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Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

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Playback Menu ISO & Flash Adjustments

John Greengo

Canon EOS M5 and M6 Fast Start

John Greengo

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13. Playback Menu ISO & Flash Adjustments


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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

Playback Menu ISO & Flash Adjustments

The menu will take us into a full set of features of the camera. We'll be doing that the second half of this class. So there's a lot of things stored in there, a lot of things that you're gonna set up once and you probably won't need to change again. There'll be a few things in there that you'll want to have access to on a regular basis, and those might be items that you would add to the dial function or the multi-function button on the top of the camera. All right, the dial on the back of the camera is also buttons, and when they're not being used for anything else under a normal shooting mode, by pressing up allows you to select the ISO of the camera. This is the sensitivity of the sensor. Now the sensor's native or best sensitivity is at ISO 100. You would bump it up from that if you need to work under lower light conditions and you need a faster shutter speed. There is also an option of Auto that the camera will take control of the ISO and figure it out for you according to the lig...

ht and where your shutter speed is. So, you're gonna get the best quality at ISO 100. I always like to test these cameras to see how good they are at various ISOs. So this camera is excellent when you have it set to 100, 200, 400, 800. It starts slipping a bit when you get to and definitely when you get to up to 25,000, you get a lot of noise. It looks a little bit like grain from the days of film, but it is definitely not as sharp, and I would try to really avoid the 12,800 and the 25,600 options. That would be for emergency use where you're in incredibly dark situations, but everything 800 and below is very, very clean. But the best is always going to be 100, and so I try to keep the camera at 100 and adjust it upwards as needed from there. Next up is the flash mode, and so when you hit this you're gonna be able to control some of the flash features, and let's talk about some of those options for shooting with flash. So, adding flash for portrait photography can be a real helpful way for filling in those shadows, and so if you're shooting somebody that's relatively close to the camera, and you want to do a portrait, I recommend shooting two. Shoot one without flash and one with flash. See which one looks best, depending on the lighting it might be one, it might be the other. You can also do flash exposure compensation, which is powering the flash up or powering it down by turning that dial on the front. Some of the other options is forcing the flash on, even under bright light situations, so that it's gonna fill in those shadows. Slow Syncro allows you to use a slower shutter speed with flash so that it would allow in more light in the background areas. It could also give you a little bit more of a creative blur. Over on the left side, we have a manual focus option, and we can zoom in and we can check sharpness with that. We can also use the touch screen, and we can move that frame around by the up/down and left/right controls. We can also change the magnification with the top dial, so let's go ahead and do a quick little demo on this. Throw my camera back into a program mode for simplicity here, and so if we're gonna go into manual focus on this, we're now in manual focus. We can hit the Magnify button down here. We can move around to see what we want in focus. I can then turn the focusing ring. This is a fly-by-wire, this is an electronic focus. We're not physically turning the lens. It's turning motors which is turning the lens. And then I can hit Info if I want to return my box to the center, 'cause I can go to the left, and you can see the little thumbnail on where it is over here. If I just want it to go back to the middle, I hit Info. And I can hit the Set button either here or over here to return me back to my full screen. So if you do want to get into manually focus, it's a pretty quick process where you can get in there. I think, if I go into manual focus, it doesn't take the double-tap there, and so I can auto-focus, manual focus, hit the Magnify to go in closer, and then adjust focus. And so for anybody who's set up on a tripod and you really want a guarantee that it's correctly focused, that manual focus will do a good job of that. But normally I would leave it in auto-focus. And then when you want to return it to the standard view, you can just hit that Queue button in the middle to return it to the normal view.

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.