure level increments can be in one-third or one-half stops. Most cameras these days are in one-third. Works pretty good for most people. That's where I'm gonna recommend it. ISO speed setting increments can be changed from one-third to full stops. Some people don't use the third stops and they want to more quickly navigate from low to high ISO, so I think that works pretty good for most people, but a lot of people just leave it at the third stops. When you are shooting bracketing, do you want the camera to stop and quit shooting bracketing after you've shot a series of photos? For the occasional bracketing photographer, leave this turned on. If you are shooting a whole series of photos, at one and again and again and a new bracket series and a new bracket series, you would turn this off so that your camera keeps you in the bracketing mode.

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.