Basic Camera Controls


Nikon® D850 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Basic Camera Controls

Alright folks it is time to get into the main part of this class, our camera controls. We are gonna be looking at all the buttons and all the dials of the camera and talking about what they do and how to make the most of them. Let's first start off with a few basic controls. When you turn the camera on, the camera automatically goes through an image sensor cleaning system which tries to knock off any sort of dust that might be on the sensor. You may still get dust on the sensor in the long term and I will talk later in the menu system about how you can deal with that yourself. The shutter release will need to be pressed down at least halfway to wake the camera up to turn the meter on, to turn the displays on. So just press halfway down on the shutter release in order to do that. On the back of the camera is Nikon's main control dial. And when you wanna make a change, that's a good place where you may be making it. There is also a subcommand dial around the front of the camera so you go...

t one directly on the back and one directly on the front and that's how we're gonna be changing shutter speeds, apitures, as well as a number of other bits of information and these can be customized as I will talk more about later on in the class. We do have a couple of other general controllers. We do have the multi-selector on the back, which is our up, down, left, right. We'll be using this for moving the focusing point around, and navigating throughout the menu system. We also have a sub-selector, and this is a new dedicated button for just changing the focusing points. But we can also use this for navigating through the menu system and doing other things in general on the camera. Now inside the multi-selector is a center button and you can usually and frequently use that button to confirm an entry. When you're going through the menu system, you may want to confirm one of a number of settings and once it's highlighted you can press the center button. But sometimes you need to press the okay button. And this is something that is a little confusing that gets me mixed up sometimes. Because sometimes you can press the center button, but sometimes it's a little more important of a decision, and they make you go over and press the okay button. So sometimes it's one, sometimes it's the other, sometimes it's both, so just be aware of that as you go through the menu and are making selections. And that's our okay button there. Alright so a word to the wise on the way Nikon buttons in general work, is that you're gonna be holding down the button and turning the dial at the same time, so it is kind of a two finger affair you need both fingers in order for this to work. And so this will be true of a lot of the buttons on the top or on the back of the camera. You'll press and hold it, while you are turning the dial on it.

Class Description

Get the most out of your new Nikon D850 with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. You'll learn why this camera is highly sought after by enthusiasts and professional photographers alike. Join expert photographer John Greengo as he gives you all the information you need to understand the camera's buttons, menus, and functions.

In this Fast Start class John will show you:

  • The major new feature called focus shift shooting which allows you to capture infinite depth of field for product and landscape photography
  • How to take advantage of the 153 focus points that can be customized to fit your needs
  • The step-by-step process of setting up the Snapbridge wireless images transfer to your phone so you can instantly upload during the shoot.

John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. With over 50 Fast Start classes in the CreativeLive catalog, he will discuss the complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the NIkon D850 settings to work for your style of photography.


JIm TRull

I like John’s teaching style. The class is a good comprehensive overview of the new Nikon 850. Although I have owned Nikon’s for several years I found the class to be very helpful with all the new features this camera offers. I highly recommend the class.

Daniel Schuffert

This is a great class showing everything that the D850 can do. His presentation skills are good, the visuals are also good, and the content is priceless!


John is great. This is a well explained and articulate hands on demo of the D850. Assuming you have the fundamentals of photography down, you will pick up everything there is to now about this dynamic and exciting new tool offered by Nikon. I would recommend this class to anyone who owns this camera.