Nikon® D5600 Fast Start

Lesson 14/22 - Playback Menu


Nikon® D5600 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

Find your way to the blue playback tab, and just another little quirk about Nikon, I always like to note the quirky things. Nikon's the only camera company that puts the playback tab as their first item. Everyone else puts their camera one. I don't know why they put playback in first here. But in any case, the first option is to delete photos. There's a garbage can on the back of the camera that'll do fine for that, but the delete button will work a little bit better if you have lots of images to delete. You can delete, you know, everything on the card right away by doing all of them. You can select everything from a particular date, and delete them that way. And so if you have to delete a lot of photos, there's a lot of button pressing on the back of the camera, 'cause each photo takes two button presses. And here it's a little bit easier to scroll through, check off the ones you want deleted, and then delete all of them at the same time. Next up is our playback folder, and this is an...

other little quirky thing with Nikon. Usually it comes selected only to the D-5600. Which means, that if you had, lets just say you had the previous D5500, you upgraded to this camera, you took your memory card, which had some photos from that old D5500 and put it into this camera. This camera would no longer recognize those old images unless you told it to look at all. So in this case it's going to look at all folders no matter what camera they came from, which I think is the safest option, especially if you were gonna reformat a card. You wanna be sure that you know exactly what you're reformatting or deleting. Playback display options. This is what we went into earlier in the class, and I checked off all of these boxes so that when I go up and down in the playback mode in the camera, I can look at different sets of information. And so one option here is to check off all of the boxes and then go back later on and uncheck any box that you don't find useful. Or you could possibly just uncheck everything and just check on the ones that you want to get to. But I think the shooting data and the RGB histogram are very very helpful ones, and the types of ones that you would probably wanna have on, clicked on all the time. The nice thing with the Nikon cameras is that you can quickly scroll from image to image and you can be showing this extra information, or not. And so I think they have a very good system design for being able to view, or not view, this information. One of the options is the highlights, and so what happens here is all the pixels that are really, really bright, which are potentially over-exposed, are gonna be blinking at you. And so from a technical sense, you should be concerned a little bit about this, and you may need to adjust your exposure. But this is the blown out highlights on the jpeg preview in your camera. It's not necessarily showing you what's blown out on a raw image. And so, if you see a small area that is blinking at you and you are shooting raw images, I wouldn't be too concerned. There's a very, very good chance that you're gonna be able to recover that area if it's not too far gone. And so this is just for the jpeg preview that you see in the back of the camera. So, image review, do you want to see an image on the back of the camera after you have shot a photo? Most people kinda like that, because in a DSLR you don't get to see that image until after you've taken the picture, when you look through the viewfinder that's just looking at, through the lens. You're not being able to see the digital version of that image. And so, if you didn't want this, maybe you were doing a time lapse, and you wanted to save battery power, you could turn it off. But most people are gonna leave it turned on. Auto image rotation deals with rotating images. And this one you wanna leave turned on, because it's gonna rotate the images onto your computer automatically. And so what's happening is that when you hold the camera vertically, the camera has a motion sensor inside the camera that detects it's vertical, adds that information to the meta-data as to the natural orientation of that image, and will automatically rotate it when you download it, and that just saves us a whole lotta time. Rotate tall sounds familiar, is similar, but is different. And what this does here, is if you turn rotate tall off, which is what I do recommend here, is that the image will be the maximum size possible on the back of the camera. That way you can judge your image for sharpness, with as easy as possible. Rotate tall on would be good if you're gonna be doing slide shows and you need to have your camera in a horizontal mode, or you're going to be showing it on a screen, which is horizontal like most TV's. So, as I say, you can hook your camera up to a TV and do a slideshow, and if you do that there's gonna be a whole little sub-menu in here that's gonna allow you to start, describe what type of images you want to show. Whether it's movies, or still images, combinations, or other. And then, how long do you want to be able to see those images in that slideshow? Do they just automatically go from one image to the next? If you want to go in and rate your images in your camera, you can do that. It's a star rating system that is the same as you'll find in programs like Adobe Lightroom. And so, using your camera to rate your images, it's got a pretty small screen, and I don't think it's the best place to do that. But you know, if you're on vacation and you're waiting at the airport to come home and you've got nothing to do for an hour, you could get a jumpstart on your editing by going through all of your images and giving the better quality images two or three stars or whatever you want to do there. And so that'll be carried forward in the metadata when you download your images. And so, not something I would normally waste a lot of time doing here, but it's there if you want to take advantage of it to help, as I say, get a jumpstart on the editing section. Throughout the rest of the part of this class, we'll be talking more about Bluetooth's. More towards the later end of this class. But if you want to, once you have this camera hooked up to the SnapBridge option, is you can have the camera set up so that it sends images when you request it, sending images to your phone. And so if you have your camera set up with SnapBridge, you take a bunch of photos, you could select one of 'em, and have that be sent to your phone so that you can use it and access the photo from that location. And so, this will become a little bit more relevant once we dig deeper into the menu system and activate the entire BlueTooth and SnapBridge system.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But trying to understand the manual can be a frustrating experience. Get the most out of your new Nikon D5600 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 Fast Start class, you’ll learn:

  • Learn the best autofocus options for both standard and live view shooting
  • Link your D5600 to your smartphone using Nikon's new Snapbridge system
  • Customize the camera in the menu system to fit your style of photography

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 D5600's settings to work for your style of photography.


Steve Weinstein

I thought this class was excellent in that John Greengo showed me the essentials of my new Nikon D5600. I learned all about the menus, the settings and the relationship between shutter, aperture and ISO. Highly recommended.

Kyosa Canuck

I find these interesting and very informative just for the featiures. I would like to see one on the slightly older Sony a77. Note, too, Mr Greengo that this manufacturer is, as I have been many times corrected, Neekaan and not Nighkawn.

ronald james

I have had the D5600 for some 5 months and purchased a few instruction books on the camera but just an hour with the lesson and I have learnt far more in a short time than I thought possible - John Greengo is the man