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Lesson 8 from: Nikon D5 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Okay folks, so we're in the camera control section where we're goin through all of the features and buttons and I've got a lot of stuff to talk about so let's keep going through it, so we are on the backside of the camera now, and the Viewfinder, obviously where you're gonna look to compose your images. A number of things about this, there is a little Diopter on the side. This pulls out and rotates and what you wanna do is you wanna look through the Viewfinder, look at the line of information below the Viewfinder, and you want that to be nice and sharp and clear and so you'll need to adjust it and then push that Diopter back in and it will be tuned for your eyes. Over on the left hand side, there is an Eye Shutter which blocks the light coming in from the back of the camera and your camera is normally designed to meter with your eye up to the Viewfinder so it blocks light coming in from the backside of the camera and if you are gonna be using the camera in a self timer mode with say, f...

or instance, aperture or shutter priority, or program, you don't want light coming in through the backside, throwing off your light meter. It wouldn't matter in manual because once your shutter speeds are set, they're set, so anytime you are not behind the eyepiece of the camera, you wanna use that, you don't need to use it in live view, just 'cause, a little side note, 'cause the mirror pops up and blocks light coming in from that little side there. The round eyepiece there is replaceable and if you use it a lot, you may, you know, use it with glasses, it may get ripped up or torn or just worn out after years of use. You can buy a replacement piece that usually costs about 20 different bucks. The Diopter has a adjustment from minus three to plus one. The DK-17F is fluorine coated to resist spots and water getting on it. Alright, the whole eyepiece itself is the DK- and you can little pinch those little side pieces and you can take that whole thing on and off. That could potentially wear out again as well so it's just a replacement piece. So let's talk about what you see through the Viewfinder of the camera. Starting with the actual frame that you see, it is 100% coverage and so when you line up something on the very edge, that is where it will be in the final frame. We're gonna talk more about the Auto Focus Points in an upcoming section on the class, but for right now, you will see the Auto Focus Points that are active in the camera. There is an optional grid system that some photographers like either for compositional reasons, keeping the horizon level, architectural type photographers sometimes like this, and so this is something that you can turn on and off if you go into your custom setting menu under D8. You can turn that on and off and electronically just turns it on and off for you which is kinda cool. The little semi-circle there is indicating the standard Center Weighted Metering area and you can go in and you can customize that as well in the menu system. This camera has two different LED information panels, one is gonna be off to the side, showing you your exposure information as well as some other information along with exposure Bracketing, Flash Exposure compensation, and if you have your camera in that Bracketing mode. Most of the information is gonna be down along the bottom of the camera, and this is where you're gonna have your shutter speeds and apertures, and many other things so let's go though what you're gonna see down here real quickly. So there is a Focus Indicator and I do wanna mention real quickly that there is a dot that comes on when you are in focus, but the little arrows indicate which way you should turn the focusing lens if you want to manually focus on that subject and so it works in auto focus as well as manual focus. You'll be able to see which metering system you have selected, and you can also lock the Flask Value in and there's a way for you to fire a test flash and then lock that in so that the flash has a little bit of information to base the actual exposure on. We have an Exposure Lock option where by pressing the button on the back of the camera, it locks the exposure. You would use this in aperture shutter priority and program mode if you're getting your exposure and then recomposing the frame. You'll see your Exposure Mode and you can lock that you can lock shutter speeds and your apertures in which is why you'll see these Ls. The Flash Sync which is 1/250 of a second, we talked about that in the shutter speed section. You'll see if that is set. And then we'll see our Shutter Speeds and our f-stops for apertures, and our ISO. Over on the right hand side, we can see if we have our camera hooked up via one of the many different ways to connect in a Network System. We'll see a very, very rudimentary battery level system, there'll be a much more accurate one in the menu system itself. And then we'll see the number of shots remaining which is in the bracketed area, and it'll be a k number if it's over 1,000 shots. And while you are pressing halfway down on the shutter release, it will tell you the remaining number of pictures in that burst, and this will depend on the size of file that you are recording whether you're shooting raw or JPEG and some of the other settings as far as large, medium, small on the JPEGS and some of the other different criteria that we'll talk more about when it comes to the raw files sizes themselves and so you'll see how many shots you have available to you immediately, right now, at 12 frames per second in the camera. And then there'll be a little lightning bolt on the far side which will let you know whether the flash is ready to fire or not, or if it's still in the recycling mode. And so that's what you're gonna see on the bottom of that, now all of that information is available to you for a few seconds after you press the shutter release if you want it to stay on longer, you can go in to the custom setting menu and you can change the standby timer either to a longer period of time, which might be more convenient, or do a shorter period of time, which is gonna give you just a little bit more battery life.

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Michelle Mealing

As usual, John Greengo has provided me with a wealth of information, this time to decide on my next Nikon camera purchase. John has a talent for explaining technical aspects in a simply to understand, yet intelligent, language. I feel very lucky to be able to tap into the knowledge of such experts and thank the day I found out about Creative Live. Unfortunately I had to miss a little part of the live broadcast due to international time differences. I will definitely be watching the class again and again (there's so much content). Thanks John and Creative Live. Looking forward to my next class.

a Creativelive Student

Already set the Fn3 button for Voice Memo - easy peasy thanks to this and so many other "buried" ( in the manual ) treasures. Notwithstanding three years with the D4 and one year with the D5, I am substantially more familiar and comfortable with the available tools / features of this amazing camera, Nikon's D5. Thank you, John, for the relaxed, easy-to-follow yet informative, professional instruction - well done!

Dave Safley

John Greengo does a fantastic job of going over all the great features of this camera. Yes, there is a lot of information, but the format of the class enabled me to drive right into the features I needed for an upcoming shoot. I am new to Creative Live but this class is showing me the fantastic value of this platform. Happy Shooting!

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