Beyond the Basics: Mastering Focus & Exposure with Your Canon EOS R Series Camera

with Mike Gurley

June 13 – 23, 2023

Tuesdays and Fridays; 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Mountain Time)
  • Tuition $450.00

Course Description

In 1987 Canon started the autofocus revolution with the introduction of the EOS system. The Canon EOS R system once again revolutionizes the way photographers use the tools of autofocus on the EOS R5 and R6 to create their photographic vison. This four-session workshop is for photographers who understand the basics of the Canon R5 or R6 camera, and want to take advantage of their full photographic potential with the advanced features that can be complex.

In the first two sessions, Mike Gurley reviews how the Canon system of exposure control dovetails with the advanced Autofocus features of the EOS R5 and R6. You gain a thorough understanding of Canon’s exposure system and how it integrates with the autofocus. Learn to effectively use evaluative, spot, center, and average metering techniques and know when to use them. Mike also covers the creative in-camera exposure features, including focus stacking, time lapse video, multiple exposures, and HDR.

For the final two sessions, we turn our attention the optimizing the Canon R5 and R6 autofocus modes, exploring both function and strategy to suit your style of photographing. Mike also addresses how the camera’s focus and exposure systems work together, allowing you to create more dynamic images.

Assignments between sessions allow participants time to put these new techniques into practice. Then Mike reviews selected images during subsequent group sessions, answering questions and offering tips.

The goal of this highly focused workshop is to learn how to make the most of the two most essential camera functions and expand your creative horizons to express yourself in new ways.

Additional Information

All are welcome
What You Should Know:

This program is designed and intended for current owners of Canon EOS R5 and R6 cameras. If you have a different EOS R series, some of the menu specific discussions may be different. The EOS R3 will not be specifically discussed, however many of the features and controls are similar.

A working knowledge of basic camera operations is required. This is not an introductory course.

Special Notes:

Class will meet 12:30 – 2:30 pm (Mountain Time) on Tuesdays and Fridays starting June 13 and ending June 23 (four online group sessions). Enrollment is limited to 14 participants.

Zoom Video Conferencing software (available for no charge from will be used to facilitate the class sessions. Further details will be emailed to registrants.

Santa Fe Workshops always aims to produce a high-quality experience for our online attendees. That said, variables including regional and local internet provider speeds, traffic on Zoom's servers, and your own computing hardware can contribute to a less than ideal streaming event. While we do our best to minimize the impact of these variables, they are outside the control of Santa Fe Workshops.


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For the convenience of participants, recordings of each class session are posted privately for one month after the end of each session. Santa Fe Workshops takes the recordings down after one month to protect the intellectual property of our instructors.

Beyond the Basics, Technical, The Camera Series
Mike Gurley

Mike Gurley has over 35 years of experience in the imaging industry, from shooting commercial images to being involved in the digital transformation at both Canon USA and Eastman Kodak Company. His experience in the capture to output imaging chain has allowed him insight into the ever changing landscape of imaging, whether it is still or moving images.

Recently retired from his long-time role as Senior Manager at Canon USA, Mike is now able to follow his passion for teaching. Having been involved with the design concepts of cameras throughout his career, his role has been the “photographer advocate” when working with the camera engineers. The camera has to not only be technically superb but be an extension of the photographer’s vision.

Mike’s passion for photography, coupled with work opportunities, has allowed him to work with the demigods of photography, at major media events, workshops, and on location.  Understanding the creative intent of a photographer and teaching them how to use the camera to realize their images, is where the magic happens.

Instagram: @gurleymon555

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