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Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 19

Bottom of Camera


Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 8 of 19

Bottom of Camera


Lesson Info

Bottom of Camera

Let's look to the bottom of the camera. We have our serial number. Record that for insurance purposes. Standard tripod socket, so all sorts of monopods and tripod accessories will hook into that. We then have our battery compartment, takes a standard Nikon battery that they've kinda kept pretty similar for the last several generations of cameras. The EN-EL 15 comes with a quick charger, or possibly comes with a cord depending on what country you come in. You can get anywhere from 1200 to 1800 shots or more, depending on your usage of the camera. The battery charger will have a little light that blinks on it to let you know that you're charging the battery, and then it will go steady when you are fully charged on that. If you wanna check the battery status, in the Setup Menu is gonna be a nice, very thorough look at how many shots you've taken with the battery, how good it is, and its overall lifespan. Talking about the batteries, Nikon has had a few issues with the batteries over the y...

ears. One of the things you may wanna take a look at, if you are using older camera batteries on this new camera, is they had a little designation on there. The lithium ion 20, these are the okay ones. Lithium ion 01, you're not gonna get as much life. You're not gonna damage the camera, but it's a relatively short life. And it's potential that Nikon will still replace them. I'm not sure if they're still doing that right now, but you can check with Nikon if you do happen to have those old batteries, 'cause they have a new version of it. Now, they also did have a bad batch of batteries come through at one time. So, you wanna take a look on the back of your camera. These were batteries that came out with the D800, D800E, D7000. It's getting to be quite a while ago, but it's possible you may still have some of these batteries around. If you look into the serial number of the battery, the ninth character, if it's an E or an F, you should be able to get that battery replaced. It was basically a bad batch of batteries that came from Nikon. So, take a look at your batteries. See if that's an issue. I would probably not use those batteries in the camera if that's the case. Next up, we have our vertical grip extension. The camera uses the MB-D18 vertical grip, which is really nice for people that have larger hands or people that do a lot of people photography, 'cause you end up shooting vertically and it's more comfortable having your hands in that position on that vertical grip when you're shooting. Now, this is gonna come with a battery holder, so you can put your standard battery in that holder into the bottom of the grip. But, you can also use standard double A batteries. If you're in a far-flung location, and your batteries die, all you need is double A batteries, which are available almost anywhere. Now, one of the things that has been talked about a lot on this camera is the fact that it can shoot nine frames a second. Well, it can, but there's kind of a big caveat, and that is is that, first off, you need the MB-D18 grip, which is gonna sell for a little under $400. You need to have a battery, which is not designed for this camera. It's designed for the D5 camera, and if you have a D5 camera and you're buying this as a backup or secondary camera, fantastic. This is gonna work out really well for you. For anyone who does not have a D5 camera, this is gonna be a very expensive option. Because you need to go out and you need to buy that special EN-EL 18 battery, which is about $115. You're gonna need that little grip cover so it works in your type of vertical grip, which is another $25. You're probably gonna wanna charge the battery up from time to time, and that charger is just a fantastic price of $370. So, overall you're gonna spend about $ to go from seven frames a second to nine frames a second, if you don't have all that gear already. So, it's an expensive option. If you do need it though, it is available. So, you can do it. Normally, the camera shoots at seven frames, but you need all the accessories if you wanna get to nine frames per second. There's a little door over on the side of that finger grip. This allows the EP-5B power supply connector to kind of come through. You put this dummy battery in there, plug it into the EH-5B, and you can have continuous power to your camera. If you're working in the studio or in some sort of scientific environment, or something where you need constant power to the camera, you don't have to worry about batteries dying. You can have constant power supply using these adapters. Looking at the front side of the camera, we have a few controls and a few little indicators. The first one is the self timer lamp that lets you know when the self timer is gonna fire. If you don't like that turning on, you can go into the Custom Menu under a9, and turn that off so it does not turn on. We have our sub-command dial that we've used quite a bit throughout this class, and the preview button, which we've talked about a few times. In the normal photography mode, it is the depth of field preview. So, what happens is when you look through the viewfinder, it's at maximum aperture. But, when you press in on this button, you get to see the world through the depth of field that you will get when your lens stops down to the given aperture that you have set. So, that's just a very simple little press of the button. In modern times, it's not that big a deal. In many cases, we just simply shoot a photo and look at it on the back of the camera. But, under certain bright light situations, out in the daylight, it's kinda handy to have 'cause it's very, very easy to see.

Class Description


  • Capture images expertly with the Nikon D850
  • Set up a custom menu on the Nikon D850
  • Find the best lenses to pair with the Nikon D850
  • Uncover hidden features on the Nikon D850
  • Shoot movies with the Nikon D850
  • Edit in-camera and share with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth using Snapbridge
  • Use shortcuts to format the SD card instead of digging in the menu


Great design is invisible.

The Nikon D850 ($3,300 body-only) is one of the best full-frame cameras on the market, mixing a high-resolution sensor with a speedy burst mode. But the D850 is so feature-packed, you may not know even half the features right out of the box. From the new multi-selector tool to setting up the Wi-Fi, the D850 has a steeper learning curve than entry-level cameras. Sure, you could spend days going through the entire 360+ page manual -- or you could spend a few hours with some hands-on experience lead by a professional photographer.

In this class, you'll learn how to control the Nikon D850, from the physical controls to the settings inside the menu. While watching the class, you'll be able to create your own custom menu and get the camera set to your shooting style. You'll learn valuable time-saving shortcuts and uncover features you didn't realize the camera had.

