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Lesson 6 from: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Fast Start

John Greengo

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6. Play Back Menu

Sure, clicking that arrow button to move through the photos you shot is easy, but what about using dials to flip through images quickly, new touchscreen controls, or rating images so that same rating pops up in Lightroom? Learn it all with the nitty gritty on the play back menu.

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Play Back Menu

Let's jump down to the playback button, because you'll notice that it's a blue button and on Canon cameras, blue buttons deal with playback and features in the playback options. So you press that, it's gonna play back the most recent image, of course. If you wanna get rid of it, that's why the erase button is there. After that, you've got the dial on the back for going forward and backward through your images. The front dial can be used for either jumping forward 10 or back 10 images. And so if you shoot a lot of images and you're trying to show pictures from a week ago, rather than going through every image, you're gonna do it a lot quicker with that one with jump 10. You can rate your images and I've always thought this was a bit of a joke, but it's actually quite valuable if you wanna get a little head start on your editing. And you know that that was the good one right there, you can give it two stars or three stars and then you'll actually see that when you download it into Canon ...

software or into general programs like Photoshop and Lightroom and a variety of other ones as well. And then you can go in and magnify images as well. And you can control that magnification with the main dial on the camera, going in and out and then you'll be able to use the joystick to help navigate around. So let's go ahead and take a quick look on the back of the camera. I have not taken many exciting photos today, but hit playback, we see our images in here. And then of course, we can zoom in and if I want to zoom in more, I can zoom in and I can move my framing around and I can zoom back right here. Now as I mentioned the touch screen, we also have the touch screen on here. And so you can see images that we've shot with this. And one of the cool things, and this is a little bit of a ... Well we can zoom in, okay. We love that don't we. But here's the cool thing, if you use two fingers, actually, you can swipe 10 images at a time. I don't have that many images on here. What I found is that if you put two fingers really close together, it thinks it's one big, fat finger. But if you separate your fingers a little bit, it tends to want to do the 10 jump a little bit more quickly. And so two finger for 10 swipe and we'll be able to customize that a little bit later. So that's a little bit on that part right there. Alright, so there is this very cool two image display and I don't see a lot of people using this. Well I don't see a lot of people playing back images all the time. But this is a little bit quirky but there's some neat things that you can do. Once you hit this, you get to see two images on the back of the camera. There will be some on-screen controls. If you press the set button, that orange box moves from left to right and you can scroll through and you can find different images to find out which image do I want to compare the first one with. Then if you press the magnify button, you can zoom in and see more closely. You can change the magnification, of course, with the top dial and then if you want to navigate back to the first image, you can copy that magnification to see how they look in a side-by-side comparison. And so this morning, I wanna show you a little demo here, I took some pictures of Alex. Let's get to our first picture. Let's go back to picture number one, right here. And I want to compare this with some other images. I want to find the best portrait possible in this case. So I'm gonna press the two image display. I'm gonna turn off the info, just because I want to see the image as clearly as possible, right there. And so now I'm gonna hit the set button, so I can flip over to the right image. And now I can scroll through different images to see which image is the best portrait. Now if I want, I'll go back to the first image and I'm going to magnify and I want to make sure that my portrait is sharp. So is this one sharp? It's looking pretty sharp. And I'm gonna switch over here and I'm gonna hit the Q button and that makes the second image zoomed in as much as the first image. And so now I can tell, is this one sharp? Like here's one, clearly I wasn't sharp on that image and so that one looks pretty sharp there and I can zoom back and forth. And maybe I like that expression or maybe I don't, but it's a very handy way of being able to jump back and forth, magnify and then getting the best sharpness that we want. And so I think it's a very good tool when you have very similar images and you're trying to judge which one is best. I mean, when they're not zoomed in, I can tell you which expressions I like, but sharpness-wise, I want to jump in and see which one is the sharpest as well. And so I think that's a very handy feature. I would say get familiar with that on your camera. The info button can be pressed at any time in the playback mode, to change the amount of information that you see. Often I just want to look at no information, but sometimes I need that technical information about shutter speed, aperture and so forth. Now the shooting info display down at the bottom is unique. And this is fantastic because now we're gonna use the joystick and we're gonna be able to scroll through several bits of data with each of our images. And you can just kind of leave it at the one that you like and change it as often as you need to. And there is all sorts of things that you will have on here, depending on what you have set up on your camera. And so, when you get to that image with the small image, the screen with the small image, scroll up and down to go through all the other different settings that you have set on your camera. It's a great way to dig in how you actually took that photo. The Q button on the back of the camera, in the playback mode, allows you to go in and tweak a lot of your images that you've already taken. Now we're not gonna spend much time on this, but these are all things that we're going to see, for the most part, when we get into the playback menu of the camera. But this is a shortcut in order to get in there and do this right here and easily. I wanna do a little demo here. And so what I'm gonna do, is I'm gonna first off, I'm gonna switch my camera and I wanna shoot a raw photo real quickly. So that it's shooting a raw image right now and zoom in and I really don't care what the image is, we're just shooting a photo. And actually, that's a little too terrible of a photo, I want it to be an actual photo. Alright, so there's my photo. So I'm gonna playback this image right now. Get it a little steadier there. Now I'm gonna hit the Q button, alright. So now I can navigate to all these different features in here. I can use the touch screen as well, yes, of course I can use the touch screen. But I want you to see my screen. So what I want to do is I'm gonna take an image that was shot as a raw, but I'm out in the field, I'm traveling, I don't have my normal computer and software for changing from raw to jpeg and I want to make a few adjustments. And so in this, I'm gonna want to change it to a raw. And I have two options on this. I can use the settings that I had on the camera or I can make more settings myself. This is Photoshop in the camera folks. Alright, so let's make a few settings. Alright, now what can we do? Well we can change the brightness level. So let's say we wanna make this, do we wanna make it darker, let's make it a little darker and make it more saturated. So that's our brightness setting right there. And we can see it brighter and so we're taking the raw image and we're making it brighter or darker. We're gonna come down, can we change the white balance? Let's just change it to tungsten lighting, no that looks terrible. Okay, let's just leave it on daylight. Alright and actually, that is looking a little bit too dark, I'm gonna make it a little bit brighter than average. I'm gonna make it one stop overexposed, why, I don't know. We could change our picture styles in here and we could change the way the exact look. We could change it to a portrait setting, I'm not gonna change all of these, but you can see there's a number of things. Oh, let's see, I'm gonna email this image, a 6,700 pixel image is a little large for email, so I'm gonna change it down to a small size, which is just 3,300 pixels across. For lens aberration correction, yeah, let's go ahead and throw on some distortion correction. And if I didn't want to do this, I could hit return, but I want to save this and I'm gonna save this as a new file. Okay, so I've just saved this new image. So now when I go back and play an image, we're gonna have two images, let me pull up some information here, and so this is a small image that I have adjusted. This is the original raw image. And so this is Photoshop in work, in your camera. It's not Photoshop, it's trademark, I don't have permission to use it, it's adjusting your images. But in any case, if you need to tweak in your camera, you could do it. Now personally, I've never done this, but, it's nice to know that you can get in there and do that, because I can see a need for it. Not everybody who has this camera always has their computer and all their software with them, to make those adjustments. And so handy little feature, nice.

