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Set Up Menu

Lesson 22 from: Canon EOS 6D Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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22. Set Up Menu

Lesson Info

Set Up Menu

So in the setup menu we're gonna be controlling a lot of the little nuances of the way the camera is set. So first up, when you are recording images to the memory card, you can create and select different folders. Perhaps you have a business folder and a personal folder, and you're doing slideshows and you don't want the two photos to overlap. You could create those folders, and this is the alternate route, you could also just have different memory cards, but if you wanted to have one memory card, you could put all of that on two different memory cards. The file numbering system that is recording the images, diving into a little menu here, you can control the numbering system as far as continuous, so that it continues just cycling from 0001 all the way up to ten thousand and then back to one. You can have it automatically reset every time you change the, reformat the card or change the card in the camera. Most people leave it on continuous that way they have less images that have dupli...

cate file names. You can manually go in and reset it at any specific time, or you could set specific numbers as well. Not something that most people go in and tweak with on their camera, but is possible. Auto rotate, kind of interesting here, do you want it to rotate images on the computer or on the computer and the camera? I think it's really good to have them rotate on the computer, but on the camera, not so much so. If you don't have them rotate on the camera, you can simply turn the camera 90 degrees and see that image in a much larger size, and so if you wanna be able to see your images as clearly as possible, just choose the on computer option and then it will simply rotate images when they are downloaded to your computer. After you have used a card and you wanna clear it off of all the data, you wanna format the card. That deletes the images, the directory, and all the other files that might be on that particular card, and so it's something that I recommend doing anytime you're going out on a new, big shoot. This camera also has a low level format, which is just a deeper cleansing level, on it, and so I often leave that checked off as well. The format process will take a little bit longer but it will do a better job cleaning that card off of all the data, which will improve the communication skills it has with the camera, and it's less likely to hang up at some point in the future with some sort of errant communication problems. So it's a good practice to do in the long term for the camera. Wireless communication settings, alright folks, it's gonna get a little dangerous here, 'cause we're gonna do a wifi set up where you can use your phone or smart tablet, or device, to operate and control your camera and download images wirelessly from your camera to your phone, and so there's a lot of things going on here. We're gonna do one demo in here, but let's go through a few of the options that are available. First up, under wifi settings in here, we're gonna have the option of going into more wifi, and disabling or enabling the system. Now I'm a big fan of wifi, I love wifi very, very, it makes life very, very easy for wanting to hop on a computer and jump on the internet. When it comes to the camera's wifi system, I am less of a fan. I think it's a nice little tool to have, but I don't like it turned on all the time, because then it's gonna waste battery power in the camera and in the phone, and so it's not something that most people are gonna wanna just leave turned on. It's something you turn on for a specific purpose. In here, you also have the NFC connection options. So this is a near field communication, some devices have this, some do not, and what will happen is just as you get that device near the camera, they will be able to communicate, and so a little different system here, those of you who have that device will wanna turn it on and give it a try, when you wanna use it. Normally you can leave it disabled. Probably gonna wanna have a password turned on just to keep your photos and all your other data secret from everyone else. You can show your connection history with which devices you've hooked up before. If you wanna hide that, you can, but most likely just wanna be able to show that. If you wanna know the address of the device, you may need this. Most people are not gonna need this, it's just other information for those that do. So those are some of your wifi settings, the wifi function is how you choose what type of device you set it up to. Now you can actually set this up to transfer to another camera of the sorts. So another 6D Mark II, you could have a picture to picture sharing between the two cameras. You can send it off to a computer that is using an EOS utility so that it can automatically be uploaded to the web, but it does have to be running that EOS utility. You can send things wirelessly to printer, or even upload to a web service with the right devices. What most people are thinking about doing is hooking up to a smartphone, so that's what I'm gonna talk about. I'm gonna walk you through the process of the steps you need to take, and then I'm gonna try to follow those steps myself and see if we can