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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 19

Camera Controls: Quick Control


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 19

Camera Controls: Quick Control


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Camera Controls: Quick Control

all right. Next up is the cue button, and this is the quick menu. As I said before, the actual menu in the camera is very long. There's dozens and dozens of pages of options in there, but the quick menu is just a single page, with all the most important critical items that you are likely to want to go to in a hurry. So when you hit the cue button, you're going to get this screen on the back of the camera, and we're gonna go through these options here. Top Row is dealing with exposure mode information. Now these air controls that you do have direct control on the top or on the back of the camera of. But if you are looking at just the back of the camera, you could make these controls very easily, just using the back screen of the camera exposure compensation as well as auto exposure bracketing. So if you want to make your picture a little bit lighter or darker, you can adjust it here. But if you want to do a whole series of bracketed shots, you can also do that here. And so in this case,...

the camera can shoot through a series of bracketed shots, and you can choose the number of bracketed shots and how far apart they are. And this is great for HDR photography. High dynamic range. Your gonna take multiple pictures at different exposures and combine them later. Or if you're just a little bit unsure as to what the correct exposure is, you can select a variety of number of frames. You'll be able to select these when you jump into the custom exposure menu Custom function menu. You can change the increment between these and if you want to use exposure, compensation on top of these as well, you can do that also. All right, so let's give this a try and see if we can make this work. We're gonna go ahead and leave our camera in the aperture priority mode and we're gonna hit the cue button and we don't get the screen that we saw on the keynote. So I'm gonna hit the info button until we get to this screen here and now I'm gonna hit the cue button. And so now I'm gonna navigate through here. And if I come in here and I suppress the set button and I turn this top dial. I'm gonna be setting my bracketing mode if I turn the back dial. I am just changing my exposure brighter and darker. But what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna set this in the middle and I'm going to do a pretty wide exposure bracket. This is going to be two stops. I'm gonna shoot under two stops normal and then two stops overexposed. And so now I'm going to hit the set button, and now it's locked in and you can see the three points there. So I have set exposure bracketing. Now I'm gonna come back and press down on the shutter, release lightly, and I'm just gonna hold it down, and it should take three photos very quickly. That depends on the exposure time, actually. And let's see if we've got our three exposures. So I'm gonna hit the playback button. And so we have our normal exposure. See if I can pull up some information. We have ar minus two exposure and we have our plus two exposure. So that was our bracket. Siri's exactly as we wanted to do it. Now, very important. Let's go back in and reset this back down to zero, cause we don't want to be shooting bracketed exposures on everything we do. So that's how you would set up a bracket exposure. If you want to set a different number of images, you'll need to go into the custom menu to set those up. You can also change the bracketing sequence if you don't like the order of the images, for instance, we shot the normal exposure, and then it was the dark. And then it was the light. You can shoot it from dark to light or from light to dark, and so that will be one of the other options will take a look at next up is flash exposure compensation. This is something that we already talked about earlier on. This suggests the power of the flash, and so if you want to power down the flash, you can do that here and oftentimes, for good portrait photography, I'd recommend powering flash down anywhere from 2/3 of a stop to maybe one and 1/3 depending on skin tones, background color of clothing and other things. All right, next up is picture styles, and so in picture styles This is for J. Peg shooters who are shooting JPEG files and want to adjust the look in style of their images. And so, if you want, you can select one of the many different presets that they have, or you can go in and you can customize thes. And so, if you want to have a little bit more saturation mawr or less contrast, you can select any one of these. Hit the info form or detail settings, and you can go down and you could control these. This is not gonna have any impact on raw images, but it will impact the JPEG images. Next up is white balance. This is something we talked about before because it was a feature on the multi function button on the top of the camera. But this allows you to go in and adjust the lighting so that you get the correct color under different types of lighting sources. Now one of the options here is the info button will allow you to switch between two different auto white balance options on one of them, the auto white balance white. Really, it makes your whites very white with e standard one it. Let's a little bit of the natural lighting kind of seep through in there. And so it depends on how much you are trying to correct for the light source, because a lot of times with tungsten lights, we want to correct it for the most part. But we want to leave. A little bit of that warmth in there depends on the look that you are wanting to have. If you weren't happy with the white balance, you could do some bracketing with the white balance. You could shift the colors of the J pegs that you shoot. It's not something most people do. I recommend not doing this in most cases, but it is there if you do need to do it. The Auto Lightning optimizer is something that will work with JPEG images, and what it does is it goes in and it tries to