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Nikon D7500 Fast Start

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Custom Control Menu

John Greengo

Nikon D7500 Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

23. Custom Control Menu

Lesson Info

Custom Control Menu

We've alluded to this control many times before in this class. First item in the control section is the "Custom control assignment", so there are a number of function buttons on the camera that can be assigned different controls. We're not gonna go through all the different controls that you can assign to all the buttons, but I encourage you to dive in here and take a look, see if there's a way to re-program the buttons in order to work better for something that you may want. And, so, a lot of great options in here for tweaking controls and just finding things a little bit more quickly than having to dive into the menu. The OK button on the back of the camera can be customized and so feel free to dive in here and control it. One of the things that you can do here is that normally by pressing the OK button, it moves the focusing point back to the center. You can have it just simply highlight where the point is currently, or you can have it do nothing at all. In the playback mode, that O...

K button can do a few different things. It can turn on the thumbnails on and off, which is a nice option, or maybe turning on those histograms might be good for you. You can also customize it to work in Live view, selecting the center focus point, or if you want to zoom in, if you zoom in to check sharpness quite a bit, that would be a good option. So that's all customizing the OK button. Next up is customizing the command dials, so remember, in the back, we have the main command, and in the front, we have the sub-command, and there are lots of different tweaks we can do to these dials. First off, we can reverse the rotation of the dials when we are in exposure compensation, so when you press "Exposure compensation", and you want the indicator to go to the right, which direction do you turn the dial? Well, you turn it to the right, and it's perfectly logical and that works as normal, so I don't think that one needs to be changed. If you want to change the shutter speeds and apertures. Well, if it's off to the minus side, and you're wondering, well, which way should I turn the back dial in order to get the proper exposure? Logic in my mind says I would want to turn that dial to the right hand side. And in order to do that, you have to get this mode here switched to the shutter speed aperture setting and so, if you select this here under "Reverse rotation", you're reversing the rotation when you're selecting shutter speeds and apertures, and it's gonna make setting them a whole lot easier, I think, when you are in a manual mode, because the dial movement will mimic the movement of the indicator in there. And so, it's a little something that I know has caused a lot of new Nikon photographers a lot of grief, because it's telling you to go this way, but I have to go this way to fix it, and now everything will be going in the right direction. If you would like to change the main command and the sub-command, as far as what they do, ones easier to reach on your fingers for the way your hand holds the camera, you can completely swap their operation forward and backward. You can change what they're doing with the exposure setting, as well, and is along with the Autofocus settings, and so, you remember one of them changes the area that you focus, and the other changes the mode in which you focus, and so you can swap those back and forth as well. Usually not real necessary in that case. Alright, so you can also go in to "Menus and playback", and so you can adjust these controls, the dial controls can also be used in the menus and playback. And if you want to activate them so that you can scroll up and down in the menu, that's kind of a nice option, doesn't really hurt anything. Sub-dial advance, normally you're using the back of the camera dial to go forward and back as you play back through images, and the sub-command dial will jump 10 frames forward or 50 frames forward, or it can protect your images. Or anytime you're playing back images, what else do you do with your images? And you can set this up so that it's just a little bit faster and easier to jump between items or to activate a particular function. Next up, "Release button to use dial". So, normally with these Nikon cameras, what you need to do is you need to press a button, hold it down, and then turn the dial. And that's how you activate that particular feature. It's kind of a safety protocol, so that you can't just accidentally press a button and have something happen on this case. But if you would prefer, you could have the option of pressing the button, and then having a small time gap in which you can just turn the dial at your leisure. And so, if you were just working the camera with one hand, or one finger, this might be an easier option, and so some people like this. It is the way other unmentionable brands of cameras work. So, some cameras work on a push and hold, some with a push and a time limit. And so if you want it work like other cameras, you can set it up to do that. If you want to reverse the indicators, which side the plus and minus is on, you can do it. There's some older Nikon cameras that have the minus on the right hand side, and if you want this camera to match them, you can switch this one around. Next up is movie controls, and so if you are recording movies, there are a couple buttons that can be customized for your needs. And so, feel free to go in, check out the different options, if you shoot a lot of movies, this will enable you to just do a few more things a little bit more quickly and easily without diving into menus.

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.