get this camera hooked up to my phone so I can use it as a remote control device. If you wanna do this, there is a number of tasks that you need to do with your camera and with your phone. The first thing that you need to do, is you need to download the Canon app called Canon Camera Connect. Now this has changed over the years and it might change somewhere down the road as well. So whatever the current Canon camera wifi option is, is probably what you're gonna want here. Now as we go through this list, there are a number of items that you have to do once and only once, 'cause it's the first time hooking the camera up between the camera and the phone, and once they get to know each other, they're best friends and they know how to communicate with the simplest of interchanges, and so we're gonna kinda try to do the full setup from the beginning when we go through our demo here in just a moment. Alright, with your camera you need to go in and you need to turn on your wifi system. You need to register a nickname. You need to go into the wifi function on the phone, which is where we were just at for a moment. Then you'll see here in a moment all these other steps that I'm gonna take, I need to register that device, press do not display, note the encryption key which is the password, and then hit connect, okay, and I know there's a lot of steps in here and all I can say is I didn't write the process here, I'm just trying to figure it out. I wish it was just a one, two, three process myself. Next up, on your phone you need to make sure that wifi is turned on, that obviously has to work. You have to select the wifi signal that is emanating out of the camera. Enter in the password, open up the camera app and select the camera, and you'll be just about ready to go from there. You need to make sure that you press okay on the camera, and from there you go back to your phone and then you can start playing with all the different options on it. So you can select the different functions, you can shoot, you can download images and so forth, and we're gonna leave this up on the screen so I can follow my own instructions, and now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna pull out my phone and I am gonna try to hook all this up. So the first thing I'm gonna wanna do is go into my camera and I wanna go in and hook up the wifi system. Which is wireless communication settings, hit set there. Under wifi settings, gotta a lot of things grayed out here, and that's because I have this disabled, and so I'm going to enable this and we're gonna register a nickname, and so the nickname for this camera is EOS6D2, and if I wanna change it I can change it, but you know what? I'm perfectly satisfied with that nickname of the camera, so I'm gonna hit menu, okay, and then I will hit okay again, 'cause that's been selected and that's fine. I'm gonna come down here to NFC connection, enable. Actually, that's correct. Actually let me double check here, that's enable. Alright so I can back out of this now and I can come down to wifi functions, and what I wanna do is I wanna hook up to my phone. So I'm gonna click on phone, register a device for a connection, so it doesn't know about my phone yet. These are not friends yet, alright? So we're gonna press the set button, and we can use a QR code, and that's another way of doing it, I wanna do it the more manual way because the QR code system doesn't always work. This way does as long as you don't make a mistake. So I'm gonna press do not display, and so it's not searching for other phones, and it's got it's password right here, and don't worry about you copying that down at home, this is a one time password. So now I'm gonna go into my phone and I'm gonna go into my settings, and I'm gonna turn it off the airplane mode, 'cause I've been here in the studio recording, and I'm gonna turn on the wifi system, and here is the EOS6D2 camera here, and so that's the one I wanna select, because this is camera 616, that's probably something to do with the serial number on this particular one. I'm gonna select that, now I need to enter the password, and so this one is 8-8-1-4-5-0, pardon me while I take forever to do this, 1-0. I think that's it, I'm gonna press join. Hopefully this is gonna connect up and give me a check mark. There we go, that's good, and now what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna open up the Canon app. I have all my wifi apps down here, one little place. Canon right there at the top of the list, and so now it's coming up with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Yup, that's the camera I wanna connect to. I select that, ah, it's starting to recognize something, so I'm gonna press the okay button up here. It's establishing a connection, this all looks pretty good, folks. It's going pretty smoothly here. Now I'm gonna into remote live view shooting, and so now we can see exactly what the camera sees, and so if I wanted to get myself in the photo, what I would do is I would walk around over here, and I can stand in front of our prop table like this, and I can see exactly where I want myself to stand, and take a photo, I think. There we go, it's a slight delay sometimes, it's not always perfect. Alright, so I've taken a couple of photos with me, and if you wanna look here on the back, or at least around the phone, there's a number of different controls and I am not going to go through all the