Class Overview


Canon® EOS 80D Fast Start


Lesson Info

Class Overview

Alright folks, this is the Canon 80D and this is a class that we are gonna be going over all the buttons, all the dials, all the menu functions, covering all the features of the camera. We will be concentrating on those controls that are most important for highest image quality, and we're gonna be really looking closely at those manual controls, while spending less time on some of the automated things. But we're gonna be pretty much covering everything in this class, in this camera in this class. So let's take a look at what we're gonna be doing in here. So I've broken the class into different parts. We're gonna start with a little overview for those of you who are new to the Canon system. We'll cover some photo basics for those of you who would like a little refresh on some basics. And then we'll get into the good stuff at camera controls. If you know all about your camera already and you wanna just jump ahead to the good stuff, the camera controls is probably where you wanna get to '...

cause that's where we go through all the buttons and dials and everything on the camera. Then the menu functions and it sounds a little tedious, is where we're gonna be going through the menu system line item by line item. And we're gonna be talking about what each of the functions do and where I'd recommend setting them for different types of operation. And finally, we'll kinda wrap this all up in camera operations where I'll give you my recommendations for overall setups on the camera and what I would do for different types of scenarios. Now one thing to note for people who have bought this class is that there is a PDF download on this class, and this is one of the things that I like to do when I first get a camera is I break down the entire menu system to see what is in there and where is it. I'm a very visual person so I like to be able to have everything on one page so I can simply scan it and see where it is, and how I might wanna set it. And so this is something I've done for you and this is a PDF, and on the first page I have the entire menu system with all my recommendations for different settings. On the second page I have a blank one so that you can put your own recommendations or your own settings in there. And then on the next pages I have recommendations for different types of settings for different types of photography. And so that comes with the purchase of the class, and that'll be very handy in the second half of this class. So as I say, for the first part I just wanna do a little overview for anyone who's new to Canon or who's maybe stepping up from one of their smaller, lesser cameras into this camera to give an idea of where this sits in the whole system. Now with this camera comes a very large instruction manual, and it's gonna have a lot of information that's gonna be valuable beyond what is in this class. We're gonna be covering all the things that are most important. There's a number of things that you can do. For instance, you can hook this camera up to a printer and you can tell it how many prints and what size print you wanna make. And we're not gonna really dive into that particular area. And so if you wanna know a specific stat, if you wanna know about some of those other things in a little bit more depth, there will be some extra things in the instruction manual that we do not cover in this class. And if you're wondering about lighting and composition and all those other things to do with photography, yes they are critically important but we don't have time to talk about 'em in this class 'cause we're gonna be focusing specifically on this camera. I have a couple of other classes available here at Creative Live, whether you want kind of the quick version or the full in depth version. If you are interested in learning more about photography in a very visual style, you might wanna take a look at those two classes. And while I'm, oh there we go, okay nevermind, I was thinking we were going someplace else. Alright so Canon history, Canon's been around for a long time. They started with little range finder cameras, they started getting into single lens reflex cameras in 1959 and they kinda started on the low end of things. They were kind of on the most affordable, and then they went more professional as they got a little bit better at what they were doing. And then everything changed in 1987 when they introduced their first auto focus camera. And it was a big change 'cause they had to change their lens mount, and so if you have the Canon 80D you can use lenses all the way back to as long as they're the auto focus EOS mount lenses. And then they finally came out with their first digital camera in 2000, and this was the D which the 80D is a direct descendant. It's the tenth generation you might say from that camera. So one of the best things about being in the Canon family of equipment is that there is a large number of cameras, so if you wanna step up or you want a smaller camera, there's gonna be a choice. There's lot of different lenses and there's a very complete flash system for you to choose from. And so that's usually why Canon is the first recommendation for most people, it's just get to that because you can move up and down the line and get just about anything that you might want. Now as far as the 80D itself, it kind of is what we call a mid level camera, it's not entry level, it's not professional, it's kind of right in the middle of the line of cameras. And as I'd mentioned before, it started with the D then they moved the D after the number and this is the tenth in the line. In many ways the camera hasn't changed in size that much, it hasn't really changed in the target audience of who this camera is