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Nikon D500 Fast Start

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Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/Flash

John Greengo

Nikon D500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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26. Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/Flash

Lesson Info

Custom Setting Menu: Bracketing/Flash

Next up, group of things dealing with bracketing and flash. Flash sync speed deals with what is the top shutter speed that you want your camera to use with the flash? In general, we're usually wanna have it at the maximum sync speed of the camera, which is 1/250th of a second. Flash shutter speed is the minimum shutter speed that you would have your camera use. This is the slowest shutter speed that your camera would use. For instance, if your camera was in the Program Mode, and it's figuring out shutter speeds for you when you have an attached flash. How low of shutter do you want us to go before we start just adding in more flash or changing the exposure in some other way? And so, this is where you get to grade yourself on how steady you are. An average user might get around a 60th of a second. Somebody who's very steady about holding their camera might have this down around to a 15th of a second. Exposure compensation for a flash, and this is where you can adjust the exposure for th...

e background or the ambient light and flash at the same time. And when we say entire frame, that's where the camera is gonna adjust for flash and ambient light at the same time. And that's gonna be fine for a basic photographer. The professional photographer is gonna wanna have individual control for their flash versus the ambient light, and that's why I have background only in the more advanced setting there. And so, when you do exposure compensation, it's only doing the ambient light, and you're gonna have to go up to the flash unit to control the exposure compensation on that if you want to. Only affected, of course, if you're using the flash on the camera. Auto flash ISO sensitivity control. And so, on this one, do I have any notes on this one? And so, this is kind of like the previous one, but if you are using auto ISO, how is it controlling the flash on it? The modeling flash, if you press down on the Preview Button, it turns your flash on a little bit like a disco light, very fast, strobing light. And the idea is so that you can see shadows from what your subject is going to create, or what your flash is going to create with shadows around your subject. And if you want to see where those shadows are gonna lay and how intense they're gonna be, it turns it on. And it's just kind of a preview of what it's gonna look like with light coming from that flash. So, the Auto Bracketing Mode, if you are doing the auto bracketing, do you want to include flash in that, and/or shutter speed, and/or aperture. And so, this is for people who are using flash and bracketing at the same time. Bracketing order, normally, the camera shoots the normal exposure first, and then, does the underexposure, and then, does the lighter exposure. And this isn't quite as easy for some people to read once they get their images back on their computer. And a lot of photographers prefer the under, then metered, and then, over options so that it goes smoothly from darkest to lightest.

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.