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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 5 of 19

Camera Controls: Multi Function Button


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 5 of 19

Camera Controls: Multi Function Button


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Camera Controls: Multi Function Button

All right, let's talk about the multi function button on the front of the camera now. There have been multi function buttons on previous canon cameras, but this one is working in a different manner, and it's probably thrown a number of new users to this camera or longtime canon users a bit for a loop because it's a little bit different. So the problem that has occurred going from DSLR is Tamir Lis is when we take the mere out of camera, the cameras get a little bit smaller and everybody has kind of been asking for slightly smaller cameras. And when you have a smaller camera, you have less real estate on the outside for buttons and so on. Previous cameras that were much larger than this. You would have an individual button for eso and one for white balance and one for focus and maybe one for something else, depending on how much room is up there. Well, with less size, we have to do more with less. And so this one button is going to give us access to these five features. Now, as I said b...

efore, this camera is highly customizable. So if you don't like these five. You can change him and you can reorder them in any way you want. But this is the way it comes from the factory. So let me explain it through this manner. So when you press the function button on the back, you can change which function you are addressing. And we have the five different options I s O drive, focus mode, white balance and flash exposure compensation. And then you can adjust the particular setting using the top dial on the camera. So between the two dials, you can go very quickly from one to the next, adjusting what you need to. So let's look at more closely what these options are. All right, So here are five options. Let's first start with I s O. This is traditionally been pretty close to where Canon has always had their eyes. So dial or button on their camera for quick access. And so if you want to address it here, it's right where you remember it. In most cases, for most canon users press down on the button, turn the top dial to change your eyes so the range is gonna go from 100 to 40,100 is the base sensitivity. It's where you're gonna get the best image quality as's faras color rendition in detail in the least amount of noise. But you name may need to bump it up for a lot of photographic reasons, and so you can bump it all the way up to 40,000. There isn't actually a number there, but that's two clicks higher than the 25,600. It does have a high one in a high to setting, which go up to 51,000 and 100,000. And these air high I esos now you currently can't get there because Canon has limited you unless you've gone into the menu system to kind of unlock that feature. So if you want to go into the set up men, you number three I s O speed settings. You can kind of up the ceiling for what your camera could do, and I do recommend it because I like to have all of the options available to me. The other option down on the low end is that we do have an auto setting, so any time you want to have the camera controlling your eyes so you can do that. And so ranges going from Auto 100 all the way up to 100,000. In this case, 100 is kind of the default place that would probably be best to start out. So let's take a look at an image quality test between these different ISOS taking my standard test shot here and enlarging it so we can see detail. And we're looking for grain or noise and up through 1600. It is extremely clean. Lower is a little bit better, but 1600 is still very clean as we get up to the 6400 and 12,800 is when we really start noticing this noise. Those high settings of high one and I two tend to be pretty bad, but that's generally the case as it is with most cameras. And so, if you want to set a higher limit, kind of want to know, where can I shoot at and still get clean images? I would say 6400 and for smaller print sizes 12,800 which is very good for a 30 megapixel camera. All right, our next setting. Using that back dial to change the function is our Dr Settings. This controls what happens when we press all the way down on the shutter release. And let's take a look at the different options in what's going on here. So the standard option, of course, is single shooting. This is when you press down, you take one picture at a time, and that's gonna work for most of us for basic photography. Next up we have the continuous modes. We have a high speed, and we have a low speed. The high speed is at eight frames per second. However, when you have the focusing in servo. So for action photography, it slows down to five frames a second, and so five frames a second is a bit slower than some of the competition now. At one point, it was professional quality. Remember having a professional quality camera that was shooting at like 5.4 frames a second, so it's still reasonably good, but it's not fantastic at tracking the action. It does slow down a little bit there, and then the low speed is three frames per second. If you need a self timer, we have a 12th and a two second self timer. Two seconds really handy when you're on a tripod and you don't want to touch the shutter release right when it's taking a picture, you want the vibrations to settle out. With either one of those, you can use the Cannon RC six remote control for triggering the camera. Next up on our multi function button is our focus mode. We have three basic options here. Let's take a look at what these are for basic photography. The one shot mode is where the camera will focus on a subject, and then once it achieves that, it gives you the little beep beep and it locks the focus. In that way, you could do a focus recomposed to get that subject a little bit off to the