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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

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Class Introduction

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction


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1 Class Introduction Duration:07:30
2 Camera Controls Overview Duration:06:57
3 Mode Dial Operations Duration:11:57
5 Movie Option On Mode Dial Duration:06:33
7 Manual Mode Dial Duration:02:59
8 Custom Model Dial Duration:02:36
9 Top Of Camera Buttons Duration:06:42
10 Viewfinder Display Duration:08:07
11 Back Side Of Camera Duration:03:40
12 Playback Menu Duration:04:47
14 Quick Menu Duration:13:09
15 Left, Right & Bottom Of Camera Duration:04:38
16 Lenses & Front Of Camera Duration:06:13
17 Menu Overview & Shooting Menu Duration:18:02
18 MF Peaking Settings Menu Duration:06:00
19 ISO Speed Menu Duration:06:54
20 Picture Style & Sound Menus Duration:11:04
21 Set Up Menu Duration:22:05
22 Custom Function Menu Duration:04:21
23 My Menu & Playback Menu Duration:10:56
24 Camera Operation Duration:07:35

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Class Introduction

Hello, welcome to CreativeLive. My name is John Greengo and this is the Fast Start for the Canon M5 and M6 cameras. Two little mirrorless cameras from Canon that are, well actually, they're quite nice once you get into them which is what we're gonna be doing in this class. If you own, use these cameras, or you wanna get to know about 'em, we're gonna be going through a full detailed instruction on how to use these cameras, what all the features do, and what I would recommend on how to set them and use them for different types of photography. And so, we're gonna be focusing on kinda the main controls for trying to get the highest quality images out of the camera. I'm very interested in how to manually adjust the camera and get the best image quality from it possible. There's a few things that we may not go super deep into, like printing directly from the camera, but we are gonna play around with hooking up the camera wirelessly to our phones and we're gonna go through the entire menu se...