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John is such a fabulous educator. Well spoken, knowledgeable and he presents with such clarity and easy, it makes listening that much more enjoyable. I would highly recommend taking this class and any of his classes dealing with photography. HE simplifies the menu system and buttons on the camera in this course that would be painstakingly long if you tried it on your own. I have watched this video 2-3 times know and each time I go back, I learn a little more. Being able to drop into any of the main topics with easy, not having to watch and search for your desired info is so convenient. I will never buy another camera without checking to see if John has completed a review on it........I trust his opinion. Thanks John......I am a fan.

Ralph Somma

I was reluctant to purchase this course because I already have the Instruction Manual that came with the 5D Mark IV and am committed to reading it in it's entirely. Nevertheless, after watching a preview of the course, I decide to buy it so I could view it at my leisure, pause and rewind it as needed. I am so glad I did. John Greengo's teaching method is clear and concise. He presents the material in a way that makes it interesting and enjoyable to learn. His effective use of visuals and demonstrations makes understanding every important function of the 5D Mark IV a breeze. I look forward to implementing what I've learned, his recommendations and tweaking the camera's settings to suit my own needs and preferences. Now as I trudge through all 600+ pages of the manual, I'm confident I will more easily grasp the camera's 100+ settings and can always refer back to the course if necessary.


First I have to say that I wanted this camera before it was even released. I had taken some of John's fast start courses and I had some questions regarding this camera vs. the 5D mark III and 7D mark II that I was using at that time. I emailed John and got an "out of office/out on location response". I put it out of my mind assuming that when John Greengo was back in the office, he'd have hundreds of emails waiting and my little question would get lost in the shuffle. I was delighted to receive a response a few weeks later. I was even more delighted when he released this fast start course. I did end up buying the 5D mark IV (love it) and had a pretty good handle on using it. This class opened up some new doors in how to use all of the features and customize things to suit my needs. I can never recommend John's classes enough. He explains things in an easy yet technical way that is useful to both beginners and seasoned photographers!

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