Learn how to use the Canon 7D Mark II with Park Cameras!

At the end of last year Canon launched the 7D Mark II, the eagerly awaited replacement to the highly thought of Canon EOS 7D.

It is fair to say the Mark 2 version is considerably more sophisticated than its predecessor; with its stand-out feature being a focus system that is class leading in terms of performance and veracity outclassing even the flagship Canon EOS-1D X.

Along with the improved focus system Canon have introduced an unparalleled amount of
control with a plethora of variable options in the menu system - allowing you to modify well over 100 different settings.

All in all this makes for a formidable piece of equipment, but one which can be over complicated
especially out of the box and without proper set-up.

This camera has been particularly popular with wildlife, sports and bird photographers, all attracted by the improvements to the focusing, frame rate and ISO with the added benefit of the crop factor proving fit for purpose.

However, at Park Cameras, we have had a considerable number of customers who have experienced
problems with getting to grips with this additional control, many of them having jumped
straight to the 7D Mark II, or are attempting sport or wildlife photography for the first time.

In order to help with these setup problems and to ensure users are able to get the most
from the camera, at our School of Photography we offer a comprehensive guide on how to get to grips with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II - in fact, we are bold enough to say it is the best in the entire country!

The image below highlights some of the complex, yet powerful, autofocus modes available in your 7D Mark II. Part of this course is not only to show you how to best use the autofocus system, but where best certain settings are used.

We can say this with confidence as the course content and multimedia course material ensure that 7D owners can make the most of their new camera, and leave with a whole host of new knowledge, as well as equipped with course notes to refer back to so as not to forget any of the day's discussions!

Part of the multimedia content you will get as part of your course are helpful videos guiding you through the 'how-to' aspect of the menus. Below is a teaser of what you can expect if you sign up!

If this is of interest to you, please take a look at our School of Photography Camera Courses page to pick a course and date that suits you best.

Key Topics covered:

  • New 65 point focusing explained
  • Focus case scenarios explained and how these can be used to ensure more accurate and responsive autofocus
  • New 252 zone metering system, how this differs to that of the 7d (63 zone)
  • Navigation of the additional menus
  • Dual card facility, set up options and practical use
  • Use of GPS facility for Geotagging and integration with third party applications
  • Use of the intervalometer for time lapse photography
  • Customisation of the focus system biased towards sport and wildlife photography
  • Use of the additional video feature set including auto focus and recording settings

Comprehensive list of topics covered:

It is intended that the following will be covered during the day:

  • Recommended set up for maximum performance and ease of use
  • Menu navigation – and the use of My Menu (to be explored later in the day)
  • Resolution – RAW & Jpeg. Benefits of RAW over Jpeg & software compatibility & recommendations.
  • Auto-focus – Recommended focus area selection & configuration (Note due to the level of complexity regarding the various focusing options a considerable amount of time will be spent discussing the different options in relation to different photographic scenarios i.e. wildlife, Sport etc, this will be supported by relevant documentation
  • Dust Delete Data – Why this is essential to prevent problems with dust spots affecting your images
  • Custom user settings – How to customize the camera for common shooting scenarios
  • Highlight Alert – Why the use of this feature can help reduce the risk of over exposure.
  • LCD brightness – Auto & Manual selection, advantages / disadvantages of using the default auto setting
  • Live view mode explained –Appropriate use and setup
  • Movie modes – Shooting & playing back HD video footage (recommended settings for shooting HD video)
  • My Menu calibration – Calibration of the My Menu for up to five commonly used functions.
  • Metering – Recommend metering options - Evaluative , Centre Weighted, Partial & Spot
  • ISO / Film speeds – Auto Vs Manual
  • Histograms & Exposure Compensation, how these can be used to ensure correct exposure in camera.
  • Using Flash – On / Off camera & Wireless flash explained
  • Calibration of the camera battery – Why this is important to ensure long term efficiency of the battery
  • Lenses & related accessories
  • Recommended software choice – Canon’s own bundled software (DPP) Vs alternatives
  • Firmware – Importance of updating camera firmware
  • Apertures
  • Shutter speeds
  • Film Speeds / ISO’s
  • Metering options
  • RAW recording format
  • Use of image manipulation software

Required equipment

If you own a Canon EOS 7D Mark II please bring this along with a fully charged battery and a storage card.
Course Duration

Approximately 7 hours
Start time – 9.30am
Finish time – 4.30pm
Skillset/Knowledge requirement
It is assumed that those attending will have sufficient photographic knowledge related to the use of a high end DSLR camera. As such delegates will be expected to have a working knowledge of the following:
Blog written by Anthony Sinfield, trainer at Park Cameras.

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