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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 19 of 19

Camera Operations


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 19 of 19

Camera Operations


Lesson Info

Camera Operations

All right, folks, Time for the grand finale of the class. And so here in the camera setting sections, I'm gonna talk about the basics that you want to go through now that we've talked through all of the different individual settings and operations on this camera. So when you're going out with this camera, first thing obviously want to get that battery charge probably want to go out with the reformatted memory cards. You got a lot of space on their good line of communication. Make sure that your image quality is set the way that you want it to. Hopefully that raw, that compressed raw, I think is really good. Make sure that the general settings in the menu aren't in some sort of corky place. Maybe you go to my menu and check out just to make sure what those critical items are that you think are most important or set properly. If you're gonna be shooting a big event or you're gonna be going on a big trip, you probably want to check your sensor by photographing a white sheet of paper or a ...

white wall at F 22 and looking at the exposure and see if there's any black spots and get that sensor clean before you take off on that big shoot. The main controls that we're gonna be using on this camera are going to be available right on the outside of the camera. Easy to reach things, controlling our exposure. We have that multi function, which is where we have a lot of options available. And then that focus area on the back corner with your right thumb is easy to access. So those are the controls that most people change on a regular basis. So let's look at how he would set thes for different types of photography. And so these are settings that we're gonna be doing for basic photography we're going to start with. So this is super simple photography. And so this is almost handing the camera to somebody who doesn't know about how the camera works. How would we said it? So the program mode is a nice, simple mode where the camera is controlling shutter speeds and apertures for you with the I s. So if you want it to be a simple it's possible, you can set it to auto, and it will take care of the entire exposure formula. Keep an eye on exposure compensation adjusted as necessary for lighter or darker subjects. White balance at auto will take care of most scenarios quite well adjusted. Necessary F operation One shot is for static subjects that are not moving around too much. That'll work in most situations for the focus area. The Zone A F is choosing a large area to focus. It's pretty simple. Don't have to be too particular about where it's pointed at it, saying they have a lot of areas and opportunities to pick up on different levels of contrast. And then the drive mode in single so that you can shoot one shot at a time. So this is a really good, very, very simple set up. All right, let's get a bit more specific with landscape photography. So in these cases it's helpful to have a tripod because we're gonna be shooting with more depth of field, which usually ends up being slow. Shutter speeds are subjects are static, so we're not too worried about things moving around when it comes to focusing either. So in this case, I would probably start with manual exposure because you can shoot photos, do a test shot, see if it's the right exposure and shoot another one to get it right. One of the most important settings is getting the I S O set toe so that you get the most in cleanest amount of information on the sensor. You'll probably want a fair bit of depth of field F eight F 22. Something in that range would make sense. When you do that much, step the field. You're probably going to end up at a slower shutter speed. And so the shutter speed it's more. It's not an exact number, but a general range that you might be. In a lot of times. You do end up around 1/30 of a second, which is why it's handy to have a tripod next up with white balance. Auto is fine. Adjust as necessary for focusing, since your subject is not moving around, One shot allows you to focus in one area recomposed if necessary for focus area. The one point autofocus allows you to be very precise. In fact, you might want even choose the small one point so that you could be extremely accurate in your choice of where you're focusing. And for the drive mode, either the single or the two second self timer would make sense. If you're with the single, you probably want to be using one of the remote releases for the cameras so that you're not actually touching the camera and vibrating it while it's at that relatively slow shutter speed. And that will get you a very sharp picture that has great depth of field. Alright, let's try a little portrait photography. So now we're probably not gonna be on a tripod. Were photographing humans, pets, animals. I consider all that portrait photography, and you're going to need to be a little bit more careful about your shutter speed selection and possibly you're focusing selection. So in these cases, I to also like to work with manual in this matter, shooting some test shots, making sure it's dialed in right so I can shoot a hole. Siri's with even exposures. In this case, you probably want to make sure that you have a shutter speed fast enough to stop normal human motion. 