controls, but you can shoot still pictures, you can shoot movies, you can go into the little tool icon and you can go in and change some of the settings. You can come down here to the bottom and you can change your white balance, and your focusing modes, and you can turn on the motor drive if you wanna shoot a series of photographs. Variety of other controls that you can do in here. This changes from time to time as they update the app on this, I can go in here to the photo that I just took, right here, and so it's gone from my camera, it's sending it to my phone, or at least it's reading it from my camera right now, and if I want, let's see, what can we do? We can go back to here, we can go to images on the camera. We can see images that I've been taking with my camera. I can select an image, I can choose to download this image. It is now downloading this image, it's on my phone now. So I'm gonna open my phone app. I'm gonna disconnect from the camera, yeah, that's fine, and so I'm gonna jump into my photos and here is a photo that I just took of myself, and at this point I can upload this to wherever I might want to upload it at this time. There we go, it worked all in one step, that's pretty good. There was a few things that we had to jump through. Now the second time that you hook your camera up, it's gonna be a little bit easier, 'cause you don't have to type in the password, and you don't have to go through as many okay, confirm checks as we did the first time around, but if you can do that with your's the first, second time will be pretty quick and easy. The camera can make for a really interesting remote, because you can mount the camera in an unusual position and get a really good view of what your camera sees. I remember I had a Canon camera that has wifi like this, and I had the camera mounted really low to the ground, and I was trying to get pictures of people walking by, but it was really uncomfortable to lay down on the ground to get the shot, so I just have the camera down by my feet, and I was looking at my phone, taking pictures as the situation was just right in composition. There's a lot of very creative ways to do that. Normally I recommend leaving that stuff turned off, it uses lots of battery power in both cases. Both the phone's, and in the camera's itself. So use it as needed, but probably not more than that, 'cause it wears that battery down mighty quickly. So that is your wifi remote option. We have a few other ways of operating this as well, one option is with bluetooth function. There are some devices that use the NFC, some that use wifi, some that use bluetooth. Bluetooth is a low energy option, but it doesn't have as much range as the wifi, so you'll be limited as to how far away you can be on it. Quite interesting though, Canon has recently brought out a bluetooth remote, so using bluetooth technology, you can trigger your camera with the BR-E1. You may wanna check that one out, and so you can use this same technology for downloading images from the camera. I'm not gonna go through all the set up operations with bluetooth, it's very similar in function as far as what you can do. So you can pair them, you can check them, you can see the address and so forth, and so it's just a different way of connecting up with the device, and so normally, once again, you're gonna leave that disabled. You can specify images to send to a smartphone, and so if you have your phone in your pocket or something like that, you can just choose on your camera, hey I know you guys are connected up, send this picture over, I'm gonna deal with it later on the phone. You saw me being able to change the nickname of the camera, perhaps you have two of these cameras and you need to have a different name for it, camera A, camera B, or if you just wanna choose something very deceptive and unique, you can pick that as well and type that in, and then when you're all done, if you're selling your camera, if you just wanna reset everything back to the factory standards, you can go into clear settings and just clear everything out, and it forgets about all the different connections it's made before with the other phones.

Class Materials

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II - Recommended Settings
Keynote Part 1
Keynote Part 2
Keynote Part 3
Keynote Part 4

Ratings and Reviews

Warren Gedye

John, this is my second class of yours I'm taking on Creative Live. You are a very unique and articulate instructor. Your knowledge, understanding and experience in all matters photography is astounding! You have certainly fine tuned the knack in imparting your deep knowledge in such a palatable way! Your slides are magnificent, simple and concise and caters directly to your audience. I can only imagine the hours upon hours of time spent making these valuable slides. I look forward to many more of your courses!

a Creativelive Student

Always enjoy all of John's classes, but especially this one since I've decided to upgrade from my previous 6D. Awesome camera and this one is so much quieter than the older one. Thank you for explaining things in terms and ways that are easy to understand!

Tim Rogers

Thanks for a very useful course John. Not to get out and enjoy the new toy. Wish I had done the similar course for my previous camera (60D); will be recommending it to the person I am giving the camera to.

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