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Nikon D500 Fast Start

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Setup Menu: Wi-Fi

John Greengo

Nikon D500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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29. Setup Menu: Wi-Fi

Lesson Info

Setup Menu: Wi-Fi

Camera also has a Wi-Fi system. Let's go into a little bit of the Wi-Fi system in here. And so there's a number of network settings that you're gonna have to go into, so sub-menu within sub-menu. You can go into the service set identifier, and so this is kind of the ID number of the camera that's gonna show up and the Wi-Fi signal. If you wanna change that, you can. You can change the way that the encryption is set. You can set a particular password in order to connect with your phone, if you want to. And then you can have different channels. If for some reason you're getting some crosstalk on different channels, you can set up a different channel, so it's not having that problem. Next up, you can see where your current settings are set at in that particular camera. And then, if you want to, you can go ahead and reset all the connections in the camera itself. And so, the basic idea on the Wi-Fi is that you've got things to do on your phone, and things to do with the camera. So on the p...

hone, the first thing that you need to do is download Nikon's Wireless Mobility app. And so you'll need to go to the app store and download this app. It's a free app, so feel free to go ahead and jump in and do that right away. On the camera, you're gonna wanna make sure, there we go, that you're gonna have your Wi-Fi function enabled, so that it's got a Wi-Fi signal that it's sending out. You're gonna need to go back to your phone. Make sure that your Wi-Fi system is turned on. That's the first step. Then you're gonna need to select the D500, or whatever the password or name of the camera that you've given, and then open the Nikon app. And this is where you would be able to remote control the camera, and you would be able to see what your camera sees from your phone, and you would be able to download photos that are in your camera and on your memory card to your phone. You can simply go through your phone and look at all the photos on your memory card in the camera, choose which ones you want to download, check those boxes, and download it to your phone. And so it's really nice for remote viewing. Having done this on a number of cameras, I can tell you it, once again, eats through a lot of battery power, both on your phone and on your camera. And so you do have to be very careful. Do not expect to shoot a long event via Wi-Fi from your phone, unless you have them all connected up to AC power. We also have a Bluetooth option here, and this is partly how it works with the SnapBridge, and so there is various controls that you can get in here to tweak with. The network connection is the WT-7A wireless transmitter, so if you needed a really strong wireless connection, don't rely on the SnapBridge or the Wi-Fi system. You wanna get into this wireless transmitter. It was about $700, but it has a much larger range and has a much more robust signal, so for very professional, very serious use, you would need to get into this unit. The conformity marking is things that the camera conforms to. I don't know. It's group that the camera is set for. I'm not sure what it is (laughing). So, if you have the MB-D17 battery, you can select what type of battery you are using. So, if you have the double-A batteries, you have the choice of standard double-As, lithium double-As, or rechargeable double-A's, and they all have a slightly different connection with the camera. So, if you are using the double-A batteries, tell the camera which type of battery you are using. If you are using the vertical grip, you can choose to use the camera battery first, or the grip battery first, depending on what you would prefer. The battery info is really nice, because that shows you very specific charge information. Here, we can see we have 74% of the battery left. You can see how many shots you've taken, and you can see whether your battery is relatively new, or relatively old and needing replacement soon by the gauge on the very bottom. So, great for checking how much battery life you have left. If you forget to put a memory card in the camera, do you want the shutter to be able to fire? For most of us, no, we don't. We don't wanna pretend like we're taking photos, when there's no film in the camera. And so, this is mainly designed for people who work in camera stores and they wanna hand the camera to somebody and let 'em fire the shutter to hear what it sounds like without a memory card in the camera. So, if you put this on lock, it won't be able to fire if there's no memory cards in there. So you don't have to worry about pretending to take photos when you're not actually doing it. If you were to have multiple D500s, now wouldn't that be cool, multiple D500s, you could set up one camera exactly as you want it, save those settings to a memory card, put 'em in another camera, and load them up. And so, I think this came around because of bullet time. If you remember, The Matrix had a special series of shots that were shot with, I don't know, 150 cameras, and you can imagine going through the menu settings on 150 cameras and re-setting them. In this case, it'd be a lot easier. You save it all to one card and just load it onto each camera, and you'd get all those same settings on all the cameras. If you have not been paying attention for the last two hours in this class, you can reset all the settings that you've been playing with and go back to the beginning and set 'em all over again. Firmware version. So, this is the software that runs the camera. At the time of the recording of this class, we are working on camera firmware 1.01. I have no doubt that at some point in the future, Nikon is gonna do an update. They're gonna find a bug, or a feature that they wanna tweak within some way, and they're gonna do an update, and if you want to get that update, they'll also have updates for their lens distortion correction data, as well as their lenses, as well. You need to go to Nikon's website, and look up their firmware. Download their firmware to your computer, and then transfer it onto a memory card. Put your memory card in the camera, and then come here in the firmware version, and the camera will sense that there is new firmware on the memory card. And you will be able to upload. And it usually takes about five minutes for the camera to upload the new firmware to get it to work. The only other recommendation I would say, is you wanna use a fresh memory card that has been reformatted. Don't use something that has photos or anything else on it.

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.