ction as well as all the buttons and controls with the camera. Along with the class is a PDF, which is my recommended settings guide and what this has on it is the entire menu system, all laid out on one page that it's really easy to see. And it also has my recommendations on where I think these settings should be set for different types of users, maybe a basic or a more advanced user. I have a second page that has all the same information without my recommendations so that you can jot down your own notes or you can just kinda have a clean, fresh page of how you wanna get your, of where everything is in the menu system. And then on the final two pages are some additional information I have about how I would set this camera up for different types of photography. So that's a handy little piece that comes with the purchase of the class and you can look under, you can look for this under class materials, it's called recommended settings and it's usually in a PDF format. Alright, so let's get started on the class here. We've got two cameras we're doing today. It's kinda two cameras for the price of one, these cameras are very similar in style. One has a viewfinder, one doesn't but we're gonna get into more details about the difference of these in just a moment. An overview of what we're gonna be doing in the class today is first off, just do a little overview of the cameras themselves. We're gonna then get into the camera control section which is a big section where I go through all the buttons and all the dials on the camera, talk about what they do, take a look at some examples of photos that you can get with these various different settings. Another big section is the menu functions and this is where you'll wanna have your PDF handy 'cause we're gonna go through the menu listings item by item and there is, I don't know, there's about 200 different items in here, they're gonna be pretty quick. You know, you wanna have this one turned off for this and turned on for that. And we'll just go through and get your camera set up so that everything's set right so you're not out there shooting with your camera in the wrong mode. Which is not a good thing ever. And then at the end, we'll do camera operations which is where I go through the key settings on your camera. Shutter speeds, aperture, the focusing modes, and where I would set that for different types of photography so that you can use that as little tips for you going out and doing your own types of photography. Alright, with these cameras, you do get a relatively hefty instruction manual and it's gonna take you a little while to get through that, this class is gonna be a little bit shorter than that and so it's impossible for me to put everything into this three hour class that is in the instruction manual. The instruction manual is still a valuable tool to have for going in and checking out compatibility with different products or exact specifications on a particular feature but I'm trying to put everything into this class that a typical photographer is gonna want to know. So there's a good chance that you won't need to go through that instruction manual page by page. But it's still a handy tool, so don't throw it away, I don't like to see that happen. Now this class is a camera class, so we're gonna be talking about this camera in particular. The M5 and the M and there's lots of other things that are really important to taking great photos. There's composition and lighting and many other factors and we just don't have time to get into that into this class, because we only have a few hours to deal with this particular camera. So, if you do wanna take a general photography class that gets you a good understanding of what shutter speeds and depth of field is gonna do, you can take a look at many of the other different classes we have here at CreativeLive. There's lots of good ones. I have two different general purpose ones. One's a short, quick class. That's the Photography Starter Kit for Beginners and if you wanna take a relatively quick class to get out the door knowing the basics very quickly, that's a three hour class. For those of you who know that you like photography and you really wanna get into it, that would be the Fundamentals of Photography, that's gonna be a series of talks, lectures on photography and that's gonna be about 27 hours in length and so if you like the long version that really does a deep dive into all the subjects that are important, you might wanna take a look at that one. They're both very good complementary classes to this with very, very little overlap because in this class, we're really gonna be talking about the buttons, dials, and the menu system on this particular camera. Alright, let's make sure that your camera and my camera is ready for today's class. Hopefully you've got your battery charged, that takes about two hours. You can expect to get between three and 400 shots per charge. Depends a little bit on how much you dive into the menu system, you have your camera's monitor turned on and how much you use the flash as to exactly how many photos you're gonna get. You do need to have a lens on the camera, of course. You wanna have a memory card inside so that you can store all your images. Turn the camera on, the M5 and M6 have slightly different positions on where the on switch is but it's pretty clear and obvious. And we're gonna start really simply and just turn that mode dial on the top of the camera to the A+ mode. We're gonna get into the specifics of what that means in just a moment but that's the simplest, most basic mode that you can have the camera in. And then press down on the shutter release to take a photo. So, I'm just gonna point it over here at our prop table and press down and yes, my camera is working and hopefully yours is as well. Now, one of the things that you wanna make sure over here and I wanna do a little demo here and show you on my camera, is that on the basic lenses that these cameras often come supplied with, they are retractable lenses and there's a little switch on the side of the lens. And when the lens is retracted, you can't shoot and the reason for that is that the lens is not in a position to shoot and they wanted to make it as small as possible so that you could have a really small travel size. And when it's time to shoot, you pull the switch forward and then you zoom the lens so that you can actually see the zoom range hitting, in this case, it's a 15-45 zoom lens and so now you can actually have your lens in the working position. And if you wanna store your camera in this position that's fine, you turn it off and there's no problem. But if you wanna retract it to put it into the smallest size space possible, you'll flip that switch and turn that dial. Now, that's not a common feature on a lot of lenses but it is done by a few different manufacturers so that you can have as small a package as possible. And Canon was definitely trying to have a very small package size camera here so it could be very, very easily transportable.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new mirrorless Canon EOS M5/M6 with this complete step-by-step walk-through 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 maximize the exposure system in both auto and manual modes
  • How to use and customize the menus
  • How to use the camera's 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 M5/M6 settings to work for your style of photography.


Susan Clarke

John did an outstanding job explaining every part of this camera. As a newbie, this course is exactly what I needed to understand this camera. Thank you, John. Now, I'm going back to watch through 1 more time!

Michael Simpson

John Greengo is probably the best instructor I have come across in my short photography journey. I learned a lot about the camera, something that would have been difficult without the help of the M5 course. Thank you.

a Creativelive Student

Once again, a thorough explanation about all the functions of the Canon EM5/6 Camera operations. For anyone considering purchasing this class before getting your hands on the actual camera, it will give you a head start into the functions of the camera you chose. As a Canon FF User, I wanted to have a camera for urban shooting, yet, wanted something that could use all my Canon Lenses with an adapter. The Canon M5, I believe is a great choice and I'm looking forward to seeing how my lenses work with it.