Canon EOS 6D DSLR User Guide for every photographer
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Canon EOS 6D DSLR User Guide for every photographer

Whether you just bought this camera or have owned it for a while you can benefit from this course on the Canon EOS 6D
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Created by John Hoeft
Last updated 5/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Understand all of the menu options of their camera and how and when to use them
  • Understand all of the controls and buttons on your DSLR, what they do, when to use them , and why
  • Understand the "Exposure Triangle" and how ISO, Shutter speed, and Aperture all work together to help you create the image you are looking for
  • Know when to use the different modes (Auto, Program, Av, Tv, ...) to achieve the desired results
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  • Access to a DSLR camera and lens
  • A copy of their user manual to refer to
  • A memory card for their camera

With this course I will be going through the Canon 6D body from top to bottom, inside and out. I will explore and explain all of the menus and tell you what they are, when to use them, and why.

I will also cover in depth:

  • ISO
  • Aperture and Depth of Field
  • Shutter speed
  • Focus modes and points
  • Exposure modes
  • Metering modes
  • Flash
  • Lenses
  • And much more

This course is for anyone who owns the Canon 6D body be it brand new or since it was first released.

I have been shooting professionally with Canon cameras for over 7 years have several Canon DSLR bodies that I shoot with regularly. When I first get a new camera I generally do some initial setup of the camera, check out some of the new features and then start shooting with it. Over time I will return and explore the new features, functions, and capabilities and often times will discover something I didn't know existed or forgot was new with the body I am using.

I recommend this course for anyone interested in getting the most out of their Canon 6D.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who has a DSLR or is thinking about getting one
  • Anyone who is not getting the images from their DSLR that that expect
  • Anyone looking to get out of Auto mode and start using the modes (Manual, Av, Tv, ...) of their camera that will give them more freedom to take the pictures they want and not rely on the camera to guess what they want.
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Curriculum For This Course
32 Lectures
Course and Instructor Introduction
1 Lecture 03:08

Quick overview of the course and some suggestions on how to get the most out of the instruction as well as a little bit about myself and my experience.

Preview 03:08
3 Lectures 18:00
We will review the camera body at a high level and get you ready for the deep dive into your DSLR.
Preview 03:01

Your camera is covered with buttons, controls and ports. In this lecture I will cover each one and guide through what each one does, when to use it and why.

Controls – Review all controls, buttons and external connections or ports

I will cover some of the optional equipment available to help you get better images and enjoy your DSLR even more.

Optional Equipment
7 Lectures 56:04

The menus of your DSLR are where you make the camera operate and function the way the best suits your shooting style. This is where some of the most power features of your DSLR are hidden. I will cover every menu items and its options as well as what each does and how they can help you get some incredible images. I will also cover the ones that is set improperly can really cause you lots of headaches. This is a lecture you will want to return to again and again as you explore your DSLR more and become comfortable with all of its features and functions.

Preview 01:52

This lecture covers the first set of Menus in the 6D for the Camera Settings functions

Menus - Camera Settings

This lecture covers the second set of Menus in the 6D for the Live View functions

Menus - Live View

This lecture covers the third set of Menus in the 6D for the Playback functions

Menus - Playback

This lecture covers the fourth set of Menus in the 6D for setting up and customizing your camera

Menus - Setup

This lecture covers the fifth set of Menus in the 6D for setting up the custom function of your camera

Menus - Custom Functions

This lecture covers the sixth set of Menus in the 6D for setting up a custom menu of your favorite function in camera

Menus - My Menu Settings
Exposure Triangle
4 Lectures 16:50

Understanding the "Exposure Triangle" is the key to getting great images. The exposure triangle is comprised of the ISO setting, Shutter Speed, and Aperture of your lens. These three must be in sync in order to assure a great image capture in camera. Get it right here and your job in post processing is greatly reduced.

Preview 02:14

The first part of the exposure triangle is the ISO or speed/sensitivity of the sensor. Selecting and setting the optimum ISO is a powerful tool that I will explain in this lecture.

ISO - The speed of your digital "film"

The next part of the exposure triangle is the shutter speed of the camera. Selecting and setting the best shutter speed is key to obtaining the best results and will covered in this lecture.

Shutter Speed

Aperture or the size of the lens opening during the exposure is what determines the depth of field (DoF) in your image. It is also the final part of the exposure triangle and the final item that you as a photographer have control over when creating your image. In this lecture I will cover in detail how to best use DoF in your images and how important aperture is in the function of your camera and its ability to focus.

