Custom Setting Menu: Metering/Exposure


Nikon® D500 Fast Start


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Custom Setting Menu: Metering/Exposure

The matrix metering has a mode where it recognizes faces and it will adjust exposures using that additional information and if you shoot pictures of people it seems to me that this does a pretty good job and so it's probably safe to leave this turned on. If you choose center-weighted metering area, you can choose what size of area that it is choosing. A lot of people aren't using center-weighted anymore so for most people this doesn't matter, but it is adjustable if you do use it. Fine-tune optimal exposure, and so let's dive into our little sub-menu in here. So this is where I hope you do not have to make any changes. All right. This is where your tweaking with like, the actual light meter of the camera. You're not just doing exposure compensation for one or two shots, you're permanently, not that you can't come back, but you are changing the light meter of your camera and you can go into each of the different weight-metering systems and you can fine tune this and I believe you do thi...

s in one-sixth of a stop increments and so if you did find that your camera was constantly under or over exposing by a small amount, or even a large amount, you could come here and fix it so that you don't have to do an exposure compensation. I had a camera one time, that just seemed to overexpose a lot of things and I just basically set my exposure compensation on minus one-third and that's how I fixed it and this has a better solution for that so that you can go in and adjust the way that they meter. All right, C, timers and auto-exposure lock. And so shutter button auto-exposure lock. So, when you press down on the shutter release of the camera, do you want it to lock the exposure? 'Cause right now, in the AFS mode it'll lock focus, but it doesn't lock exposure, you gotta press the button on the back of the camera and this is very much a personal style on how you shoot with the camera. The default system is off and that's where I think most people will want to leave it, but there are reasons and ways that people shoot that they might want to leave that turned on. Standby timer. So this is one of the ones about how long does the camera stay on before it goes into a sleep mode. You can have this shorter if you want to prolong your battery life, longer if you want more convenience with working with the menus. Self-timer mode on this one got a little sub-menu we're going to dive into. And so, how long do you want the camera to delay? Ten seconds is the normal time to get in the shot yourself. I'm often working off of a tripod and I like the two second delay in many cases. If you want, if you're going to do a group shot, a great way of doing a group shot is to set it at ten or 20 seconds, and rather than just taking one shot, take two, three, four shots. 'Cause I guarantee you with, you know, a number of people, somebody's gonna blink on that first shot and the second shot, and so take yourself five shots and then the next one will control the interval between the shots. And so in some ways, it's like an intervalometer, but just for a few number of photos. Just nine photos or less. So, good group system is I take four shots about a half second or one second apart. Next up is our monitor off delay and so previously the standby timer was when you pressed down on the shutter release how long is the meter on and is the LCD in the top of the camera active. The monitor off delay will be controlling the monitor in the back of the camera, but it will control if for a number of different times. In the playback mode, when you're in the menus, when you have the information display turned on and so forth. And so you can go in and you can customize these if you want to. You want to get more battery life? Cut all those times in half. You want a little bit more convenience? Double 'em.

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.