Left & Right Sides of Camera


Nikon® D500 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Left & Right Sides of Camera

Alright, next up, we got some doors that open up, little rubber doors. We have our USB connection, this is a 3.0 connection, so if you wanna connect your camera up to your computer for downloading it, you can do so right here. You can also plug in the WT-7A wireless transmitter. Now the camera does have SnapBridge, it does have WiFi built in to it, but these are, a little flaky from time to time, little inconsistent, they don't have a great range, if you need a more robust system, if you were gonna take this camera to the Olympics, and you're gonna mount the camera at the end of the long jump pit, and you have to be out on the stands, so you need to wirelessly get photos, as the long jumpers come down and run down and jump and do their long jump, and you're firing your camera from a distance, and you need your photos absolutely no interference at all, you wanted to have a stronger signal, this is the type of device that you would wanna buy. It's relatively expensive, it's about $800. B...

ut it gets you a much, much stronger WiFi signal. Next up we have our microphone input, little standard 3.5 inch jack, you can use a Nikon or other brand of microphone if you want. We have headphone jack standard size, 3.5 millimeters there as well. We then have our HDMI port, so you could either record 4K externally or if you wanna hook the camera up to a TV, you can do slide shows and show movies from the camera as well there. In the box, you're probably gonna get these little HDMI USB clips so that if you're working in a studio, it prevents the cables from falling out of the camera as you might accidentally bump them. And so that's what those little plastic things are for. Working our way over to the right side of the camera, first off is our little NFC symbol, and so for those of you with Android devices, this does not work with the Apple iOS system, but for the Androids, they have a little system where you get really close about four inches away and it will automatically connect devices so that you can send images from the camera to your phone so you can upload them to the internet from there. There's a little tiny rubber door that opens up in case you wanna use a/c power for scientific reasons or for tethered use in the studio, where you need constant battery supply, there's this little battery that has a cord that runs out of it that kind of slips out that little door right there, if you need those adapters. Our memory cards, we have the new XQD, and our more traditional Secure Digital card. So the XQD card is something that Nikon went to so that they could have faster read and write times for shooting 4K video and just for shooting still photos as fast as possible. And so these have a fairly limited collection right now, and I'm sure that at some point in the future this class is gonna seem very dated, in that 128 gigabytes is as big as we can get these things? Wow, that's corny how small that is. In the future, there'll be much larger sizes, we know that, but as of right now those are the sizes that you can get. And the read and write times are just very, very fast on this, which is really nice for anybody that shoots a lot of data and wants to get that on and off the card very quickly. The more standard SD memory cards are something that's very popular on cameras right now, and so the SD, HC, and XC is dealing with how big the cards are. You can use the UHS type two cards which are the faster SD cards which have a second row of pins, so that you can get more data on and off more quickly. The speed of the card is important for still photographers, sports photographers, who are trying to shoot data and trying to get that peak speed of information stored and read off the card. If you're shooting video, the bus speed and the minimum speed are a little bit more important because video is kind of just heavy data on a constant flow basis and so that's where you need a camera that has a minimum write speed that's relatively quick. And so if you are gonna to be shooting a lot of video on this, I would recommend, at least in the SD cards, a speed class three card which handles 30 megabytes per second, or faster. So when it comes to the memory and memory cards, as I said you can plug your camera in to download images. It's a relatively slow process. And it also takes the battery life and uses your camera. I recommend getting one of the card readers and plugging that in 'cause it's a much faster processing system. And if you have the option of just simply plugging your card in the camera, that's also very good as well. Speaking about the cards, one of the things you'll wanna do on a regular basis, is format your memory cards. This deletes the photos, deletes the ghost files, the directories, everything on the card, and resets it to communicate with this particular camera. So if you have a friend that has a Canon camera, first off, have pity for them, and secondly if they give you a card, you're gonna wanna reformat the card before you start using it in your Nikon camera.

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.