Nikon® D500 Fast Start

Lesson 1/31 - Class Introduction


Nikon® D500 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Class Introduction

The idea here is that we're gonna be going through all the features, all the operations, all the menu settings of the D500. It is one of the most complex, in-depth cameras I have ever seen, in fact, I was putting my class together, going through my normal procedure on this, and my normal little layout system that I use didn't work because this camera had so many features to it, and so we do have a big class ahead of us today. There's a lot of things to talk about. I know there's a lot of people who like to do, you know, quick five or 10 minute videos online about how to use a camera, and that is just completely impossible. There are plenty of things in life that you cannot learn in five or 10 minutes, and this camera is most definitely one of them. So if you're willing to take the time to learn how to use this product, I think you'll be able to get some amazing photos with it, because it really is a phenomenal tool. But even for people who have been with Nikon for quite some time, it's...

different than previous ones, there's a number of things that they've changed, it's a complex device, but I think once you learn how to use it and adapt it to your type of photography, it's gonna be a really great camera for you. So let me tell you what we got in store for you here today. There we go, alright. So I've broken our class down into a few different sections. We're gonna start with just a little overview for those of you who might be new with Nikon or kinda wanna know how this fits into the rest of their product base. And I know a lot of you probably already know about shutter speeds and apertures and some basics, but we're gonna do a quick little review. I know some people like a little review. I wanna make sure everyone's fully up to speed for this class, so we're just gonna spend a few minutes on some photo basics. And the vast majority of this class is gonna be going through the camera functions, and we're gonna look at every button, every dial on the camera and go through and talk about what it does and why you would use it for one thing or the other. And just to kinda give you an idea of how I, kind of, base my thoughts and my process of this, I figure that most people wanna learn how to use this camera manually, and so we're gonna really think about this from a manual point of view. We'll talk about how to use it automatically and when you might wanna use that, but if you can understand it manually, that's a good place to start from. The second half of the class is gonna be the menu functions. And this is where I was blown away. This camera has more menu options than I've ever seen in a previous camera. It's caused me to redesign the way that I work on this class. And I will mention that when you do get this class, there is a PDF that comes with the class, I call it Recommended Settings. And this is every single item in the menu system, well, it's pretty much everything (laughs) in the menu system, along with my recommendations. But it's all on one page, which makes it very easy for scanning. So if you're looking for something like where's that wifi setting, and you can scan the page and find it a little bit more easy, and I've color-coded it and kind of broken it up into pages, so once you get to learn it, it'll be fairly quick and easy. I've also included the exact same page without my recommendations, 'cause my recommendations are simply a starting point for where you might wanna have your camera set. There's a couple of pages after this which will also have other information about important settings on the camera and how I would set the camera up for various situations. So, it's not designed to be an instruction manual, it's just kind of an extra visual guide that goes along with the class as well. And at the very end of the class we'll go into camera operation, which is, what are the basic controls? The 10 most important controls that I'm gonna want to adjust on a regular basis and how would I set them up for a variety of situations. So that's what we're gonna do in the class, it's a big class, so hopefully you guys are all ready to go.

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.


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.

Adam Webster

I have to say I had been disappointed I had to work through parts of this course, it was so good! I purchased it, and going through it again was well worth it. I learned how to do so many of the functions, and when peered with John's Fundamentals, Lenses, and Nature/Landscape courses I think I have been taking much better pictures already. I do feel that if you have or are planning on getting the D500, this course and the others are very much worth it, and will help your techniques, getting you better photos.

Peter Rudy

As a amateur "enthusiast" who loves taking sports shots of my kids, I was scared the Nikon D500 was going to me too much camera for me. But after taking this class, I feel a lot better about my purchase and am really excited about getting out there and shooting. John's class is so much easier than reading through a long manual. I wish there was a course like this for every camera I have purchased in my lifetime! Highly recommended.