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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 10 of 19

Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom, and Front


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 10 of 19

Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom, and Front


Lesson Info

Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom, and Front

working our way over to the left side of the camera is often where you're going to see some controls, depending on the lens that you have the 24 to which is a good general purpose lens, has an autofocus manual focus switch, as well as an image stabilizer system built into the lands. Not all lenses will have the stabilizer. Most lenses will have the auto focus control on it. We have a bunch of connections and ports over on the side behind those rubber doors. As we look into the 1st 1 It is the remote terminal. It's a standard 2.5 millimeter jack on that uses that cannon remote talked about earlier, which is good for long time exposures or any time you don't want to bump the camera. This does not use the fancy or three pen control that is used on some of the higher in cameras in the SLR world like a five D mark four. If you want to connect that up, they do make a special connector. I don't recall exactly up top my head. I don't see that's about $21. If you want to get the actual remote.

That's about $30 and so it might be just easier to get the standard remote in that way, you don't have to add cables back and forth to it, but either option is available for whatever you would like to use. Next up is a little pin connector, and this is for hooking up a cable protector. If you're working in the studio and you haven't HTM I cable that's plugged into the camera that pulls out because the cables kind of heavy or something like that, you can plug in this cable protector and it keeps those plugs locked in. Next up is our digital terminal. This is our USB connection. It's a USB 3.1 connection. It's the newest connection that all the cameras have. Unfortunately, this does not take a standard chord for in camera charging. If you want to charge the battery in camera, you need to buy this cannon P D. E. One, which at 100 and $ is a very, very special cable, apparently, but that is the only way to charge the cameras. Batteries inside the camera does come with batteries, or at least a battery and an external charger. It's capable of charging in camera, but you need to have the newest L P E six in batteries and not the older just E six batteries and this special charger. If you want to get the GP two, there is a GPS transparent transmitter here receiver that you can plug in that will add GPS data to where you were taking your photographs that would be plugged in to this port. Next up is R H D M I out. This will be used either for monitor reasons or recording reasons or viewing reasons on. So if you are recording video, there are people who like to use an external monitor. Sometimes they use that for recording. If you are going to use it for recording, you can get the 42 to 10 bit, see log output and get a little bit higher quality video on an external recorder. If you want to do a slide show, you could hook up to an A to an HD my TV and do a slide show straight from the memory card on your camera. Next up we have microphone jacks, takes the standard 3.5 millimeter Jack Cannon makes their own D M E one Mike Jack, but this is gonna be available for hooking up to all others types of road sign, Heizer and other brands of microphones. And there's a lot of ones out there to choose as well standard headphone jacks on that over on the right side of the camera, Not much going on over here other than our memory card door. And our SD memory card camera is you hs two compatible, so it uses the latest generation of the fastest SD cards out there. So first thing to look at on cards, of course, is thesis eyes of the car that will tell you if it's an SD or HC. Many of them are XY versions. Now. The bus speed of the card probably want to get a you hs two. If you are getting this camera cause it's very easy to be shooting with lots of data, and that will help speed the process of recording it. You may also want to look at the speed class of the card, especially if you are shooting video. The recommended cards that they have is if you are gonna be shooting four k and all I, which is a compression setting. You're gonna want to use a you HS two card and a video speed class of V 60 or higher. And so that's because four K video is recording a lot of data, and it's doing it on a regular basis, and it needs to be downloaded to that card and stored on their very, very quickly and those of the fastest cards to handle it. If you're doing basic photography single shot here in a single shot there, the speed of the card is almost completely inconsequential. Eso It depends on how you plan on using the camera as to how high in the card you need to get. If you are downloading, you can download straight from the camera. It's a little bit clumsy and awkward and slow, And so for most people, I recommend getting a card reader. They're not too much money, and they make it very fast and easy, forgetting the images onto your computer. If you're computer has a built in slot, that is, of course, a great way to looking to the bottom of the camera. We have our standard tripod socket and our serial number record that for insurance reasons, we have a battery grip contacts down here, so there is a vertical grip that you can get the B G e e 22. It's about $400 it's really nice if you are shooting a lot of verticals. If you do a lot of sports photography, portrait photography, it could make the camera more comfortable. Hold if you're holding it for a long period of time. And one of the advantages is that you can stick to batteries in there to prolong the battery life and lessen the number of times that you might need to change the battery in a particular day. Next up is the battery compartment takes a standard L P E six in battery, which is the same battery from a lot of the other current cameras, like the five D Mark four and the EO 60 mark two. There is an economy mode that you can put these in that will get you a little bit more battery life, but it slows of some of the things down on the camera like the viewfinder, so realize that that's an option on there comes with the standard charger. If you want additional ways of powering the camera, you can plug in these additional components for having continuous power to the camera, perhaps for a very long time, time exposure or working in a studio situation or charging from a car. They have these various ways of charging or keeping the camera powered. Looking to the front of the camera, we have stereo microphones on either side. We have a little lamp here, which is an A F assist lamp, and this sounds pretty cool. It's gonna shine out. Ah, little bit of a light to help you focus under low light conditions. And it does work with subjects that are pretty close that are not obstructed by the size of the lens or the hood that might be on the camera. It can be a little bit annoying to subjects or other photographers, and so it's something I often recommend turning off, and you can do that by diving into the A F controls in the menu system. So one of the features that this camera has that no other Miral is Camera has is a shudder unit that closes when the mere come or when the lens comes off the camera, and this will help prevent dust from getting in on the sensor. I don't know why all the other manufacturers aren't doing this. I don't know why people aren't giving Canada enough credit for actually doing this, but it reminds me some of the old medium format Mamiya cameras that would have a shutter that was blocking light from getting to the film. But in this case, it's protecting the sensor. So we do have a 13 megapixel sensor on here. It's a very good high resolution sensor that can handle a lot of different types of photography. We have our new lens mount. It's about the same diameter as the E F Mount. But the flans distance the distance from the Mount to the sensor is much, much shorter. It's a 20 millimeter flans distance. It was 44 back on the old SL ours, and that allows them to be, let's say, much more creative when it comes to the design of lenses and gives him money, more options in the type of lenses that they could make. So lens release over the right hand side. There's your locking pin that you'll hear click in when you mount your lens properly. The Mount Index is a little bit different. On previous canon cameras, we had a red circle. Now we have kind of a red oval to help you indicate what type of lens is being mounted on there. We have MAWR CPU contacts down at the bottom so that the camera can communicate faster and with MAWR information with lenses. And so there's additional information that this camera can do that the SL ours cannot do.