125th of a second would be a safe shutter speed to be happy. I would prefer to be probably at a shallow depth of field so that you were separating your subject from the background and I would prefer to be working with lowest I s o possible. But I'm willing to budge on that and use a higher eso if necessary. We're not using exposure compensation, cause we're working in full manual in this mode here, auto white balance adjust is necessary as long as your subjects not moving around the one shot focus will allow you to focus, lock and recompose into a different composition. And so, for focus area, you could either use thief face and tracking system, which will automatically pick up on faces. And that could be very easy to work with. If you prefer to work with a single point, you probably want to choose the smallest one point area that you can and focus on the nearest I and then for the drive mode, single mode is probably gonna be fine so that you can shoot one photo at a time. Next up, let's do a little action photography. So obviously we're gonna need faster shutter speeds and we're going to need a focusing system that tracks this action back and forth. So once again, I do like to be in manual. That way I contest my exposures, make sure they're right and get lots of photos that have consistent results. In this case, you want a faster shutter speed, um, 1 25 or faster, depending on what you're doing. Five hundred's good for fast human action. This is when the faster aperture lens is like a 2. lens will really come in handy. And so that's where they really pay their dividends. I would prefer to be at the lowest I e isso, but with faster shutter speeds, you end up being at higher ISO, so it's not uncommon to be it. I s 0 400 When you're outside on a decently, let day auto white balance change if necessary. One of the most important settings is the A F operation. Changing this to the servo mode. This way, the camera will track movement back and forth and constantly be focusing. When you press halfway down on the shutter release or on the A F button on the back of the camera for focusing area, you're probably going to need a little bit larger area so that you can keep your subject within the focusing brackets. I like the zone or the expand area around, which gives you think it's like nine plus one. It's like 10 points of focus depends on how erratic the movement is and then finally having the motor drive on the continuous motor drive so that you can get a series of shots and camera will shoot at, I believe, five frames a second. If you have it in continuous focus and continuous shooting, you should be able to capture a good Siri's good collection of action shots with that set up. All right, our final one is basic photography. This is where you may not know what the next shot you're gonna take is and you just want your camera set up for a general purpose mode. Alright, so I've always recommended aperture priority here. But you know what? That new flexible priority gives you a lot of options so that you can almost set anything in manual and anything automatic. So this would be a good place to experiment with that type of set up in this case, all set a bit of ah, middle aperture. I'll adjust as necessary. According to the scenario, I'll keep my eye eso lo unless I'm needing faster shutter speeds on and then I'll bump it up as light and shutter speeds dictate. I'll keep an eye on the exposure compensation. I'll set it if necessary, but generally I'll keep it at zero. Auto White Balance works most of the time, and for stationary shots, one shot servo is going to serve a lot of purposes. For focus area. Choosing the one point allows you to be pretty specific about where you are. Putting that point allows you to be very precise about what you're getting in focus and how you're composing it. And then finally putting the drive on single. This allows you get one shot at a time, and I think this is a good, basic set up kind of a reset position for your camera for its standard position. If you are interested in connecting up with me on my website, pretty easy to figure out. John gringo dot com. You can also connect up with me on Facebook and Instagram Love to see your work on there as well. If you are interested in my other classes. I have a large number of him here. A creative live just recorded a new travel photography class. And so if you are interested in some travel work, I've completely revamped that class and put a brand new one together. And so that's one of my favorite latest classes that I have done. So if you've followed from the very beginning, I congratulate you. I now crown you an expert in the canon EOS are hopefully you will learn, like I have to appreciate this camera more than others out there because I think this has a lot of innovative features, and it just requires a little bit of knowledge, a little bit of practice. And once you get the camera out there, it's just an extension of your own eyes and your hands when you're operating. And so I really like the system. I think you'll enjoy it, and I wish you the best luck in your photography

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!