play a little bit with the highlights in the shadows to make sure that everything was that is within a nice, visible rage. And the idea is is that it's going to take the shadows and it's going to raise the brightness of the shadows so that you can see things more easily, and it's gonna hold back the highlights, so they're not as overexposed. So you can see the subtle differences here in these examples of how it would work. And if we look at the history Graham, you can see what it's doing is it's Raising. The shadows of the dark area is not a stark, and the highlights are not as close to the right edge of the hissed a gram, and that's going to potentially allow you a little bit more space to work with your subject. Exposure wise in post production. Normally, this is the type of thing that you could leave off but adjust as necessary if you are shooting with JPEG images. Next up is WiFi function. You can connect up your camera to a smartphone and control it remotely seen what the camera sees, and this is something that will be playing with and looking more closely at when we get to the menu section later in this class. Next up is we have a shortcut to the custom controls, as I've been mentioning many times so far in this class, the camera has a lot of buttons and dials that you can customize according to what you want that button to do. And so we have a lot of different options in here. And so if you want toe access them quickly, you can do that through the quick menu. Right here. The autofocus operation is controlled in here. We were just talking about this on the back of the camera. There's a button on the back, over on the right hand side that controls this button, but if you want to access it here, it is also here, selecting between the area that you are focusing, we have our focus area. This was seen before when we were in the multi function, setting up on the top of the camera. But this is controlling how the camera focuses, and so the main options are one shot where it focuses on a subject and stops focusing and servo, which is a continuous focusing for tracking action in moving subjects. The metering mode in controls the way that the camera reads light as it's coming in for the exposure, so there's a couple of different options. One of the most popular is the evaluative metering system, uses 384 zones It's essentially a whole bunch of spot meters that is evaluating the different light. And it's balancing out the highlights in the shadows so that you get an even exposure in the widest variety of scenarios. It tends to do the best job. We then have a partial meter, which is kind of a fat spot area. If you want to concentrate most of the light pretty near the middle of frame, you can use the partial meter or the spot meter with just just a little bit tighter oven area. So if you want to read the light in a very constrained area, you could do that with a spot meter. The more traditional center weighted meter is kind of this big fat area looking at the center of the frame and could be good with general purpose subjects. But I think for most people, the evaluative metering, the multi segment metering system, is going to be the most versatile and accurate in the whitest range of situations. Next up is the drive mode. We talked about this before, back up with the multi function button on the top of the camera, controlling what happens when you press all the way down on the shutter release Single mode is gonna be fine for most situations and then moving over to continuous for those faster action situations. Then we get to our image quality. This is a very important setting here. This is controlling the type of files that you are recording, and the basic options are either J peg or raw, and there is a combination of doing both. So let's look at what happens with these different options in here. To start with, we have raw. If you want to get the best image quality and have the most versatility after the fact, you'd wanna shoot raw, you're going to get 30 megapixels of information. It's gonna be about a 31 megabyte file, and it's gonna give you a lot of great information. And this camera is the first of the cannon full frame cameras to offer a compressed raw and so this is still 30 megapixels of information. So you're still getting all the information off the entire sensor. You're having full control over exposure and white balance like you would over a raw image, but it is about half the size of the regular raw And so this is a very curious thing that makes a lot of photographers a little suspicious. So it's just a good but half is expensive. Half it has half the size that sounds too good to be true. Well, I read it through some tests, and I'll be showing you those tests in just a moment. It actually works out quite well. Is the short the short answer? And so it's a really good system for reducing file size but still retaining all the good information of a raw file. Next up, we have our J peg settings. We have large, medium and small, which is different resolutions. If you are shooting JPEG for most things, I would recommend shooting in the highest quality large setting that gives you the most resolution in the most detail for your photographs. If you do know that you are on Lee needing a smaller or medium size amount of information, you can shoot those smaller and medium sized J pegs in the camera and reduce your file. Size is increasing the number of photos that you can store in a memory card or a hard drive, but for most people, I'm gonna recommend the compressed raw or, at the very least, a large J peg. And I'll be showing you those compressed, raw example when we get into the menu section, where we can choose what type of compression were using on the raw. And that is our image quality settings, which ends up being our last item in the quick control other than the return button. And so the screen is touch sensitive. So you can either use the controller on the back of the camera to navigate your way around and select items, or you can actually be punching on the screen itself. And if you just kind of want to get out of it, you hit the return and the eagle back to the standard mode.

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!