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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

Lesson 7 of 24

Manual Mode Dial

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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7. Manual Mode 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

Manual Mode Dial

Next up, one of my favorite modes is full manual. And this is where you get to choose the shutter speeds and apertures and everything else yourself. Now you'll change the apertures using the front dial. And you'll change the shutter speeds using the back dial. You'll need to look at some of the information in the viewfinder or on the LCD. As far as the light meter, to get the light meter evened out for proper exposure. And I like manual exposure for a couple of reasons. Number one is under tricky lighting conditions throughout, the camera just doesn't understand. And there's a lot of those that you may encounter, especially if you're looking for unusual lighting situations, things that are overly brighter or overly dark. I also like getting very consistent results, so when I'm shooting a photograph under consistent lighting, I want to take a series of photographs that are all have the same exposure, which means they're gonna have the same shutter speeds and same apertures. Now one of t...

he additional features in manual exposure is the longest shutter speed is what is known as a bulb mode, which is as long as your finger is pressing down on the shutter release or on the cable release. And so if you want to do a two-minute exposure, well, you're just gonna need to press down on that shutter release for two minutes. And then when you release it, it closes the shutter and ends the exposure. And so if you want to do a two-minute exposure to get the tail lights of the cars driving down the street, you can do that. But you do have to be in the manual exposure mode in order to do that. And so let me give you a little demo on the camera to show you what you want to be doing. So flip it over into the manual mode and so now I need to make a decision. Do I want to change apertures? Shutter speeds up here in front or the apertures here on back. And let's just say I want to shot this picture at F8. So I will set F8 first, so I've got F8 set. Now what I'm doing is I'm looking at the light meter over here. And I want to get that white indicator under the zero. And so as I go back and forth changing shutter speeds, you can see the image getting brighter and darker. But you can also see this indicator. You'll also see this in the viewfinder, if you have that in the M5 as well. And so this indicates that this is a proper exposure for this particular situation. If I thought it was a little too dark, and I wanted it brighter, I would bring it over to the plus side. Maybe by a third of a stop or by two-thirds of a stop right here. And so if I said, "Ah, that's where I like it." (camera shutter snaps) Then I can shot my photo there. And so that's, playback there. So we ended up choosing fifteenth of a second, F8 at ISO 1600. And so if you have the time and the knowledge in wanting to set your manual exposure, I highly recommend it. I love getting consistent results. It makes images so much easier to go through once you've figured out the first exposure making sure all of them after that are in good shape.

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.