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All right, well, welcome everybody to the fast start class for the t four I also known as the six, fifty d and other parts of the world this class is designed to go for before anybody who has this camera who really wants to get in and learn it and doesn't really enjoy reading the instruction manual, which I don't know too many people who enjoy doing that s o just follow along with class download the pdf because this will be a good place to take notes it's got other settings and the recommended things tio look at on the camera and how to set them s o that goes along with the class as well. I was out just I was mentioning just before the show, I was out last night got a chance to take the camera out and was shooting some nighttime stuff in downtown seattle with it and really makes me upset because I really don't need another camera right now, but if I did this would make a nice little lightweight camera was just so light wait, I use one of the larger higher in candid cameras, but this on...

e is just so small lightweight you could throw it in a really small pack in there, there was a couple of things that kind of frustrated me and I figured out some settings to kind of get around it and so to get the smoothest operation gotta hang with me till we get to the menu system because I think this is a great class to take for anyone who has just purchased the camera and wants to go through the menu system to get the camera totally set up for the way that they shoot and we will get to that. We have all things in due course, so let me kind of explain what we're going to be doing here today to make sure my clicker is working, which it isn't there we go okay kind of give you an idea of what the class is going to be like today wanted to start off with just a little product overview. We got some new people who are brand new to the cannon system, so I want to let them know what they're getting themselves in for. We're going to talk about some photography basics because chances are there some people who have purchased this camera that are brand new to kind of serious photography, you might say, and they were going to go through the camera, talk about all the different buttons and what everything does on the outside, we will take a little break for those you watching live, we're going to take a little lunch break. We'll come back and we're going to go into the display in the menu system and get your camera fully set up, and then at the end of the class we're going to kind of review the most important functions and set the camera using different operations and ideas on how you would use the camera in the real world. All right? So to start with when you get this camera, you get this gigantic instruction manual and I don't know too many people who like going through these things, I know I go through a more than most people I don't like going through, but I kind of have to to really learn these camp and you could easily spend this is the largest instruction manual I've seen for a camera at this price level, so you could spend more than twelve hours going through this instruction manual, and there is some things in there that I'm not going to talk about. The camera is partially designed for people who don't have computers and, uh, there's a lot of things that you can do in camera that are very similar to working in photo shop, and I'm not going to go into those specific features my idea on how to set a camera is I want to get the cleanest, straightest, best image possible out of the camera so that's the way I'm trying to set my camera I'm not trying to play games and create all types of crazy photographs in camera there are some possibilities and I will talk about those very briefly s so what? The idea on this is that this is not a photography one on one class if you said oh great here's a class on how to use a camera I'm gonna learn all about debt, the field and what shutter speeds to use and how to download images on my memory card no that's not what this class is about this class is about learning this specific camera we will talk about some photography basics but if you do want to learn more photography if you haven't taken off general photography class, I would highly recommend it there's one that I might recommend more than others, but we'll get to that when we get there ok, so let's start with a little product overview of what we are getting ourselves in. So welcome to the cannon family if this is your first cannon camera okay, I think I'm just going to switch from the remote to the keyboard there we go that seems to be a little more directly connected eso cannon has been around for quite some time and their original name was kawana and there was optical company in japan it actually started out in an apartment we have garage companies here in the united states sometimes that well in tokyo they start off in little apartments and what's kind of funny is I found the original logo which is this buddhist goddess of mercy and if you look at all those arms I think they were predicting in the future how many buttons would be on a futuristic candid camera and you would need this many arms to control a camp but luckily they have kind of gone away from that symbol quite some time ago so they started off making little range finder cameras in nineteen fifty nine they came out with their first interchangeable lens slr single lens reflex we'll talk about that in a moment nineteen seventy one they started getting a bit more serious producing professional cameras and a notable change came in nineteen eighty seven because they change their lens mouth and so if you want to use lenses from the pre nineteen eighty seven era technically there are some adapters but I would not recommend it on this camera so if you go to a garage sale or you're searching the internet for old canon lenses just be aware that anything pre nineteen eighty seven is not going to work very smoothly on this camera but everything after nineteen eighty seven is going to work pretty well in two thousand they brought out there first digital slr the d thirty in a few years later, was kind of a big hallmark was, which was the first rebel at least digital rebel, I should say, because there were filmed rebels before that. But it was the first slr interchangeable lens camera under a thousand dollars and that's when digital photography really started to break through in the film world and really take hold. And so that was kind of the first notable digital rebel camera. So part of one of the great things about part of the being part of the cannon family is that there is a huge lineup of cameras, and with the tea for I, there is models that you can move up from if you outgrow this camera and there's, even smaller cameras there's a new dios m camera that is a new type of camera that we're not going to get into today, but it's even smaller and lighter than this camera but can use the same lenses. The