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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 24

Custom Model Dial

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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8. Custom Model Dial


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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 Model Dial

Next up we have C1 and C2 and these are custom modes where you get to choose how the camera's set up. Perhaps you like the camera in Aperture Value mode with a high speed motor drive with a particular metering system and a particular focusing system setup and you don't want to change it back and forth all the time from that to something else. You can add that in the menu system under Set Up number four, Custom shooting C1 and C2, and you can have those pre-programmed for certain types of photography. So if there's something you do on a regular basis that requires a lot of button changes on the camera, just go ahead, set your camera up as you want it, go into Set Up number four, Custom shooting mode, and then register those as either C1 or C2. That way when you turn the dial to those modes, all those features are automatically set on your camera without you having to go through and change all those buttons, dials, and diving through the menu system. And so it's really good, once again, ...

for people who have things that they shoot that are kind of similar on a regular basis. So there you go, folks, lots of different modes on the dial. Chances are that most users are not going to use all of these modes every time they go out and shoot. There are many photographers who will only use one or two of these modes at all, ever in the entire ownership of the camera. And that's perfectly fine, there is simply just lots of options for different types of people with different sorts of needs. Myself, I tend to use Manual exposure a lot. When I have the time, if I'm a little bit more rushed, I'll probably use the Aperture Value mode. And that is what I would use probably about 95% of the time. And then every once in a while I might play around with one of those other modes. I think that Hybrid Auto is kinda fun and unique. And some people have probably liked the Creative Filter modes and then every once in a while we all like to record short movies from time to time. And so play around, see which ones you like, and play around even with ones that you don't normally use just to keep things fresh and interesting. Alright, so that's your Mode Dial. It does have that lock on it, I failed to mention that, and that's just so that it stays where it is. Now that is not on the M6, it's on the M5. Just in case you bump it a lot, it has that option on there. As I say, the M5 has a few little upgraded features that we see from time to time.

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.