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Nikon D7500 Fast Start

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Class Introduction

John Greengo

Nikon D7500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

1. Class Introduction

Lesson Info

Class Introduction

Hello. Welcome everybody. My name is John Greengo, and this is the Nikon D7500 Fast Start class. In here we are gonna be looking at the Nikon D7500, all the buttons, all the controls, all the menu functions, everything it does. If you own this camera, if you use this camera, this is where you're gonna learn how to figure out what all the stuff does and how to get your camera set up for what you do. Got a good class for you planned here, some quick things. Part of the class is this PDF download, which is the entire menu system on one page. Yeah, it's gotten a little small in font, but this camera has a lot of features in here. So, we'll be ending up going through all of these features on here. I've got recommendations on here. This will be listed under the class materials in the class, on the webpage with Creative Live. All right, as I say, we're gonna have a great class here. Let's go ahead and get started on this. Nikon D7500 is right in the mid-line, you might say, of the Nikon lineu...

p, and it's gonna be a very popular camera. A lot of different people are using this camera. So what we're gonna do is do a little overview of what we're looking at here in this camera. We'll do a few photo basics for those of you who might be new to DSLR photography. The main part of the class is gonna be the camera controls. That's where we look at all the buttons and dials, talk about what they do and how to make best use of them. Then the second half of the class is menu functions. This is where we go through the entire menu. I help you figure out what's in there and how to set your camera up for what you want to do. Then finally we'll end it all off with camera operations, where we look at some of the most critical features and how I would set the combination of them for different types of photography. Now, I know when you get this camera, you get a rather large instruction manual, and there is lots of good information in this manual. It's not the easiest to read, I will say, and that's why we do have this class. Now, it's impossible for me to cover everything that is in that instruction manual. There is a lot of compatibility issues and specifications that we're not gonna get into. So you might need to dig into that at some point, but I'm hoping that I'm gonna get you past all the main important points in using the camera. But feel free to dig in there if you don't feel like I've gone far enough into something specific, 'cause there is a bit more information buried in there. Now this class is gonna teach you how to work this camera, but that doesn't necessarily teach you photography. Photography has a lot of other aspects: lighting, composition, and so forth, that we don't have time to get into in this specific class, so if you are looking for a class on that, I do make a couple of other classes here at Creative Live. One is a short class for people who want to get out the door real quickly with the basics, called the Photography Starter Kit for Beginners. For those of you who want to dig in deeper into the details, my Fundamentals of Photography class is a much more in-depth class where we have lots of time to explore lots of different ideas and concepts in photography, and will likely satisfy beginners to intermediates to advanced photographers. So feel free to check those out if you want more after this class. Nikon has been around for quite awhile. If you're new to Nikon, welcome to Nikon. They are celebrating their 100th year, and they started with ... They were originally just a optical company, but then they started making small little rangefinder cameras, and the predecessor, you might say, to this camera in some very distant manner, is the Nikon F, which uses the same lens mount, albeit it has gone through some generational changes. It is the same basic lens mount that is on this camera. They've had that around for quite some time. An important date to know is 1986, 'cause that's when Nikon introduced their auto-focus lenses, so you can use auto-focus lenses that go back quite some time with this camera. So they had to make some notable changes to be able to keep that same lens mount, but add the auto-focus capability to it. I remember when the first Nikon digital ... Truly Nikon digital camera came out. They came out with a few prototypes ahead of this, but this was the first mainline one, and it sold for about $5,500, and it had 2.7 megapixels on it, and we were glad to have it at that time, 'cause it was the best on the market. All right, so one of the things that I like most about getting a Nikon camera, is that you are part of a very large family of cameras and systems, and so you have tons of lenses, great flash system, and a lot of other different camera bodies, whether you want to move on up the line to something that is more expensive that offers a greater variety of features or something else, or you want a lower end camera as a backup camera, or a second camera in the family, for instance. There's a lot of different options within the Nikon lineup. The 7500 is kind of what they consider a mid-level enthusiast