side. We do have a servo mode for continuous focus, and this is for subjects that are moving towards you and away from you, and I do have to admit that this camera is a little bit slower in this regard. It is pretty smooth, so for something basic that's very smooth, like a car driving towards you, a person walking towards you tends to do a pretty good job with really fast, erratic action. It's not quite as good some of the other SLR comparable cameras, but it's pretty good in a general sense. And then, of course, we have manual focus. So if you want to flip the switch and go manual on it, you'll just see the manual focus option in here. And that could be really handy for static shots, perhaps where you're shooting from a tripod. Next option is white balance. And so this is controlling the type of light that you are shooting under so that when you photograph under these different types of light, you are getting the proper color. And there's a lot of different color light sources that we might be working under and these air all falling on a Kelvin scale that goes from red to blue. There's a number of natural settings, and there's a number of artificial settings as well. A lot of different fluorescent settings. Different tungsten light, which is probably the most different evolve alights. There is a kelvin temperature where you can go in and specify a specific Kelvin temperature that you're working at. If you want to manually make it extremely accurate. There is a preset manual where you can go into the menu system, photograph a white sheet of paper and have that calibrated Have the camera using that white sheet of paper to calibrate the color of the light that you were working under. So if you are under a very unusual light source, then that would be a great way of making sure that you're getting the correct light light. Next up is the auto white balance and auto White Balance does a very good job with canon cameras in most cases, and so it's a good default position to put the white balance in. It'll automatically figure out what sort of light source you are in. If it doesn't look right, you can quickly come in and change it to an appropriate source, so it does work pretty good. Good starting place. The final step on this is flash exposure compensation, and this allows you to either power up the automated flash or power it down. So in general, the T TL automated flash outputs what is considered a technically correct amount of light, but from an aesthetic point of view, it can sometimes be overpowering on your subject. And so a lot of times, photographers prefer to dial back the power on this so that they get more natural skin tones. Now it's worth noting that this camera does not have a built in flash. So this function isn't doing anything until you add a flash onto it. And because all of these modes are replaceable and you can add other things in here. This is probably the 1st 1 to put on the chopping block, you might say, because there are other features that you might have greater need for. But it's up to you. It's your camera. You can organize it and customize it as you want here. And so if you do want to get in to do this, you go into custom function four operations, and you can customize these buttons. And so that might be kind of fun to do right now, So let's go ahead and die van and customize some of these. But so I'm going to go in to custom function number four, and we're going to customize these buttons. And so we're at page number four on our custom functions. I'm gonna go in and I want to change my multi function Right now, the multi function is right here. It's under dial functions and dial functions means we get five different features that we add in there. If we wanted to to do just one particular thing, we could set it up to just do one thing here. But having it do five things I think is very valuable. So we're gonna go in here and select that, but you'll notice down at the bottom. It pressed the info button form or detailed setting. So we're gonna press the info button, and now we can choose. What are our five items? Well, I would like to add auto focus. I think that's a nice option to have that we don't currently have. I'm gonna press set, and nothing happens because there are check marks among all the chosen ones and you could only do five at a time. So I'm gonna have to go unchecked something. So I'm gonna uncheck this flash exposure compensation, and then I'm gonna come down here to a F method and add the check mark there. And so I'm gonna press info for next, so I can either press info or I can press it on the touch screen. Either one. And now what I can do is I can change the order of these. So, for instance, this auto focus I can select it and move it next to the other auto focus related feature and put it right there. If you wanted to put eso way over on the right hand side, you can organize it here so you can select a wide variety of items not everything imaginable, but a wide variety into the five places into the five spots. And then you can move the five spots anywhere you want. You know, just so that I don't get myself mixed up. I am actually gonna put all this back to where it waas in case I need to go back here. And so I'm gonna come back in here, make sure that that set up and actually going to check it, and I forgot to uncheck this one. I'm gonna put the flash exposure back in there, so I have reset it back to its standard place info. Impose. Okay. And so we're set back to our normal default settings in there and so that's gonna be a great control when you get used to it. It's one of those things that's a little bit different than on previous cameras. But once you get used to it, you start seeing the genius and the fact that you could change a few things really easy very quickly. And if you don't want to have five items and there, I believe one of the options was none. You could just have two or three items in there if that makes things easier for you.

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!