Have you ever seen people with expensive DSLR cameras who have no idea what they’re doing or how each buttons and functions work, instead leaving everything on Automatic and hoping for the best? We hate those guys. If you own a powerful photography equipment, you should truly learn how to make the most out of it. Now that Canon is offering free, downloadable tutorials you can use straight from the screen of your DSLR, there’s also no excuse not to.

A visit to the Canon product page shows that free tutorials are available on all sorts of Canon cameras and accessories, from Speedlites and lenses to even compact, point-and-shoot cameras. Users can download each tutorial into their memory cards which will load up the option for a lesson when they next start up the camera. Instructions are mostly visual, and shows you which button and control functions to click to get optimum results depending on what you are looking to do.

While the on-screen tutorials are helpful, you will need quite a bit of memory on your card to get the lessons running while shooting additional photos. Tutorial file sizes start at about 150 MB each, and each tutorial only cover one particular type of function. For example, a lesson on movie audio setting on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is 167.1 MB while learning AF options for still photos can run you nearly 480 MB. Hey, if you have the money to afford a nice piece of gear, you can invest a little more in a large memory card!

Whether you’re a total beginner or just have a few questions about special functions on your Canon, the tutorials could help you figure out the most efficient way to achieve the results you want. Have a look at the products catalogue yourself and see if your Canon models are available for a tutorial. Afterward, if you need to edit the photos in Photoshop, you can also download the free Adobe LevelUp in-program tutorial to craft the ultimate photograph. Who says you need to spend the big bucks to learn how to be a photography pro?