When I first started in photography, I read the manual that came with it from cover to cover. I retained very little. A quick Google search got me to a few tutorials that helped, but having a short attention span, I found myself daydreaming more often than not, missing most of the content.

Apparently, I am not the only one who needs an intervention. Canon has just released a new video series on their YouTube channel with brief (less than 2 minute) videos of basic camera tips from Canon’s Technical Advisors.

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The first two installments of the series explains the Back Button AF and the Dust Delete Data feature on a Canon camera. I knew what the Back Button AF was for, thanks to a friend, but never gave the Dust Delete Data feature a thought until now. It’s just tool on a menu that I’ve never stopped to learn about.


The series promises one helpful tip per episode on imaging,  “sharing a unique product insight, or explaining a key technology,” according to Canon’s websiteThe bite sized videos are great for beginners, or those that like me, that daydreamed past some of the features on my Canon 5d Mark II. Just be aware that the man who gives the two tutorials doesn’t blink often, which threw me off a bit, but nevertheless, he gives some useful info.

Watch Canon Quick Tips: Back Button AF

Watch Canon Quick Tips: Dust Delete Data

[Via Canon YouTube]