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Basic Camera Controls

John Greengo

Nikon D500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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4. Basic Camera Controls

Lesson Info

Basic Camera Controls

All right, folks, are you finally ready? Is that enough preamble? Are we ready to get into the good stuff on the camera? All right, so let's get into the controls of the camera. The way that I like to do this is I just like to take a tour of the camera and talk about everything, going around all the different sides of the camera. First off, your basic controls. Obviously, you wanna turn the camera on for the operations, It does go through a sensor cleaning system. It automatically tries to knock off any dust on the sensor. If there continues to be dust on the sensor, there are further, additional steps you can take. I'll talk about that later, in the menu system. The shutter release. Obviously for taking photos, but your camera needs battery power for the camera to work. So, it goes to sleep on a regular basis. To wake it up from its little nap that it likes to take you press halfway down on the shutter release. If you're in the menu system, and you're just like, I don't know where I a...

m. I just wanna get back out. I just wanna shoot photos. Press halfway down on the shutter release and it always goes back to the shooting mode. The main dial on this camera is the thumb dial on the back of the camera. That's kind of the go to dial for making changes. But, there is a sub-command dial on the front of the camera. I occasionally forget main and sub and I will call it the rear and the front, which is pretty obvious, just where they are. I may use either of those terms. The multi-selector is another term I have a hard time remembering. I might call it the mouse or the up down selector in the back of the camera. That's how we're gonna navigate the focusing system as well as the menu system. Be aware that if that multi-selector is not working for you, there is a lock switch that locks it and prevents it from being bumped. There are some people, like myself, that are left-eyed, and their nose will bump into this. This is why that lock is there, so that you don't accidentally bump it when you didn't intend to. New on this camera is the little sub-selector, which we will probably be calling the joy stick. It's great for navigating and moving those focusing points around, but you're gonna be able to do a number of other things with it as well. Slightly confusing on the Nikon cameras is something that I don't even know that it has an official name, but I call it a center button. There's a button in the middle of the multi-selector, and you can frequently use this for selecting something. So, you've highlighted something, and you say, okay yeah, that's the thing I want. You can press that center button. But, sometimes that center button doesn't work, and you have to go over and press the actual OK button, 'cause it says press OK. Sometimes the center button acts as an OK button, and other times it doesn't. They are two separate buttons, but they sometimes have overlapping controls. The way Nikon buttons work is a little different. Wow, I'm explaining how buttons work right now. (chuckles) You have to press down on the button and hold it down while you turn the dial. It's kind of a safety precaution, so that you don't accidentally make a change in the quality setting, for instance. You gotta keep the button held down and then you turn it. If you don't like this operation, there will be a way of tweaking it and adjusting it to make it like other brands of cameras. I'll talk about that once we get into the menu system where we can make that control.

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® D500 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 class you'll learn:

  • How to use the D500’s various shooting modes
  • How to use and customize the D500’s menus
  • How to master the 4K video function
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 D500’s settings to work for your style of photography.

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Carl Vanderweyden

John Greengo is the best! I purchased a Nikon D500 and this course around the same time. Because of this camera being so complex, I felt that a course would be beneficial. This course that John teaches is exactly what I needed. His knowledge of this camera as well as photography in general is exceptional. In fact, I own a couple of other courses presented by John and I also bought a couple of his books! I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know the ins-and-outs of this D500! Thanks again John for a great course and your great way of explaining things with clear dialect and great visuals!

M Jo

Wow! What a great class! John is a natural teacher, moving at a good pace and explaining things carefully, never assuming you already know more than you might. I just got my D500 last week and am so pleased to have gone through this entire class. I learned a LOT and took some notes to refer back to. I've also just bought a Z6 and have purchased John's class for that. Can't wait to dive in!!!

Christina Brittain

By The class. John is the gold standard for teaching. He repairs lessons to perfection. He speaks in ways students comprehend all that he presents. Never waste words. Never bores. Always demonstrates his points. I will continue to purchase his classes as they provide the best learning I have found. He is making me a much better photographer, both technically and creatively. You can't make good images if you don't know your gear. Hope he teaches lessons in Portland Oregon one day. I know Pro Photo Supply would sponsor him.