Class Description


  • Understand how to navigate the menus, modes and settings
  • Know how to use Compact Raw files for faster post-processing
  • Utilize Canon camera features that cross over to several Canon EOS models
  • Use the 4k film options for incredible video performance with amazing opportunities for color grading when in post-production


The Canon® EOS R is a workhorse Canon camera, hauling features from the RF lens mount to the 0.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording. But the EOS R camera’s impressive list of features are simply wasted if you don’t know how to find and put them to use. Skip the floundering through menus and join photographer John Greengo in exploring the mirrorless camera’s many features, from customizing the camera to understanding dual-pixel autofocus.

The EOS R leads off a whole new full-frame mirrorless system for Canon; its smaller size brings a host of new controls to the world of EOS cameras. The latest updates prioritize image quality with a high resolution sensor and equally impressive OLED electronic viewfinder. Fast autofocus in video, with numerous video centric features, as well as a variety of ports make video a priority on this camera.

This class is designed for photographers using the Canon EOS R, from those just pulling it out of the box to photographers that just haven’t found all the camera’s features yet. The class can also serve as an in-depth look if you’re not yet sure if the EOS R is the best Canon camera for you. Learn your new Canon inside out as John Greengo shares the essentials in less time than it takes to analyze the menu -- and have more fun doing it too.


  • New and potential Canon EOS R owners
  • Outdoor photographers
  • Portrait photographers


An award-winning photographer specializing in outdoor and travel photography for over three decades, John Greengo has developed an unrivaled understanding of the industry, tools, techniques, and art of photography. As an educator, he’s led more than 50 classes covering the in-depth features of several different DSLR camera models and mirrorless options, including Fast Starts for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic. Greengo’s experience is extensive, having used the 5D series since its first model release. Beyond the basics, he’s also led photographers through the ins and outs of advanced options like the EOS 80D and EOS 7D Mark II to entry-level Canon Rebel cameras like the Rebel T6i and T6. John’s unique blend of illustrations, animations and photographs make learning photography easy and fun.


  1. Class Introduction

    John introduces the Canon EOS R, Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera and what makes it stand out from the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or other Fujifilm or Sony competitors. Learn what will be covered in this, class materials you’ll receive and which other photography classes he teaches on CreativeLive that can supplement your learning experience. John shares what you need for this class: how to prep your camera and access firmware updates.

  2. Photo Basics

    Get a quick brush up on the basic components of the mirrorless digital camera: John’s graphics show how aperture, depth of field, shutter speed, and the full-frame CMOS sensor work together to capture images.

  3. Camera Controls: Basic Controls

    Take a quick tour of the camera’s basic controls as John orients you to where they’re located and what they do. See how image sensor cleaning works, how to operate the quick control dial, multi-function bar, lens control ring and touchscreen. John demos how to program back button focus and why you may want to program this option.

  4. Camera Controls: Shooting Mode

    The EOS R system’s multitude of shooting modes made easily accessible by the quick control dial allow you to quickly switch between still and video modes. In this lesson, John orients you to all the still and video shooting modes available, as well as his recommendations for each one. Which mode is recommended for a non photographer friend taking photos with your camera? When might you benefit from continuous shooting mode? What benefits does the exposure compensation mode give you? Which is best for low light situations? What 4K and Full HD video options do you have? John answers these questions and more.

