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Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 1 of 19

Class Introduction


Canon EOS R Fast Start

Lesson 1 of 19

Class Introduction


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

welcome everybody to the canon. EOS are fast Start. My name is John Gringo And in this class we're gonna be covering pretty much all the functions of the canon. Eos are obviously a very groundbreaking camera for Canon because it's their first full frame muralist camera and they've added a lot of new innovative features to this camera. We have a new mount, we have new sets of lenses and we have a lot of different controls than on previous canon cameras. And so if you're migrating from one of their DSLR cameras, you're going to notice a fair number of changes. There's a lot of similarities, but there are a lot of changes in a lot of new things. So we're gonna go around, do a tour of the outside of the camera, all the buttons and dials, talk about what they do and what the functions are, and then we're gonna dive into the menu system and we're just gonna walk through the entire menu system, and I'm gonna be telling you what the items do and how you might set them up for different types of...

photography and where you might want to set them for your type of photography. When we get into the menu section, let's give me real handy to have my recommended settings guide here. This is where I've taken the entire menu and have put it out on one or two pages so that you can see everything nice and clearly. And I've given you my recommendations for a good starting point, where to have things set in the camera, and so that will be helpful when we get to that second half of the class of the menu section. So before we get really going into the class here, I thought I'd give you a couple of thoughts that I have about this camera. And I've been trying to think about how I would introduce this for quite some time because this did hit and there was a lot of publicity and a lot of talk and a lot of camera reviews and a lot of commotion about this camera when it came out. And I think it's easiest just to summarize this. It is that this is the most misunderstood camera out on the market today. I would have to say that in general the reviews were kind of lukewarm. A lot of people didn't take super kindly to it, and I've been spending several months with the camera now. Obviously, I dove into everything that it can dio, and I did have to get adjusted to some new things. And I think a lot of people have taken this the wrong way because it's a cannon. It's a full frame camera. It has a 30 many megapixel sensor. So a lot of people just assumed it was a Canon five D Mark four in a mere list form and they were disappointed. And yeah, that's a good camera. But that's not what this is about, and they should be judging it just on what it is. And I think the other thing is, is that Cannon may have gone too far on this camera. When industries changed technologies like when cars go electric, you can't make too many radical changes. You scare off the people and I think they made a lot of changes that kind of scared some people. But once you dive into these features and you really learn how they work, you start seeing the genius in it. And so I'm really quite happy with this camera. I think it's one of the best cameras ever made. It's one of the best cameras out of the market. It's one of the best blogging cameras. It's one of the best general photography cameras. It's not the best sports and action camera cause the focusing isn't quite as fast as it is on a five d mark for some of the other sports related canon cameras. But for a general purpose camera, it's really good. And then you add, on top of that fact, the lenses and the quality of the lenses that are coming out for this. It's really a compelling offer. And so this is, I think, a start of a very good system for Canada. And for those of you who own it, uh, let's get to learn this camera so you can find out the genius on the inside. All right, so here's what I have planned for the class. We've got a few different sections. We're gonna start with a little class overview. Maybe you're new to Canon. Just some basics about this camera. We're going to, ah, few minutes on photo basics for people who are stepping up getting into their first serious camera and then the vast majority of the class is the camera controls and the menu section. So we're gonna go through all the buttons, all the dials, and then go through the entire menu system and help you set your camera up for the best operation possible. And then finally will in the whole thing off with a little camera operation where I kind of summarize the most important settings for different types of photography. So should give you a full complete view of this camera by the end of the class. Now this class is not intended to tell you everything that is in the instruction manual. There's a lot of valuable information in the instruction manual, and I've tried to pull out everything that is important to most photographers and put it into this class. I go through that instruction manual Paige by Paige, pulling out what I think are all the important relevant details. But there is still some things in there that you may need to access a reference, and so don't quite throw it away just yet. Additionally, this is a camera class. We're gonna be talking about this camera, which is used for taking photos, but it's not specifically a photography class. If you are interested in photography classes, there are many of them out there. I have a couple of them. I have a short one called the Photography Starter Kit for beginners. I have a more in depth one called the Fundamentals of Photography. And so if you want to know more about shutter speed, aperture lighting, composition and so forth, we're not going to be talking about that very much in this class because this camera has enough to talk about on its own. And so, if you want to conquer, the rest of the world of photography, might want to start with these other two classes. So if you are new to cannon, a cannon has obviously been around for a very long time. They have started making SL ours way back in 1934 and they were very amateur basic sl ours. Then they started getting into more the professional game in the 19 seventies, and in 1987 they went auto focus, and this is an important break point because these air the oldest lenses that you can possibly use on this particular camera, go back to 1987 you will need an adapter, and I will talk more about lenses as we go further into the class. In 2000 they went digital, and then in 2012 they brought out their first muralist camera. But that was the crop frame version of it. And then, in 2018 they finally brought out this camera, which introduces their full frame muralist lineup, which looks to be their mainstream line going forward. So the Canon Eos system is now broken into four distinct parts, and it's good to know what these four parts are. The DSLR system has been the one that's been going since 1987 or at least the SLR part of it. Digital roughly 2000. We have full frame versions and crop frame versions, and there is a little bit of a distinction on lenses, but they do share some lenses back and forth between them. Then they have the mirror Elice crop frame system, and now they have introduced the full frame system. And so there is limited compatibility between the lenses on all of the system. There is some in some directions, and I'll get into that later when we talk about lenses. But this is the four different sections of canon cameras available today. As far as the care in handling of the camera. It is a well built camera. It's ah has a magnesium Alloway body on it. It has a very durable shutter unit, one of the ways they rate how long a camera is expected to last. It's up a 200,000 cycles, which is professional in that quality. Remember for quite a period of time. Your basic camera had a shutter durability of 50, firings, but they've been going up and up asses. They've been getting better and design. The camera does have quite a bit of weather ceiling on it. It's not waterproof, and so you got to be careful a little bit with heavy downpours of rain. They say it's not waterproof, but it is designed to be dust and drip resistant. Unfortunately, they don't get much more specific than that. They do have a lot of weather ceiling. They do have a lot of indications of where they have high precision parts. And to be honest with you, I would pretty much think everything in This camera is a high precision part, so I'm not sure exactly what they're referring to there. But I thought it was interesting. All right, so let's make sure that your camera is ready for today's class. You want to make sure that you have a charged battery takes about 2.5 hours to charge that you'll need a lens on your camera and on the side of your lands is probably a little A F and M F sweats. You want to have that in the auto focus mode. You'll want Tokyo card in the camera so that it works properly. Turn the camera on and the mode dials a little different than we've had on most canon cameras. And so on this one, you press the mode and turn the dial. And if you just go to the auto plus mode, that is gonna be the most simple mode for just taking a practice picture and then press down on the shutter release to take a photo and hopefully your cameras working. And if it's so, then you are ready for the remainder of this class

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!