other good reason to be with cannon is that they have a huge collection of very high quality lenses. So if you I need to do something, anything, chances are that there is a lens that will work for you. They also have a very good flash system. Lots of different flashing its camera has a built in flash and we'll talk about some of the settings on how to get that set up but there are other flash flash units available and I'm like some recommendations and tell you about some of the models that are available with that now as far as the t four I this is just the latest generation of what has come from the entry level line this is hardly an entry level camera but it is still kind of classified in that category there are cameras priced lower from cannon like the t three I which was last year's model also known as the six hundred eighty and they do also have a t three which is a little bit of a stripped down version of the tea three that is available and as you can see they do have much higher and cameras and every about a year to eighteen months they update the camera so I fully expect at some point in the future there'll be a t five I and a seven hundred d on they'll just keep going up those numbers as they make incremental improvements each year another little tidbit if you live in japan the cameras called the x six I kiss kiss xy x six I which clearly doesn't sound drink it off my mouth here in the united states so if you have a previous camera t one two three I the here's what's the latest greatest thing, that's new in this particular camera, probably most notable is the touch screen it's, the first of the sl ours from the big manufacturers that has a touch activated screen. And how big of importance is this? Well, I don't know. Why do you own an iphone or a touch sensitive phone or other device? You might like it if you don't like it, you don't have to use it at all, which is kind of a nice option. These cameras have been designed to focus from one spot to another spot very quickly for still photography and it's been a challenge for them to focus in the movie mode. So if you're shooting a movie, having the lens focusing smoothly, we'll talk more about this. They have finally added what's called a servo movie a f, which allows the lens to focus continuously while it shooting video. The camera now shoot set five frames a second, which is kind of a big step up from where it wasn't around three point seven frames a second. And so for anyone who shooting sports, this has suddenly got to be a pretty good sports camera. They've increased the ice so another step up to twenty five thousand, and they've been prove the standard out of focus in system by adding some or cross type auto focus sensors with the camera. So that's kind of a highlight new features from previous cameras, but overall it's pretty similar to the t three I am pretty similar to the team. Two I on dh that was a little bit of a jump from the t one eye. So each time there they're making about a five percent change in my mind. When you do go through that instruction manual, if you happen to make it up to maybe page ten or twelve, there is all these dire warnings about karen handling of the camera don't drop it, don't get too hot don't get too cold things like that, and I take it that most people get this don't be stupid with the camera, but the one question that people do have is the waterproof nous because they say it's, not waterproof don't use it underwater, okay, obviously. But what about a little bit of rain? What if I spill my drink on it? How much water can it take? Well, the cameron has a lot of little openings in it, and these are not sealed with gasque it's, so you do have to be careful around rain and I would not want to use this. Out in a rain storm for a very long period of time, if it was raining and I own the camera, I would be pretty quick about going out to get the shot and then coming back in and getting out of the rain or having an umbrella or rain cover over it. So do be careful if it gets what if it does get wet and stops operating. What I would do is I would open everything up the car door, the battery door, and I would let the camera just air out, hopefully at that after a little bit of time, maybe a couple of hours, the water will dry off the electronics and it'll start working again. If not, you'll need to send it into cannon to have it fixed, so do be careful with that. The other little issue is that cannon says that they will not be liable for damage if you use other accessories, different lenses flashing its batteries, things like that. I have never seen that happen, so it's not likely to happen, but I will tell you that the camera does communicate with the lands in a certain way that it can fix problems that all lenses have, and so there is a good reason for using some canon lenses. But having said that there are good toking a tamara and signal lenses out there that sometimes make something either a little different or a little bit more affordable than what canon has availed, so I really don't have a home a problem recommending those lenses as well there are cheap aftermarket batteries that can be ok they could be more affordable they don't last typically as long as the cannons I would really stick with the cannon flashes they are a bit more money than aftermarket ones but they are a lot better as faras their communication with the camera and it the whole system works a lot better and flash being as complicated as it is, I would want to make it as easy as possible and cannon flashes will help you do that. Ok, so for those of you here in the classroom and at home, make sure that your cameras are ready for this class, so hopefully you've charged battery that takes about two hours and you should get around four to five hundred shots depending on how you use the camera and hopefully have done the basic things we've got lenses attached to see that lens attached you got the battery, you've got a memory card in your camera so that we can take some practice pictures in here and you totally find it takes some practice pictures in here let's get your lens cap off because we're going to actually be using the camera right now. And so what I want you to dio this just kills me to say this, but turn your camera to the a plus milk, which is the auto complete dummy mode and just take a picture, make sure my cameras on. I'm going to take you to take a picture here. Yeah, my flash did fire and yes, I got a huge glare on the screen in front of me, so I know my cameras workings, everyone's, camera working. I always like to do this. She kind of just make sure, because inevitably, if I have a large class of people, somebody forgot to charge their battery. And so, right now is a good time to go charge your battery. What we kind of play with a few other things. All right? Eso. Before you do that, everyone turn your cameras to the ema mode for manual because that's, where we're going to spend a good portion of the day.

