Play Back


Nikon® D5 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Play Back

Next up, we have our Playback button and a bunch of different things that go on with Playback. So let's talk about that function of the camera. So, press that any time you wanna see the last photo that you have taken. You'll obviously have the Garbage can, which you hit twice to delete an particular image. You'll be using the multi-controller over on the right-hand side to basically go through a lot of your information. Left and right allows you to go forward and back through the photos that you've been taking. And if you go up and down, it'll change the information. Now, you'll find that it's fairly limited, and if you wanna see most of the information, you're gonna need to go back into the Playback display options to see most of what's going on. So let's take a look on my camera here, and I wanna just kinda step you through this process a little bit. So, I'm gonna go ahead and hit Playback, and we're gonna see our last image in here. And we can see some of our previous images, which ...

I obviously shot a whole bunch of the same thing. Now, if I go up and down, I will get to the second screen, which gives me additional information including a histogram. But if I go up, it just toggles back and forth between these two. So what I'm gonna do is, I'm gonna in and I'm gonna turn on the other options. I don't know why Nikon turns all these off to begin with. I think it's a little irritating, because I think these options are good to have. So I'm gonna navigate up to the Playback menu, I'm gonna go to the right, I'm gonna come down to Playback display options. I can either hit the center button there, or I can go to the right, I'm just gonna go to the right because that's easier to do. And you're gonna see all these boxes are unchecked. Well, there's one that's checked. I'm gonna go here and what I'm gonna do is, and I always forget this, I usually wanna press in on the center button, but I gotta go right to check the box. And I'm just gonna check all of these off. And I recommend that you do the same. If you find that you don't use these, you can come back and you can uncheck them. So I have all the options here, and then I'm gonna select the OK, which is over here. Now I'm gonna go back and I'm gonna hit Playback. And when I go up, now I have this additional information here. This one I don't find that particular helpful, but there's other different things that you can see that I may have set or not set on the camera. I've reset this one back to the factory default for today's class. But, there is additional information about which lens, what focal length I was using, nice little color histogram over here, shows me the blown-out highlights that are blinking at me... I have many more options of what I can go through and I can just go up or down through this whole collection. And I can go through all of my images. Let's get to this here... You can see some of the other images that I've been taking in this class and now we can see all this information and if you don't like that information, just page up to one that you do like and you can see all the different versions of that image you've been shooting. So, as I say, check all those off and turn them all on, find out the ones that you don't like, and then you can turn off those selected ones. But I think they should be turned on to start with, just so that you have those options to see that information. So that's a little bit on the Playback, then we got some more options here. So these are some of the info options. They have the Overview, the IPTC, which we'll talk more about, various Shooting and Location, as well as the RGB histogram, as well as those Highlights that we showed you... as well as the focusing points that we used. Now there's a special little secret one that you can do. You can go to the RGB histogram, and if you hit that minus + go to the right, it'll show you the channel info. And that's something I wanna do right now for you. So, I'm gonna Playback an image, and I'm gonna take a look for the RGB histogram, there we go, now I'm gonna press this minus button, I'm gonna go to the right, and so right now, what we're looking at, is we're looking at basically all the pixels that are blown out. These pixels are the red channel pixels that are blown out. So all of our little tungsten lights on our wall there are blown out. Let's go to the next channel, which is green. So there are a bunch of green pixels as well, not as many as the red ones. And in the blue channel, there's a big section on this wall because it's just a little bit more blue over there than any other color. So we can see exactly red, green, and blue, which pixels are getting blown out. So that's just an additional way to check to see how your exposure is doing and which pixels are losing information because they're too bright. So that's one of those things you'll only find if you either dig real deep into the instruction manual, or you watch this class. Alright, next up, we have the key to protect your images. This will prevent them from being deleted, but you can still reformat the memory card either in the camera or in a computer, so it's a very light level of protection. But if you are fumbling with your fingers, and you accidentally delete photos, which I have heard people do numerous times, that will kind of put a lock on those images so they can't accidentally be deleted. You can zoom in and you can