Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

Basic Camera Controls

Alright, let's get started on the main section in the class for the Canon 6D Mark II. In this Camera Controls section we're gonna be going through the camera, all the buttons, dials, and controls. Talking about what they do and how to use them. First off, let's start with some Basic Controls. Obviously we're gonna want our camera turned on anytime that we're using it. When we turn the camera on, the camera has an automatic system that knocks dust off the sensor. And so it's trying to keep that dust away from the sensor. Any dust on the sensor will appear as black spots on the final photograph and there are ways of cleaning it that I'll explain later on in the class. Shutter release is obviously there for taking photos but the camera also likes to go to sleep to conserve battery power so you'll need to press down on that to wake the camera up if it's in its napping mode. The Main Dial on Canon cameras is the top dial on the camera used by your right index finger. And so, changing shutte...

r speeds, a variety of settings for focusing points, in the menu system you'll be able to use the main dial for a lot of different options the camera has for you. On the back of the camera we have the Quick Control Dial, which will be used for changes apertures and a variety of other settings. Sometimes the Main Dial and Quick Control Dial do exactly the same thing. Sometimes they do complimentary things. Just inside the Quick Control Dial is the Multi-controller. And this is a way for you to navigate up, down, left, and right for changing focusing points, moving through the menu system and a few other systems as well. And so, you gotta have kind of a careful placement of your finger to make sure that you're hitting this and not turning the dial. We also have, in the middle of that, the Set button. And this is kinda like the enter button on a computer. Anytime you wanna confirm a setting in the menu, you're gonna hit the Set button to highlight and lock that particular feature in. If these are not working for you, you may wanna check the Lock switch because this can sometimes get bumped easily. Canon put a Lock switch on the camera and so if you hit that with your nose because you are left eyed and that's where your nose is when you hold it up to your face, you can lock that off so that you don't hit those dials and those buttons in there. Normally I'd keep that in the lower position so it's unlocked so I have access to it as you will probably want to have, at least during the portions of this class. We're gonna start on the Top Deck of the camera, here. And obviously we wanna talk about the Shutter Release. We're gonna take photos here but when we press half way down it starts the Metering system, it starts the Auto-focus system, it's gonna wake the camera up if it was sleeping at all. And if you were in the Menu system and you were doing something else in one of the menus, pressing halfway down on the Shutter Release instantly kicks you back into the shooting mode. And so anytime you need to escape where you are just so that you can take a photo, just press halfway down on the Shutter Release and that'll immediately kick you out of there. Press all the way down to go ahead and take a photo. So be aware that it's a two stage device. Now when you do press down halfway it does cause the camera to auto focus. Now there are many more advanced photographers who wanna separate auto focus from taking photos. They wanna focus with one button and they'll take pictures with a different button. That way they can recompose the camera. And so if you wanna do that, I'm gonna be giving you a shortcut here as well as I will be, in other parts of this class when you wanna go ahead and jump forward to do some sort of customization. And so, in this particular case, if you said hey I wanna try this back button focusing option by turning off the focus in the Shutter Release you need to go into the Custom Func. menu. So you'd hit the Menu button, navigate to Custom Func. menus, there's three groups of them there. And so you wanna go into group 3, Operations/Other, number four within that, Custom Controls and then you will be able to go in and you will be able to customize the Shutter Release button so that it does not auto focus. Now, if you don't wanna jump ahead, if that all seems a little to complicated for you. Not to worry, we're gonna cover that when we go through the Menu section in the second half of this class. Anytime you see one of those boxes just be aware that if you wanna stop the video and jump ahead and make that change in your camera, you can do it right then or we will eventually get to it when we go through the Menu System in the second half.

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  • Utilize the 6D Mark II's feature set for Vlogging
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

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 Nikon D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.



  • Always enjoy all of John's classes, but especially this one since I've decided to upgrade from my previous 6D. Awesome camera and this one is so much quieter than the older one. Thank you for explaining things in terms and ways that are easy to understand!
  • This course covers the controls and menu features of the EOS 6D Mark II in extremely comprehensive yet understandable detail. John Greengo is a polished presenter with a very real depth of knowledge which he manages to put over in ways that mere amateurs can comprehend. I would thoroughly recommend this class to anyone who already owns or is about to purchase a 6D Mark II. I purchased the class during the first 15 minute break after only watching one quarter of the full presentation.