designed for. And I thought it'd be kind of fun just to quickly jump back in time and look at the original D and compare it to our 80D that we have today. And so we've had 16 years of time that have passed, we've jumped up quite a bit in megapixels from three to 24 so the resolution is notably better. How fast can you shoot frames per second, has a little bit more than doubled. And the built in RAM memory, how much we can shoot in any one burst, has gone up quite a bit we can see there. The viewfinder has increased to professional standards you might say, and we have seen remarkable improvements in the ISO so being able to shoot under low light conditions has improved quite a bit on these cameras. The focusing system has also gone through quite a bit of development and improvement there. And very interesting on the price, it has become about one third the price the D30 was and so we're getting so much more, but times have changed and that's a good just kind of window as to how much they've changed in that period of time. Alright so if you do get into the instruction manual, there's gonna be a whole bunch of warnings about really ridiculous things that you are not supposed to do with your camera that I think are all pretty obvious, just don't be stupid with it. But a couple of questions that people do have that I think are good legitimate questions is about the weather proofness of the camera, and so specifically the camera is not waterproof and can not be used underwater. It doesn't really have the seals that some of the upper end Canon cameras have, and so you do need to be cautious around salt spray and waterfalls and rainy days and any place that you're gonna get water. It's not that a single drop of water is guaranteed going to ruin the camera, but it could stop it from functioning and if that does happen, try to get it out of the wet environment as soon as possible, and open up all the openings on the camera, pop up the flash, take the lens off, take the battery out, and just try to put the camera in a warm, dry environment and hopefully everything will dry up and be fine. If not, it may need some warranty work or non-warranty work as is the case may be with Canon. The other thing is that Canon does not warranty the camera if you are gonna be using non-Canon accessories. And there are times when I would use non-Canon accessories. For instance, Lexar or Sandisk memory cards work perfectly fine in the camera, not a problem at all, there are many different brands of lenses that are gonna work just fine on the camera and are not gonna cause any problems, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina are just a few of the other brands that will work just fine, but they may be a feature or two within the camera that doesn't work because it's an off brand system. I do generally recommend Canon flashes, it's not so much for the fact that it will not damage the camera, it's just ease of functions and communication. It just does a really good job. And you do probably wanna be fairly careful about off brand batteries for the camera. It's possible that they may work and not cause a problem at all but for a little bit of extra money it's probably a pretty good idea to stick with the Canon brand of batteries. So let's make sure your camera is ready for today's class. You wanna charge and install the battery that takes about two hours. You should get around a thousand shots, but that'll greatly depend on exactly how you use your camera. You wanna have a lens on it, you'll need a memory card in it turn the camera on, make sure the switch on the lens for auto focus is put into auto focus so that we can focus easily. And just to start with, you can put your camera into the green A plus mode which is the simplest, most automated mode, and go ahead and take a picture. I'm gonna do that myself. Turn the camera on, got it in the A plus mode, and we're gonna take a picture of our huge audience today. And we got things working out just fine on this camera. So our cameras are ready to go.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Canon EOS 80D with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features.

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this fast start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to understand and use the autofocus system for great photos
  • How to incorporate video into your shooting using the 80D’s advanced video capabilities.
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 80D’s settings to work for your style of photography.


Ashley McCarrick

I bought an 80D so I could have a good all-around DSLR and I was thrilled to see that John just did this class. This is my 3rd class of John's and it was just as great as the others. I now understand what each of the menu settings means and which ones are the best for me. John is an excellent instructor, no matter what your photography skill level is. Thanks, John!

Justin Brodt

Awesome class!!! First watched "How to choose your first DSLR camera" and decide on the Canon EOS 80D based on my needs and what I want to accomplish in the future. I have ordered the camera but have not recieved it yet but I still watched the class. Even though I didn't have the camera in hand I feel that I have a good understanding and feel for it already. The class is very informative and I would advise it to anyone who plans to or has purchased this camera. Great job John!!! Thanks for sharing your knowledge with all of us.

Scott Ace Nielsen

I just purchased my Canon 80D and also this course, and I am so glad I did. It is truly a perfect virtual owners manual that I can watch any time. John Greengo is am awesome presenter and this is the second course of his that I have purchased so far. ..Well worth the cost, thank you!