Playback Menu


Canon® EOS 80D Fast Start


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

Alright. So, we are in the midst of the menu system. We are going to continue our menu functions. We are now looking at the Playback Menu and we're not going to spend too much time here because there's not really anything great here that we need to worry about as far as capturing great images. We'll have some just control when we're playing back our images. So if you want to protect images to prevent them from being deleted you can do so in here. And there's a number of little paramaters that you can use to choose which ones Be reminded that even though you protect an image, you can still format the memory card and delete the image. So it's only a very light level of protection on them. If you need to rotate the images, if you're going to be doing a slideshow, you can rotate your vertical images so they can be seen on TV's. You can erase images which is fine you can use the garbage can button on the back of the camera, the trash can. And that's kind of an easier way but if you do want ...

to delete a lot of photographs, it is a little bit easier to go in here in the Select and erase options because you go through and simply select individual images and you'll erase once for all of them. But if you do have a lot of images that you want to erase, you should probably just download the card and then format the card. There are many photographers who recommend against erasing because that's communicating between the card and the camera that may cause a problem. And so there are some slightly paranoid photographers who never delete a photograph on their camera at all. They will only reformat their cards. And so it just depends on how high of standards you want to have for having that sort of communication but it's not something that I would encourage doing a lot of. You can hook your camera up to a printer if you want. And in here it's going to allow you to set your various parameters as far as what size of print and how many prints and so forth. So we're not going to spend much time but there is more information in the instruction manual about how to do that. You can also set up essentially, different albums for creating books outside of the camera For uploading to the internet. And we're not going to spend much time in here either. You can add Creative Filters to images that you have already taken and so if you have already taken a photo but you want to add one of these filters onto it, you can do it after the fact and it will create a copy of that image. It will never ruin an image. So, if you have a good looking raw image that you want to play with, not to worry, that raw image will not be altered. It will be a copy that will be created. The RAW image processor, I'd mentioned this briefly when we had looked at the playback in the quick menu. If you have a raw image but you just want a small JPEG so that you can pull it off the card really easy because you don't have the right software with you perhaps, you can do that here. And you can control some of the parameters of doing that so, not something you use a lot but it's good to know that you can do it in the camera. You can also do Cropping on an image which will create a copy of an image. Not something that I would recommend I would prefer to do it in a computer but once again, it can be done in the camera. Same thing with Resize. You can rate and image, as I said. Great way to spend time that you are currently wasting in an airport or some other place. A computer is a better place to do it but if you've got no other place it's not a bad place to start. You can connect your camera to a TV and you can do a slideshow and this controls the parameters of the slideshow. It can be fun to do from time to time. This one's kind of nice. It's the front dial on the camera. It will allow you to jump very quickly forwards and backwards and so if you've taken lots of photos and you're trying to find something that's way at the other end of the grouping, you can change more quickly by having that jump but you can go in and have it change different parameters. Perhaps you want it to jump by a hundred images or by day, or by movies, whatever system works best that you quickly want to jump between can be kind of nice. I know one time I used this to jump to star rated images and what I did was I'd taken a couple thousand photos in the day and I had some time to kill so I was rating some of my images two star images and by the time I got back home I was able to hand my camera to somebody else and say "Here, just dial through and you get to see all the two star images." And so, just a quick way to see the highlights of what that particular event was. Third page in the Playback Menu, Highlight alert allows you to see the blown out highlights of an image that you've shot where you've got the incorrect exposure, perhaps. And so what this does is it blanks areas in white and black that are overexposed. And so this is something that I think is very, very handy but it's also a very ugly way to look at your photographs. And so it's something that you may only want to turn on if this is something you're really in need of. I think something that may help new photographers to SLR photography with focused tracking and sports. This will show you which focusing points were active and being used in that particular photograph. For most of us we kind of can guess which ones were being used and we just want to take a look at the image. And so normally I would recommend disabling this but to learn how your camera works, you might want to enable this for the first several times that you shoot photos. When you play back images, we've talked about these Playback grids and these are the ones that come up when you play an image back. And so if you want to look at it for compositional reasons you can do it. I find this probably the least useful of all the grid options that we've seen so far in the camera. We have some different options on the Histogram We can do a brightness display which is just kind of all the colors mounded together. Or we can see the individual color channels. I much prefer the RGB because I want to be able to see the individual color channels and I think the colors are really pretty.

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!