Canon® EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start


Lesson Info

My Menu

The final little section in here is called, "My Menu" and this is where you get to customize "My Menu" because the menu does have an awful lot of items. It's got about 150 different items in there and nobody uses all of them all of the time. Everybody's going to use a small grouping of them and this is where you can go in and customize just the items that you use on a regular basis. So, what you would do is you would go into "Add My Menu" tab and you can add a menu tab and you can name it and then you could add items to it. And then what you want to do is display from "My Menu" tab and what will happen then is when you hit menu, it'll always go back to that custom menu. Let's do a little demo and I'll setup a camera here to have a little bit of a custom menu. So, when I hit the menu button now, what happens is it just goes back to the last spot that I happened to be. And what I want to do is I want to get over here to "My Menu" tab and I'm going to add a tab and let's go ahead and add ...

a tab. Alrighty. And let's configure this tab. What do we want to do here? We want to select items to register. Let's select some items to register. We can add image quality. Okay. Let's just come down and see if we can find some interesting items in here. Let's do exposure bracketing. That sounds kind of interesting. We'll add that in there. Let's go ahead and add a white balance in there. And let's add one more. We'll just come down. You see there's a long list of items in here. So, let's just set histogram display just for kicks here and say, "Okay." So, now we're going to hit the menu to back out of this and we can come down here and rename the tab. Alright. So, if we want here, we can delete. I'm going to use the touchscreen. Well actually, I'll come back here and let's see if I can delete these items in here. And so then what I can do is I can come in here and give this a particular name and so let's. L A N D S C A P This is my landscape tab and I'm going to hit menu for okay. Okay. And so now, when I hit menu. Actually, let's see if I've got this set right. Let me come over here under "My Menu" tab display. Oops, wrong button. Got to be careful about what button you hit. Menu display. Display from "My Menu" tab. Now, when I press menu it immediately goes to "My Menu" here in the green and I have two tabs. The last tab is always kind of the control and organizing tab and then I can have, I think five tabs of my own and I can give them my own names. So, I might put everything of landscape nature in here and then I could put portrait in another, sports in another, video in another and if I want to I can go in here and I can configure the landscape tab. One of the things I can do is I can sort the items. Let's say I thing histogram is more important and I want to bump that up a little bit. And I want to take image quality; I don't adjust that very often and so, I'm going to put that at the bottom of the list. And then I'm going to take exposure compensation and move it down a spot. And so I can organize it however I want. I think I can have six or seven items in here. Probably six items in each tab and I will be able to have five different tabs and the last one is always about organizing all of those tabs. One of the other options you may have seen here is display from "My Menu." You can also have display only from "My Menu" which means it completely locks out all the rest of the menu items in here. I still want to be able to have access to that, so I think display from "My Menu" tab is going to be good for a lot of people because you'll be able to add in here about 30 of the most commonly used items. And if you go through the sheet that I gave you and the recommended settings which is going to be in the class materials part of this tab at CreativeLive; you'll find that there's maybe a dozen or two dozen items on here that you're going to want to come back to on a regular basis. And those ones that you use on a regular basis, put in "My Menu" and don't waste your time searching through the menu for those things. Have them at your fingertips; easy to get to.

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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!
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