  5. Camera Controls: Multi Function Button

    The multi-function button is a completely new feature on this camera body; learn how to take advantage of the settings it gives you access to (including setting the ISO range from ISO 100 to 40,000 and above) and how to customize settings to your needs.

  6. Camera Controls: Top Deck

    Explore the top deck of the EOS R with John and learn tips such as how to customize the video record button and use the lock button to avoid accidentally changing settings while shooting.

  7. Camera Controls: Back Side Controls

    In this lesson, learn how to understand and change what information you see through the EVF (electronic viewfinder), such as exposure information, the histogram, gridlines, and the focus guide, a new tool that helps get that perfect focus in manual focus mode. John shares how to navigate other back side controls including the menu button, multi-function bar, auto exposure lock, auto focus lock, focus area options and how to select and move AF points.

  8. Camera Controls: Quick Control

    Simplify your camera navigation with the Q button; see which options it pulls up as John explains their uses and shares his recommendations. John models how to set up auto exposure bracketing, a great tool for high dynamic range (HDR) photography. Dive into flash exposure compensation, picture styles, metering, drive mode, and image quality, and image stabilization in video among other options.

  9. Camera Controls: Video and Playback Mode

    John shares playback options: how to zoom into photos to ensure perfect focus, navigating the touchscreen, how to access and view photo metadata and how to capture frame grabs from 4K video playback.

  10. Camera Controls: Left Side, Right Side, Bottom, and Front

    Take a tour along the sides of the EOS R body, as John points out connections such as hdmi out, battery grip contacts, the new RF lens mount and the memory card slot. Learn which memory card speed class to look for when shooting video.

  11. Lenses

    What lenses are available for your Canon EOS R? John breaks down components of lenses, what they do and what to look out for when lens shopping. Learn the difference between the new RF lenses and EF lenses, but don’t fear - although the EOS R has a new lens mount, the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R ensures you can still shoot with any EF lenses at hand.

  12. Menu Functions: The Basics and Shooting Menu

    What makes the EOS R menu the best organized menu system on the market, according to John? Navigate through the tabs with John to see the ample shooting settings available to you. What’s the difference between RAW, compressed RAW and JPEG, and which should you be shooting in? Which shooting settings are helpful for shooting in JPEG? What are the limitations of silent shutter shooting and when might you shoot in silent live view? What are the advantages of Canon Log?John answers these questions and shares general and advanced recommendations for each option available.

  13. Menu Functions: Video Shooting Menu

    When shooting in video, some unique features appear in the menu; John breaks them down. Learn about movie recording quality, sound recording options, time-lapse options, custom white balance and more.

  14. Menu Functions: Autofocus

    Configuring focus can be tricky, depending on the lighting and your subject. Thankfully the AF system menu offers plenty of features to track and analyze your subject. Learn how to program options like frame size, focus point, eye detection, tracking sensitivity and video-specific AF options as John shares his recommendations for portrait photography, high-speed subjects and specific sports.

  15. Menu Functions: Playback Menu

    After shooting and before editing in an image processor, the playback menu on the EOS R offers many useful features, especially if you’re on the go and don’t have a computer at hand. John reviews RAW image processing options, the benefits of rating images for organization purposes, image transfer and image sharing options.

  16. Menu Functions: Set Up

    In this lesson, dive into the set-up menu with John, learning organizational features, power saving tips, display settings, custom shooting modes, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection options. John demonstrates how to set up Wi-Fi remote control and remote live view shooting.

  17. Menu Functions: Set Up Video and Custom Functions

    John reviews the set-up menu in video mode and the world of custom functions: tailor your camera to your needs through customizing buttons and dials to suit your preferences and shooting style. John models how to modify exposure level increments, ISO speed increments, bracketing, and even the sensitivity of the focus ring.

  18. Menu Functions: My Menu

    The goal is to never go into the default menu; between setting up the Quick Menu, My Menu and customizing buttons and dials, you should have everything you need easily at hand. John shares his customization tips and models how to add menu tabs and organize items.

  19. Camera Operations

    In this invaluable lesson, John shares this recommended base settings for different types of photography: how should you program your shutter speed, aperture, ISO and more depending on what you’re shooting? Learn which settings you should activate for landscape and portrait photography, for example.


Ranjit Vazhapilly

John Greengo is a very good teacher. I think it's the best investment you can make to get to know your camera well - especially something new like the EOS R. I love his feedback on what new features are worth trying and others that are simply not there yet. Awesome course!

David Torres Aguilar

This is the best course I have ever seen on how to use a camera, it guides you through the functions, settings, hidden configurations in a crystal clear way using very well designed visuals aids. I'm glad I was able to find this class, it's really a great quality course, thanks a lot John Greengo and CreativeLive Team!


John Greengo is wonderful at making His classes easy to follow and understand. We have purchased the Canon R and found that the only books with directions are in German and Japanese with the US version out in August. We are very grateful that John has produced this class. Love the CanonR but with Johns' class; the camera is easier to understand. Thanks! Hope to see more on the CanonR!