camera, which means it's not quite in their professional series, although I'm sure there's a number of professionals and people making money using this camera, 'cause it's perfectly capable of that. They do have the D500 above this, which is a little bit more high-end sports orientated, and then below it they have the 3400 and the 5600, and this is kinda the first camera that has really good controls for somebody who is into photography. This is a great camera for going out and having full manual control of the camera, where everything's kind of placed in the right spot and easy to get to. So a very good camera in my mind. In fact, the kind of the original of this series, the D70 was my first interchangeable lens digital camera. And that was a great camera to have. That was the first camera that, I think broke the $1,000 barrier. It was real close to $1, when it came out for the body only. And as you can see, they kind of have a new generational change about every year and a half, two years or so with this system, and this is the latest, greatest of this version of the camera. If you do happen to go through the instruction manual, you'll notice that there are lots of different warnings about what you can and cannot do with the camera, and how to take care of the camera. Yes, obviously, just don't be stupid with the camera, doing crazy things. Something that is a good, legitimate question is about the weather resistance of this camera because they do say it's got extensive weather sealing, but it is not waterproof, and so kinda one of the big questions is if it's raining can I go out and shoot pictures? I would say, "Well, it depends on how hard it's raining, and how long you're gonna be out there." In a light rain, for a modest amount of time, you're not gonna have a problem. I would not go out in a heavy rain with the camera unless you've got one of those weather coverings for it, and if you're gonna be out shooting for a long time in a very wet environment, that would be another time you'd want to take some sort of precaution with the camera, and so, it has some but not extensive weather sealing in that regard. The other warning is about non-Nikon accessories, and I do have some specific warnings about batteries that I'm gonna talk about when I get to the bottom side of the camera because there was a recall at one time with some Nikon batteries, so I want to give you some specific information, so in general I do recommend sticking with the Nikon batteries in most cases. There are some generics. They might not be the worst thing in the world for a back-up, but I tend to want to stay with mostly Nikon accessories. With the flash if you intend to do TTL flash with the camera, which is the automated flash system. If you're doing a manual flash, well then pretty much anything is gonna work, whether you're in the studio or you just have cheap strobes that you're just firing off, but if you want to do the full communication, I really do like the Nikon flashes. Nikon, of course, makes good lenses, but, you know, there's a lot of other good companies that make good lenses: Sigma, Tamron, Tokina. They're fully compatible. They're not gonna cause any problems, and sometimes they just offer something different than Nikon has, and so not gonna really be a problem with that at all. So let's make sure that your camera and my camera is ready for today's class. You need to have a battery charged and in the camera. It takes about 2 1/2 hours. You're likely to get around 1,000 shots per charge, so it's a pretty good battery life. Attach a lens onto the camera. Make sure you got a memory card in there, and I'm gonna turn my camera on right now. Not my favorite mode, but let's turn it to the auto mode, the full green auto mode. This is where the camera takes care of everything for you. And I'm gonna go ahead and take a photo here, just to make sure that my camera is working right. Looks like we're all set up here in the studio. Hopefully you are at home as well.

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 D7500 with this complete step-by-step walk-through 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 finer nuances of the 51-point AF system for sports portraits and more
  • Customize the deep menu to fit your specific needs

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 D7500’s settings to work for your style of photography.


Thomas Sielaff

Great, great course. Could not be any clearer on what to know, what to do, and in all, making understanding my camera a fun thing! Well, well, worth that cost. A steal really!!


Helps you master the camera controls very quickly. I'm glad I took the course. Without it, I'm sure it would have taken me years to know and use the full power of this camera. Great Course. Highly recommend.

Roy Shenfield

This is a great course! I recently bought a D7500 and was somewhat stymied by the large number of different possible settings and the several hundred page user manual and menu guide. This course covers the vast majority of what I need to know and in a reasonable amount of detail. I especially liked the material on menus as he went through most of them in detail. Additionally all the slides shown in the course are available in pdf as well as several pages detailing the authors recommended settings. I highly recommend, especially given the $24.00 special offering for this.