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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

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Custom Function Menu

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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22. Custom Function Menu


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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

Lesson Info

Custom Function Menu

Okay, we are into the Custom Function menu, which is going to be a very short menu here. So first deal's with Exposure. And in here we have the option of a safety shift, which works in aperture value and time value. And what happens here is, if you were to set a shutter speed of a thousandth of a second, and the camera couldn't shoot at a thousandth of a second to get a proper exposure, it would just change that number on you. And so this is something that would drive a serious photographer crazy, but might be very helpful for a beginning photographer 'cause it's going to kind of cover up for their mistakes. So if you are wanting to get exactly the numbers you've set in, you would probably want to leave this set on Disable. And that is our only item in the Custom Function, Group Number One. It seems strange only having one item in there, but this is a setup that you'll see expanded when you get up to higher level cameras in the Canon lineup. Custom Function, Group Number Two is Others.

Just a few other little things in here. First up is the dial direction that you turn when you are in a time value or an aperture value. And I have found it a little bit more convenient to reverse the direction because the dial moves in synchronization with what you see on the screen a little bit more easily. And so, give that a try, and see if that makes more sense for you. 'Cause it seems like the dials turn in the wrong direction when it's by default. All right, this next one's an important one. This is the Custom Controls. This is where you get to go in and control a lot of those different buttons and dials on your camera. Do you remember that M Function button on the top on the camera I mentioned that you can reprogram? Well you can go in and reprogram it to do something that you find helpful. So let's go ahead and do that right now. And so right now, my Menu Function button doesn't do anything when I press that button. So, let me press the menu, move on over to Others, and I'm going to press the Set button, and we kind of go through different groups here. And the M Function is right here, so I'm going to press that. And I'm going to choose the M Function, which is currently turned off. Doesn't have any feature on it. And I'm going to select something that I think is valuable. And you know what? I like being able to change the ISO on a regular basis. And on other Canon cameras, the button is right up there, so that's a very convenient place. So I'm going to hit the Set button there. And ISO is now set to Menu Function. So I'm going to hit the menu to back out of this. And so now we're back to shooting. So now when I press the Menu Function button, you can see the ISO has changed, or the ISO option has come up here at the bottom of the screen, so I can say, you know what, let's go to ISO 800. And so it's very easy to adjust by simply turning that on and off. And so, whatever feature you use the most, that's probably where I would program it in, right there, 'cause it's nice and easy to get to. And so, feel free to go through and customize the rest of your camera. There's a lot of options. We don't have time to go into all of those options, but it is definitely worth you sitting down and going through that for 10 or 15 minutes to really get your camera tweaked and adjusted exactly the way that you want your camera to be. Release shutter without a lens. Normally, you're going to leave this disabled. And the reason that might want to enable it is if you're using lens adapters, or you're hooking it up to a telescope, or something where it's not reading information from those CPU contacts. There's a few lenses from Canon that will extend in and out, and this will retract lens before you turn the power of the camera off. And so, most people are probably going to want to do that just to protect the lens from getting it bumped in an unusual position. And so, that's the full list of custom functions. It's not a lot, but there's some ones that you can definitely go in and make some good adjustments on for your camera. And finally, you can of course clear it all out if you want to kind of start fresh and get it right back to the factory standards.

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.