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Understanding focusing: advanced

Understanding focusing: advanced camerasNB183194 5D Mark IV June 18 WWT Arundel

PPractical course  


CAMERA SUITABILITY: Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV, 5DS, 5DS R, 7D Mark II, 1D X, 1D X Mark II

LOCATIONS: WWT Slimbridge (Gloucestershire), WWT London Barnes, WWT Arundel (West Sussex), Trentham Monkey Forest (Stoke-on-Trent), Chester Zoo, Pensthorpe Natural Park (Norfolk)

A full day at a wildlife park or wetlands centre for users of the EOS 7D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark IV and 5DS / 5DS R. With plenty of subjects to practise on we’ll look at how the focusing system works and is best configured. We cover all these models on this event as their focusing systems and set-ups are virtually identical. You’ll learn what the optimal settings are for capturing fast action, such as birds in flight.

The small group size of five allows for personal attention from your lecturer. If you have queries about your camera beyond the focusing system there will be opportunities to ask during the day.

This course is also suitable for EOS-1D X series owners looking to make better use of the focusing system.


This course is for the advanced series of EOS cameras. The level identifies the camera grouping, not your level as a photographer. We have selected cameras with identical or very similar focusing systems so that we can demonstrate consistent techniques across the group. If you own a Canon camera with the 45-point focusing system – EOS R, RP, 90D, 80D, 800D, 7D (Mark I), 6D Mark II and selected earlier models – then you need the Enthusiast camera course


– Focusing point set-up on the camera
– How to choose the right focusing mode
– Focusing patterns and their use
– Other settings that can affect the focusing system
– Factors that can affect the burst rate
– Best settings for action photography
– Using the custom modes for fast selection


Bring your EOS camera and telephoto lens of at least 300mm (e.g. a telephoto zoom lens like 70-300mm, 100-400mm, or a prime lens like EF 300mm or 400mm – or a lens with a longer focal length if you have it). If you have extenders then please bring them too.


Pensthorpe – some of the terrain is uneven and it can be muddy when wet. The site is quite large and we will be walking up to three miles during the day.

Chester Zoo – there are good paths throughout the zoo. You're likely to be walking two-three miles throughout the day so a reasonable fitness level is recommended.

WWT Slimbridge Good level paths, accessible to all. The site, however, is large so a good level of fitness is recommended as the distance covered will be up to three-four miles.

WWT Barnes, London  – The majority of paths around the site are flat, typically constructed of compacted gravel. The centre is wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly. We will walk between two and four miles during the event. In poorer weather there may be some muddy patches.

WWT Arundel, Sussex – This is one of the smaller wetlands centres, and like all of the WWT venues it is wheelchair and mobility scooter friendly, including the hides. We'll be walking between two and three miles on the day. 

Birdworld, SurreyBirdworld is fully accessible to visitors with disabilities. The site has flat and level paths throughout.

Trentham Monkey ForestWhilst there is a shorter path which is accessible, the site is quite steep and wheelchair users in particular may struggle to navigate around the site.


Advanced level; selected Canon EOS camera models (EOS 5D Mark III, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark IV, 7D Mark II, 1D X-series). Ideally you should have already attended Get off Auto / Mastering your EOS (practicals) or EOS for Beginners / Optimise your EOS (classroom) as a minimum.


– Pre-course video tutorial
– Hands-on tuition

The maximum on this practical course is 5 photographers, meaning you get plenty of opportunities to have your questions answered and the tuition tailored to your camera.

Entry fees and refreshments are not included – course price is for tuition only.


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