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Learning the Canon EOS 5D Mark II Camera

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Learning the Canon EOS 5D Mark II CameraDiscover how to successfully use the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera, one of the most versatile and advanced DSLRs available today. Instructor Ibarionex Perello takes you beyond the instruction manual to provide a context for when and why you will want to use the camera's many outstanding features. You will understand not only how to produce better quality images, but also discover how the 5D Mark II camera will help you express your creativity. You'll learn this from a professional photographer who has been shooting for over 25 years and has a comprehensive understanding of how to get the most from a DSLR.
Key Features

  • Exposure Modes
  • Metering and Focus
  • Raw, JPEG and White Balance
  • Flash, Movie Mode tips,  Custom Functions and Camera Maintenance

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Ibarionex R. Perello Ibarionex R. Perello
Ibarionex R. Perello is a writer and photographer who has over 15 years worth of experience in the photographic industry. For six years, he was the associate editor for Outdoor Photographer, PC Photo, and Digital Photo Pro magazines. He was a technical engineer for Nikon Inc. for 8 years where he provided technical support and training on both film and digital technologies.

Ibarionex also hosts and produces “The Candid Frame”, an audio podcast where he interviews the best professional and emerging photographers in the world. The bi-weekly podcast is available by visiting

His personal photographic projects include a 5-year documentary project that focused on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles. He is currently producing a series of portraits on established and emerging writers of Southern California.

A Couple of Photos by the Instructor

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Course Outline


Lesson 1: Exposure Modes
This lesson provides a comprehensive understanding of your camera's exposure modes. You will learn the benefits of Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority and Manual modes, as well as the power of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera's Scene Modes. You will see how each impacts the look of your photograph and when and why to choose between them.?
Assignment #1: Create and submit 2 images using two different exposure modes:  Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual or Scenic modes. Choose subjects and settings that you believe are perfectly suited for that particular exposure mode.

Lesson 2: Metering and Focus
This lesson explains how the camera evaluates and measures light using its 4 metering modes. You will understand which metering system will handle 90 percent of your shooting situations and when you might want to use the other three alternatives. You'll also understand how to control the camera's autofocus to ensure that your subject is rendered tack sharp.?
Assignment #2: Take a portrait with a very limited depth of field (shot at f/4.5 or wider) and use a specific sensor to detect and lock focus Take an "action" shot where a subject is moving and the camera is set for Continuous AF and Continuous Drive modes.

Lesson 3: Raw, JPEG and White Balance
You will learn the difference and benefits of saving your digital images as JPEG or Raw files. Discover how the camera's enhances the look of your images when the files are saved as JPEGs. Understand the flexibility and quality potential of Raw. You'll also learn how white balance affects the color accuracy of your image.
Assignment #3: Take an image in overcast light or open shade. You will shoot images using Auto, a Preset and Custom WB setting. Shoot these in the highest JPEG mode of your Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera.

Lesson 4: Flash, Movie Mode tips,  Custom Functions and Camera Maintenance
This lesson will explain how easy it is to use flash both indoors and outdoors. Understand the principle of TTL flash metering and how flash can be used to reduce contrast and brighten colors. Discover important tips about recording video and recommendation for setting Custom Functions. Also, learn how to clean and maintain your equipment for years.
Assignment #4: Submit two images using flash both indoors and outdoors.

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 



  • Own the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera and the camera's user manual.
  • A basic working knowledge of camera controls and some digital shooting experience.
  • No special image-editing software is required.



Can I take this class if I don't own the Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera?
No, because this course emphasizes a specific camera and assumes that you have the instruction manual as a reference.  

Do I need any particular software program to take this course?
No. The instructions will mostly emphasize the functions of the camera. The software that comes with the camera will allow you to address all the issues covered in the course.   

I have owned other DSLRs. Why would I want to take this course?
This course provides specific instruction on how to make the most of the 5D Mark II. It offers a detailed understanding of the camera's various features and controls and when and why you would use them.  

© Ibarionex Perello 

© Ibarionex Perello 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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BetterPhoto Member Maureen M. Reschke
Maureen M. Reschke
member since: 12/26/2009
When I signed up for this class, I was hoping to learn how to handle the complexities of the Canon 5D Mark 11 and I did! Now at the end of class, I am comfortable with both my camera and with making all types of choices from choosing modes, metering, using flash and choosing when to shoot in Raw and Jpeg. But I learned so much more in this class. Ibarione's lessons are not just about the camera, each week he teaches so much about the art of photography in general. With each lesson and critique I learned about light, exposures, composition, and, most importantly, how to experiment and make choices that create better photos.His critiques are lessons in themselves.I am excited to go forward now and use my 5D to capture the world, and I look forward to taking other courses with Ibarione. Thanks for all you taught me.

- 6/3/2012 3:38:55 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Alana G. Smith
Alana G. Smith
member since: 1/10/2012
This was a great class! I had just purchased my 5D Mark II when I started this class. Being unfamiliar with many of features on the camera, I now feel much more confident using it. I was impressed by Ibarionex's critiques. They were not only insightful, but were posted within a very short period. I look forward to taking the remainder of the classes he will be teaching.

- 4/7/2012 7:39:15 AM

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Jos de Sousa
member since: 1/12/2011
From my own perspective, 5D Mark II is a very good camera and a lot of functions setting could be discussed and further explored due to the fact that each owner would like to understand and explore more about the difference of the features reason why for a 4 week course the instructor would not be able to tailor made a more profund lessons that could attract extra camera owners to join this class.

- 2/26/2011 7:40:05 PM

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Luigi Bianchi
member since: 5/6/2010
Very good course. The assignments was the key point which really forced me to use in the practice what I have learned and made me really familiar with the subject. The Instructor is the real added value with its constructive critics to the pictures.

- 6/9/2010 12:38:35 PM

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BetterPhoto Member Sarah  L. de Jong
Sarah  L. de Jong
member since: 1/21/2010
Definitely forgetting about the automatic mode on the camera! Appreciate the balanced and thorough critiques on the assignments.

- 2/25/2010 2:47:07 PM

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"This was a great course! Ibarionex provides constructive and excellent feedback. ... I have been pleasantly surprised with my improvement ... I highly recommend Ibarionex for his sensitive and respectful approach!" -Michael J. Keppell in Ibarionex's Posing and Portraiture Techniques class 

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