John's straightforward teaching style is easy to follow along with and fun to watch. Ditch the manual drawings and learn from live demonstrations, including questions from students like you.


  • Photographers new to the Nikon D850
  • Self-taught photographers that haven't yet uncovered all the D850 has to offer
  • Photographers on the fence about whether to buy the D850 or another camera

MATERIALS USED: Nikon D850, Nikkor Lenses, SD Card


John Greengo has spent the better part of three decades building a photography career -- and using all different kinds of digital cameras. His experience has lead him to teach others how to best maximize the camera they have. John has taught classes on Nikon DSLRs like the Nikon D810, Nikon D7200, Nikon D7500, Nikon D3500, Nikon D5600, Nikon D500, Nikon D750, and several others. His CreativeLive class list also includes classes on DSLRs and mirrorless cameras from Olympus, Sony, Canon, Panasonic, and Fujifilm.

Along with teaching, John works as a travel and landscape photographer, a passion that has won him several awards. His work allows him to shoot around the globe at several "bucket list" locations, including Iceland, South America, and Alaska.


  1. Class Introduction

    Meet the instructor and get a glimpse at what's up next with this short introduction to this Nikon camera class, along with picking up a few basic photography tips.

  2. Basic Camera Controls

    Jump into the dials and buttons on the Nikon D850 with this initial introduction to the basic camera controls. Learn the general overview of the camera's control scheme, including the new multi-selector.

  3. Top of Camera

    Continue exploring the camera's different controls with an in-depth look at the top of the camera, from using the shutter release to using back-button AF. Learn how to adjust essential exposure settings like ISO, aperture, and shutter speed.

  4. Back of Camera

    At the back of the Nikon D850 DSLR camera, find the custom setting menu, bracketing options, and white balance. Learn continuous shooting modes. Figure out how to use that new multi-selector tool in this lesson.

  5. Live View Menu

    The LCD screen at the back of the camera body can be used as live view mode or in movie mode, depending on what you want to shoot. Learn the difference between these two modes and how to adjust the different viewing options.

  6. Movie Mode Menu

    Switching gears to the movie mode on the LCD, walk through the different controls for shooting video on the full-frame Nikon D850. Learn different shortcuts, as well as tips like silently adjusting the aperture while recording video.

  7. Left & Right Sides of Camera

    Moving around to the sides of the camera, find essential settings like bracketing and AF modes. Dive into autofocusing essentials, then learn the camera's different port options.

  8. Bottom of Camera

    Take a quick look at the bottom of the camera, where you'll find the serial number, the tripod socket, and the battery access. Learn how to look at your camera's battery life, and why you may not want to use older batteries on the camera.

  9. Front of Camera

    At the front of the Nikon D850 rests a customizable function button, as well as the depth of field preview. Uncover the hidden flash sync and ten-pin ports at the front of the camera.

  10. Lens Options

    Dive into Nikon's excellent Nikkor lens options, including recommendations specific to the D850 camera body. Learn how to recognize a compatible full-frame lens compared to a DX-format lens that will crop your photos to the APS-C format. Recognize Nikon's shorthand for lens features, like the VR (vibration reduction) to designate a VR lens.

  11. Playback Menu

    Move from the camera controls to the menu system inside the D850. Get an overview of the entire menu and menu navigation, then dig into the options for the playback menu.

  12. Photo Shooting Menu

    Inside the photo shooting menu, learn how to save settings, how to save your images to the SD card and XQD card, how to shoot RAW and more. Decipher the different shooting options and set the D850 up to your shooting style.

  13. Movie Menu

    Uncover the movie options inside the sub-menu catering specifically to video. Change your aspect ratio, shoot at 4K, shoot slo-mo, or adjust the video file format in this menu.

  14. Custom Setting Menu Part 1

    Customize your D850 to your own shooting style using the custom shooting menu. Learn how to create a custom shooting menu and how to add easier access to the most frequently-adjusted settings.

  15. Custom Setting Menu Part 2

    Continuing the look at the custom setting menu, learn how to re-program the Nikon D850's physical controls. Create a custom scheme on the D850 based on how you shoot.

  16. Setup Menu

    Inside the setup menu, learn how to format your cards as well as one-and-done essentials like timezone and language. Allow the camera's clock to sync to a smartphone using Bluetooth to avoid resetting the clock for travel or Daylight Savings.

  17. Retouch Menu

    Edit your photos before they leave the camera with the retouch menu. Learn how to convert a RAW file to an edited JPEG without a computer.

  18. My Menu

    Create menu shortcut options with the My Menu tool, which allows you to see specific menu options immediately, the first time you open the menu option. This is a great way to save the most frequently-accessed settings, like image quality and Bluetooth.

  19. Camera Operation

    Gain some final tips on using the Nikon D850 while out shooting, including a shooting checklist. Learn how to check the camera for dust on the sensor. Set the D850 up for several different types of shots.


a Creativelive Student

Excellent class. Very fast paced which I loved. I have had my D850 for a few months and thought I had it all figured out. I learned some awesome tips and tricks that I am eager to start using. Thanks John:-)


This is a great class with an exceptional instructor, and I learned so much about my new D850 camera! I especially appreciated the opportunity to follow along at a perfect pace with the instructor while being hands-on with my camera. The content was understandable, logical and enjoyable. This is my first class through CreativeLive -- thank you!

Francis Sullivan

82 yrs old. Been an avid photographers since 5 yrs old. Read and listened to all types of photo teachers. Greengo is the best of all. Every so called photographer can still learn from a master on the D850. Fantastic camera and fantastic teacher.