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I always loved photography and even did a 12 year stint as a correspondent for a local newspaper, back in the 35 mm/film days. In 2005 I bought my first Canon, a Rebel XT. I had fun with it but never really knew what I was doing. I would get a good photo about 1 ever 100 shots, just from sheer luck. I bought a Canon Rebel T4i in Nov. of 2012 and having never taken a photography class, have been fumbling along with it ever since. When saw John's Photography Starter Kit, I immediately signed on and loved it. I was so thrilled when I saw he had specific classes for specific cameras and dove into this class, head first! It's like a dream come true! I love John's teaching style. He's concise, gets right to the point and doesn't waste time on needless fluff. I just bought this course yesterday and have already finished it and am ready to do it all over again, until I get it all right. I even learned something with the first glimpse of his slides and the photos of the T4i...I didn't know you could open the back screen, turn it around and re-seat it and have your display right there on the back of the camera without it sticking out and in the way! This course is going to be a huge help in getting the very most out of my camera. Thanks, John!

Getting a lot better

I am a huge fan of John Greengo. John is pretty much my Elvis. I learned everything, and I mean everything about this camera,though I kind of felt john could have been a little more enthusiastic about the T4i. I shoot mostly video with 4k super 35 cameras in raw. I understand top of the live vs. consumer grade. My point is, I think this camera deserved a little more enthusiasm than I felt it got. Throw a high quality lens on this machine and it is magnificent. The T4i is only entry level in price point. The photos I've taken with L-series lenses are stellar. Video is very acceptable as well, even with the H.264 codec. I would't have gotten that feeling after watching the video. From a leaning stand point this series of videos is worth the price and then some. I would just hate for people to walk away feeling they bought a toy. They most certainly did not.

Frank Siebert

Excellent course and superb tutor. I thought the pace of the tutorials was perfect. I was particularly impressed with the coverage of the course, which was extensive and thorough. I liked the tutorial so much that I have now purchased 3 more of John Greengo's courses.

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