The Canon 7D is the most complex camera I have ever owned. There are so many features crammed in that there can be a real learning curve to getting ready for your first shots. If you have ever owned a Canon SLR or dSLR, the Canon 7D builds on that heritage and will make you feel at home. However, there is still plenty of new features to learn and understand.
Do you learn better from a video than a book? Many people absorb more information when it is visually presented. If that is the case, these Blue Crane Training DVDs are for you.
Blue Crane split the 7D coverage into two DVDs:
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These DVDs are narrated by Graham Sterling, a veteran presenter for infomercials and news programs. The high-quality presentation is interesting and easy to watch. Each topic is split into separate DVD Chapters for easy navigation on either a DVD player or computer. Each topic is thoroughly covered for both 7D basics and 7D applied use. You really can learn how to use the 7D from watching these videos. Blue Crane has released one sample video from each DVD:
About 85% of each DVD is really new video that is dedicated to the 7D. But, each DVD does have some stock footage which has likely been used in other Blue Crane DVDs. There were some points which annoyed me. The DVDs talk about using Photoshop and Camera Raw. But, if you pay attention, the video is showing Photoshop CS3 and Camera Raw 4.6. Anyone who has been using the Canon 7D knows that CS3 and ACR 4.6 do not support 7D Raw files. A silly slip-up in an otherwise good presentation.