Nikon® D5 Fast Start

Lesson 18/34 - Photo Shooting Menu

 

Nikon® D5 Fast Start

 

Lesson Info

Photo Shooting Menu

Time now to jump to the photo shooting menu, so these are gonna be the most of the features that control the primary shooting features of the camera. First up, is a photo shooting menu bank, and so there is gonna be a whole bunch of features. There's probably about 80 features that we're gonna go through in this section, and you can have four presets on how your camera is set up. So if you do different types of photography, and you dive into the menus to make lots of changes, you can basically set the camera up into A, B, C, or D, and then go make all those changes. And they're just basically saved there for when you are doing that type of photography. You can then go back to that particular letter. And if you don't like the letters, you can go in and rename the letters if you want. And you give it an actual name. You can call it 'sports photography', 'portrait', or studio or whatever names you wanna give it. And it's something that just allows you to change the settings a little bit m...

ore quickly without having to go back and change all the individual settings really really carefully like that. Now there is something called "Extend photo menu banks", and what this does is not only does it remember where you have all the settings in the menu, it remembers your exposure mode. So for instance, program, aperture priority, shutter priority, manual, your flash modes, your shutter speeds and your apertures. And so if you have a preferred set up for your camera, you can tie that into those photo banks as well by turning this on. Now there are many people who will never ever use this. Some people that do so it's not too important whether you leave this turned on or off. Just depends on whether you want that information stored with those four presets of the photo shooting menu bank. You can create different folders on a single memory card. So if you have only one memory card, you can have a folder for all your business work, and a separate one for your personal one. So when you are gonna go show your clients your work, you don't want to show them your family photos perhaps. So when you do your slide shows stuff can be separated. I think separate memory cards is an even better way of separating that information, but you can name and create different folders on your memory card with this system here. File naming. You can change the file names that your images have written to them because your camera creates file names for all your cameras. Now, kind of as a side-note, you should probably be changing the file names of all of your images, after they get imported to a computer. Because this has a limit of four numbers. Which means it's 10,000 on the count. So once you get up to 10,001 pictures you're going to start to have duplicate file names, but if you do want to go in and change the DSC. Which is their digital camera system lettering code to your initials you could do that so that any photo that you shoot directly out of your camera immediately has your initials or initials that means something to you. Now, the file format is slightly different depending on whether you use sRGB or Adobe RGB. Which is another topic we'll talk about in just a moment. But they're just a slightly different protocol in the way those numbers and letters look. So we have two slots in the camera, and we have multiple ways on the way we can record information. Overflow shoots to one card, and when it fills up it goes to the second card. Backup shoots the same file to both cards simultaneously so that if something happens to one of those cards all of that information is backed up on another card. You can also separate RAW and JPEG if you want to have them go to different cards that perhaps may be different sizes. So you do need to be careful with that system, because as soon as one card fills up the whole thing stops because it needs a full card to shoot to. And so I think, for your average photographer, overflow is a good option. For your more serious professional, whose a little bit paranoid about losing data, that's where you might want to go to the 'Backup' option. And I will mention there is a separate option for recording movies to a separate card. We'll encounter that when we get into the movie menu. Next up is flash control. Hey, there's no flash on this camera, but if there was you can dive in here and there becomes a sub menu that you dive into. Where you control how the camera and the flash interact, and how the power on the flash is controlled. 'TTL' stands for through the lens, and that's the way that most people use flash when they want an automated, simple flash system. There are other systems that you can get into. We're not gonna get into it in this class. There is a flash compensation. Where you can power down the flash. Which is often necessary when doing people photography so that the flash is not too powerful on the person. Depending on the other tones and colors, in the photograph, in the background. You often need to power the flash down about one stop or so depending on the situation. There is a number of wireless flash options that you can get into. Which I say is worthy of a whole other class on flash photography. And so with this you can go in and you can describe what type of system that you might be using. One of those optional devices that you can plug in to the camera to hook up with the remote Nikon flashes. Once again, more information on the remote flash option. What type of system you're using. With group flash, or quick wireless control, or remote repeating. Once again, having multiple flash units out there you can group them into different groups; A, B, C, or D and then you can individually control them. Perhaps you have a backlight flash, which is 'Group C' and you want to power that down a little bit. You can set that to a minus two on the exposure compensation. You can change the mode from TTL to manual. It gets into a whole collection of other features that we are not gonna get into in this class, but we do have all this control right in the camera. Which is nice. And then you can look at what you actually have set up, and which flashes are firing and connected, and which units you're using to do what sort of things with.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Nikon D5 camera with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. 


Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the new 53 point AF system
  • How to understand and use the autofocus system for great photos
  • How to incorporate video into your shooting using the 4K advanced video capabilities.
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Nikon D5's settings to work for your style of photography.

Reviews

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!

Silvio Mayorga
 

The course is quite comprehensive and helpful. It is a great course. Good guidelines to arrange camera set up.