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Canon 7D Mark II Fast Start

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Basic Controls of the Canon 7D Mark II

John Greengo

Canon 7D Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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3. Basic Controls of the Canon 7D Mark II
Get a complete tour of all the buttons and all the dials on the Canon® 7D Mark II DSLR camera.

Lesson Info

Basic Controls of the Canon 7D Mark II

Time to get into the controls on this camera so we're going to be going around doing a tour of the camera, going through all the buttons and all the dials before we get into any particular controlling it on its own first off you want to have the camera turned on? Obviously the shutter release button is not only for taking pictures but it's also for kind of activating and waking the camera up cameras are no good if the batteries are dead, so cameras need to be very efficient about how they use power so they often shut down fairly quickly and right now my camera is sleeping everybody be quiet, it's sleeping and if I try to turn a dial, nothing is going on on the camera. But if I press halfway down, the camera wakes up and you can start making changes. So first off is wake your camera by pressing halfway down that's also going to activate the focusing system and the media ring system and then of course will press all the way down to take the picture and so just get used to that halfway fe...

el on the camera because you'll need to be kind of actively going for that when you were preparing to take a photo next up on the camera is the main control dial, which is the top dial on the cameras, so if there's something to change that generally the first dial to go to it doesn't do any one thing in particular there's a lot of different things depending on the mod that you are in, there is an equally important or slightly less so quick control dial on the back of the camera and I frequently apologize I will often just call it the back dial uh the official name is the quick controlled ill and it could get bumped on there and there's a lock switch for that there is a little button up above it it's called the multi controller and it's a lot it's there for two main reasons one is for changing, focusing points it allows you to push the focusing point up to the side down and all around it's also used for navigating throughout the menu and it's used in a few other areas as well. But just be aware that it's a little eight way controller like a joystick on a video game the set button is kind of like the return or in turkey on a computer for entering a function if you're in the menu system, so we'll be using that for a number of features in the camera as well because the back dial is in a place that it can get bumped and it's a very important setting on some settings of the camera there is a lock button on the bottom of the camera and for this class I would encourage you to push it to the left to unlock it so that all the controls are accessible and they work all right so what we're gonna do is we're going to start on the top deck of the camera go around take a little tour and talk about everything that is up there so first up the on off switch when you do flip the camera on the camera does go through an automatic censor cleaning cycle it has the ultrasonic vibration system that it uses to try to shake dust off of the sensor dust on the sensor can be a major problem with a digital camera because it blocks the light getting into the sensor and results in small little dark spots on the final picture and so this camera is using a system that cannon's been using for several years now and is very effective but it's not one hundred percent perfect because dust can still get into the camera and I will talk about sensor cleaning when we get to the sensor cleaning section in the menu portion of this class I mentioned before about the shutter release just pressing it halfway down on that will allow you to wake the camera up and the camera just has a little curiosity note has a shutter lifecycle of two hundred a thousand firings and what this means is that the camera is expected to last at least two hundred thousand shots the previous camera, the seven d, I believe, was one hundred fifty thousand. So it's. Twenty five percent better than in the previous camera.

Class Description

The Canon® 7D Mark II is a complex and powerful camera – learn everything you need to know to get the most out it in this Fast Start with John Greengo.

Through engaging visuals and easy-to-understand lessons, John will provide you with a complete introduction to your camera’s features and functions. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Navigate and customize the menus
  • Use the 65-point autofocus system
  • Take advantage of the video capabilities
  • Make use of your customization options.

If you are considering investing in the Canon 7D Mark II or want to get the most out of the one you already own, The Fast Start Canon 7D Mark II tutorial will empower you with all the information you need.


Kanoelani Patenaude

I am a pro photographer in my dreams, where I know the in's and out's of my camera; however, reality proved differently, as real life would tell you, I was a deer caught in headlights just looking at my new 7D Mark II. I am a photographer enthusiast without the skills, but a lot of love for the moments one, or the profession/hobby of it can capture. I mostly shoot my husband, friends, and community surfers in the lineup, and of course, my children, who rarely sit still. Thus, I switched from Nikon to Canon, venturing on the 7D Mark II for the grand reviews of how stellar of camera it is for action shots (surfing, and kids, this was a no brainer). That said, and overwhelmed with the way beyond my skill set, but noted desire and aspiration to grow, I made the purchase, and sought help rather quickly as I wanted to feel confident with what I was utilizing to capture the best memories possible. I came into this CL course knowing the "on/off" button, and "auto" shoot mode. I came out of the course feeling like the pro in my dreams, and ready to shoot manual. John's teaching style is on point, and his detailed visuals are a huge plus. So impressed, I purchased, John's photography starter kit, and was even more blown away. My first shots post that course, I thought were great for my first educated shoot, and shockingly, I even received and email from one of the sponsors of the surfers I captured, asking if they could use my image for their sites and publications. Not bad for a newbie. Though, my intent was never a business purpose, I did not know if I should charge a small fee, or give it for free. I don't mind free as it's not my business, yet I don't want to ruin it for any photographers in town doing the same thing that are charging. Perhaps another course to help me with that. I highly recommend courses by John Greengo! Thank you so much, John!


I bought my 7D Mkii the week it was introduced as an upgrade to my old 20D. I immediately noticed what a huge step up it was and to be honest was a little overwhelmed by all of the options and customisations available. In the year I've owned it I've managed to pick up a lot but I still felt there was a lot in there that I wasn't making the best use of. John's course has filled in the missing pieces and I now feel a lot more confident that I will be able to get the best out of this amazing camera.

J.R. Link

John's coverage of the Canon 7D Mod II was excellent. It helped immensely in understanding the myriad of choices available in this camera. I would recommend this course to any user of the 7D Mod II. camera. The only comment I would make is that it might be helpful if John didn't assume that we all are sports photographers. Some hints for other types of photographers would be a great addition to an already excellent course.