Canon® EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

 

Canon® EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

 

Lesson Info

Left, Right & Bottom Of Camera

Over on the left side of the camera, we have a little rubber door that opens up that gives us a few access parts. First off is a remote terminal. If you wanna have a cable release plugged in, the RS-60E3 sells for about 20-bucks will allow you to fire the camera without touching the camera, a good option there. There's a digital terminal which you could use for downloading images from the camera to the computer and then a microphone jack if you wanna hook up, whether it's Canon's microphone or a variety of other microphones, it uses a very common 3.5 mm jack for doing that. Over on the right side of the camera, you'll have access to the HDMI port, which is the way that we can get our cameras to plug into the TV, so if you wanna do a slideshow right from your camera, you can do that. Those of you with the M6 have noticed that the ports are on slightly different slides as you look through the port system back and forth on the M6. They've moved, they have the same ports, but they have mov...

ed one of them to the other side of the camera for some spacing reasons, I don't know why, but it is. We have a Wi-Fi shortcut option. We're gonna talk about Wi-Fi more in the second half of the class. This is where you get to use your camera as a remote viewing device and where you can send pictures that you've taken with the camera to your phone, so that you can upload them to websites and various other places very, very quickly and easily. We'll be doing that in the second half of this class. Looking at the bottom side, you can see the diopter for the viewfinder on the M5 a little bit more clearly here. We have a standard tripod socket for common tripods, monopods, and other accessories. The camera is NFC capable, and so if you have an NFC tablet or phone or some other device that uses near field communication, you can use that for your communication in lieu of Wi-Fi. There's a little rubber cover here. It's a DC adapter hole, so if you wanna power your camera continuously for scientific reasons or studio reasons, it can be, kind of, pulled out you can have this little hole where you have this special adaptor that goes into your camera, so you can have continuous power. Very few people will use that, but it is available. And then of course, we have our battery door. The camera comes with the LP-E17 battery and the little travel charger with it, and it's also where we have our memory cards. Uses the SD memory cards on the camera. Be aware on these SD memory cards, there's a little lock switch over on the side, and that will prevent you from shooting or getting information off the card, so if you wanna lock the card, you can use that, but it does get bumped from time to time. The size of the card will be indicated by the SD or the HC or XC option, just indicating what size of card it is. The speed of the card for the most part is not super important in this camera, it's how fast the information is written to the card. If you do a lot of sports photography or action or you shoot a lot of pictures very quickly, that's where it's helpful to have a little bit faster of a card. For those of you who shoot video, you wanna be thinking about the minimum speed because if you shoot video, it's a constant stream of data that the camera needs to be recording, so it needs to have a fast minimum speed. They recommend a class 10 or faster, which is very, very common these days on cards. As I mentioned before, you could use the USB port on the camera for downloading your images. It does seem to be a bit on the slow side and a little bit cumbersome as well, and so most photographers end up getting a card reader. They're pretty cheap, and they're very quick in their operation. If you can plug the card into your computer, even faster and better yet, and so be aware of that. And with all the cards, you want to format your card when you buy them brand new, you generally want to format them on a regular basis, and this is gonna help keep them cleared of all, sort of, clutter and data that doesn't need to be on that card, but be aware, when you format the card, you're deleting all of your photos, and so what I typically do when I go out on a new shoot is I look at the memory card. Are there any photos in there that I haven't backed up? Get them downloaded to a computer, backed up. And then I put the card in the camera, and I format it, and that way it's formatted for communicating with that particular electronic device, and so I try to do that every time I go out on a new shoot.

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.