Aperture and Depth of Field
The DSLR in depth
16 Lectures 01:23:16

Lens selection for the Canon EOS cameras is very large. I will cover the different types and focal lengths. I will talk about primes versus zooms as well as which lenses to get that will best suit your needs and budget.

Lenses - the different types and kinds of lenses as well as recommendations

Your cameras sensor is where it all happens this is where the image is created. I will cover the different sized sensors and the benefits of each.

The sensor

This histogram is a very power and useful tool to use in determining if your exposure is accurate and will provide you an image that you can maximize in post-production. In this lecture I will discuss how to read that histogram, the different types of histograms available to you on the back of your camera.


In depth discussion of the "Q" menu. This "Quick Control" button is the key to quickly reviewing and changes the setting on your camera with out having to navigate through a number of menus screens.
Quick Control Button

The "Info" screen on your DSLR provide a wealth of information at a glance. In this lecture I will cover the Info screen in depth and how you use it while shooting to get a quick synopsis of the state of your camera as well as the images you have taken.

Info Screen

In this lecture I will cover the different exposure modes available to you in detail so you will know when to use each and why.

Exposure Modes - (M, Av. Tv, A, P, ...)

In this lecture I will cover the different modes that your camera use for obtaining focus as well as maintaining focus when a subject is in motion.

Focus Modes - (Single Shot, AI-Focus, AI-Servo)

Your DSLR has a number of different focus points that it can use to obtain and maintain focus. In this lecture I will cover how to select the different points and provide help on which ones to select for the best results depending on the subject being photographed.

Preview 02:16

Your DSLR has a very sophisticated meter system built in to it with a number of option on how to best use it to determine an accurate exposure reading. In this lecture I will discuss not only what each mode is but when to use each for the best results as well as discuss the times that the internal meter will fail you and how to compensate for that so you end up with a correctly exposed image.

Metering Modes (Spot, Center weighted, Evaluative)

The Canon 6D does not have a built in flash but supports a hot shoe mounted flash as well as being able to control studio strobes. In this lecture I will discuss some of the options and limitations of using a hot shoe flash or studio strobe.


The Canon 6D uses SD Cards for recording the images taken. In this lecture I will discuss:

  • The types of cards available
  • Card speed required
  • Recommended sizes
  • Name brand versus off brand
Memory Cards

Even with all of the sophistication of your DSLR there will be subjects and situations that will be difficult to shoot in and get a proper exposure. In this lecture I will cover a few scenarios and give you some suggestion on how to handle them.

How to handle difficult shooting situations

In this lecture I will provide a brief overview of how to shoot video with your DSLR.

Shooting Video Overview

In this lecture I will provide an overview of how to play back images and videos on your DSLR as well as output them via HDMI.

Image Playback

White balance is key to getting images the properly portray the accurate colors that were present when the image was captured.

White Balance

In this lecture I will provide an overview of the setting that I recommend for most shooters and that I use myself.

Recommended Settings
Course Wrap Up
1 Lecture 02:21

Final thoughts and some suggestion on where to go from here.

Course Wrap Up
About the Instructor
John Hoeft
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Photographer / Instructor

I have been hooked on photography for over 30+ years. For the last 9 years I have been shooting professionally. I enjoy shooting fashion, glamor, travel, and portrait photography. I also conduct live workshops when my schedule allows.

In the typical left brain / right brain way of separating people I have found that there are two generally two types of successful photographers. Artistic photographers that see the image before they take it and Technical photographers that right away spot the challenge that a scene will present and formulate a plan to best capture that scene. There are of course hybrids of these two as I believe we are all trying to be masters of both in today's digital photography age. I tend to be a more technical photographer that is always looking to improve my artistic side of my passion. I have worked with a number of students that struggle sometimes with the ever evolving technology that is digital photography today. I believe this is one of the places I really enjoy being more of a technical photographer as it allows me to share my knowledge in a way that can better help them achieve their vision. I really enjoy conveying what I have learned to other people through my live workshop and now through my online courses.

I am a long time shooter of Canon cameras but have also realized long ago that it is nothing more than a tool and like any tool in the right hands it can do magic. So as far as camera brands go I am agnostic and believe it is more the person behind the camera that makes the difference between images and art.