check sharpness, you can then change that zoom with the back dial of the camera, and then you can zoom back out as well. Let me do a quick little demo on that for you here. Let's go ahead and Playback an image. I'm gonna get back to a full-screen image so that we kinda see what we're looking at here a little more carefully here. If we zoom in, it's just gonna go zooming into the middle of the frame. We can then move around and we can see if I've focused properly, which looks like I did not on this particular camera. We can go in and out, let's see... That's a good way of checking sharpness. We can also keep going back and back so that we can get smaller and smaller thumbnails, and if we go back far enough, we can actually choose which card slot we're using. I just have one memory card in this camera right now. You can actually choose different folders on that memory card as well. That's some of the moving in and moving out for zooming in and zooming out. Now this is also a touchscreen. Now it is somewhat limited on the touchscreen options, but there are a number of things that you can do on this. So let's go back and show you some of the touchscreen options. I'm gonna zoom in just a little bit here. We can flick from side to side, so we're just gonna move through our images like this if we want. We can double tap and it will zoom in to wherever it is that we double tap. So if we wanna double tap up there it will go up there. If we go in, we can also change from image to image down here on the bottom. Let's zoom back out, and down along the bottom we have a scrubby, so we can scrub through images very very quickly. Let me pull up some information where we can see. So you can see the frame number up here in the right. You can see we're back here at picture number five, and I just kind of scroll over here, we're at picture number 32. So, you may not be able to do everything, so you can just kinda scroll back and forth and very quickly go through your images. Let's see, you can also kinda do the pinch to zoom as well. Then this would go back and forth from one image to the next with the two arrows down at the bottom. So it's got pretty good touchability. If you don't like the touch thing, you could turn that off, we'll see where we could turn that off in the menu section later on. We do have i button over here, which I think Nikon could make a little bit more useful, but it does a number of pretty good things right now. If you wanna go in and you wanna rate your images, retouch your movies and do some editing, you can do that. We're not gonna go into each of these features right now, most of this is in the menu section where we'll go through it. But the one that I do wanna talk about is that you can record a voice memo. You can't do this with other Nikon cameras and this is really handy, especially for sports photographers, who just shoot a big play and they might wanna say, "this is the big play in the third quarter," or some other piece of information about what that photo is. Let's go ahead and add a voice memo. So I'm gonna Playback an image, and let's see if we can find an image of Drew here. Okay, so here go. Now I'm gonna hit the i button and I'm gonna come down and Record a voice memo here. So I'm gonna wanna say something about this photo here. This is the best photo of Drew all day. And then I will... hopefully I got that recorded right. So now I can hit the i button and I can play this voice memo, let me lean in close so we can pick it up with the microphone. This is the best photo of Drew all day. So you can have this short little voice memo attached to any photograph that you take, which can be really handy if there's additional information. You can imagine if you photograph somebody and you need to get a hold of them and you take their picture. Just have them speak their email address into there. You don't have to copy it down and write that down. It's just part of that voice attached to that file. You'll see that when you download your images, it'll be on your computer. You do have to be careful, there are some programs, I think in Lightroom it may not automatically download that audio clip with that video. Just be aware that you may need to look for that, depending on the system that you're using. So that microphone is right on the back. That's not where your normal video recording is. There's separate microphones on the front of the camera, so there are actually three microphones on this camera. Alright, some other things that you can do. If you press OK + up on the multi-controller, you can choose which memory card you're using. OK + right will allow you to get into the Retouch menu, which is what I call Photoshop in the camera. Allows you to go in and do some tweaks with your images. OK + down gets you to the IPTC presets. And this is kinda like keywords expanded. So there'll be some more information, we talk about the IPTC, but that's available there. And then there's also the OK + the center button, which will allow you to go in and use the wireless or the Ethernet system if you have the appropriate things plugged into the side of your camera. The camera doesn't do Wi-Fi just straight on its own, you need an adapter for it. But you can hook it up so you can do image transfer very quickly and directly. So these are kind of keyboard shortcuts for the back of your camera in the Playback mode.

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.


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.