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Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 19

Front of Camera


Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 19

Front of Camera


Lesson Info

Front of Camera

Next up is the Function 1 button. And so this is a button that you get to program to do whatever you want, and right now, it's not programmed to do anything by just pressing on the button. But there's a lot of buttons on this camera that you can program to do something while you press the button AND turn the dial. So right now, this is choosing the image area when you press down on the button and turn the dial. So let me give you a little live demo here of this. So in order to do this, what I'm going to do is throw my camera into the live view mode. And we're going to be changing the image area, so what I'm going to have to do is I'm going to have to reach around the front of the camera and press the preview button and turn the dial, let me make sure I have this turned on, and it's not working right now because I'm in the video mode. That's why that doesn't work, so let me try it in the live view mode. There we go. Okay, so we have, as you can see up here in the right hand corner, we h...

ave the FX, which we are getting the full frame from side-to-side. And as I'm pressing in on the button in front and turning the dial, I've gone to a 1.2 crop, so if you want just a little bit of a crop you can get that. We have our DX crop, five by four, which is the same aspect ratio as eight by ten. A lot of people use that format for framing and so forth. And then we have a one by one square, so if you want to see what life looks like square, you can just put it here. But I think most of you are going to leave it there in the FX mode. You will also see this information when you look through the view finder itself as well. And so this is something that can be reprogrammed in many different ways, and we will talk more about in the menu section where we get under the customizing the button control on the camera. So if you do want to jump ahead and do it, it's under the F1 controls, custom control assignment. Over on the other side of the camera we have a couple more rubber doors which allow us more ports and things that we can plug in. We have our flash sync, so if you want to use your camera with traditional flash equipment that uses that old sync system, it's got that on there to trigger the flash at the right time, and it can do so at 1/250th of a second or less. Next up we have Nikon's 10-pin remote, and this is going to be used with a variety--a large variety--of different remote control devices. So if you just want to trigger your camera, and you're on a tripod, the MC-36 will do a good job at it. It's actually got a few extra features that you may not even need on this particular camera. If you want the most basic one, the MC-30A will do a good job of just allowing you to trigger it, and also to lock it in if you wanted to do a bulb exposure for a long period of time. If you want an extension cord, if you need just a little more space between you and your camera, there is an extension cord that you can get. There's an adapter cord that you can use older, different cords as well, which is going to be the MC-25 that goes from a 2-pin to a 10-pin connector, and then there's also a remote cord with banana plugs so that you can create your own triggering device. If you wanted to hook it up to a foot pedal or a sound device, or laser system, or something else, you can figure that all out on your own with that banana cord system. You can also hook up Nikon's own wireless adapter, and so you'd plug in the WR-A10, and then for your triggering device you'd have a little handheld remote. And if you want a flash to be fired simultaneously, you would use the WR-R10 on that. And if you want, you can get a whole kit of all three of them purchased together so that you can trigger your camera, your flash all together and you can hook this up on multiple devices if you want. Nikon has another infrared remote control system that they still have in their system, the ML-3 Control Set, and you'll have one set that plugs into the 10-pin remote and clips onto the top of the hutch of the camera, and then you'll have a remote that works 10, 20, 30, 40 feet away. It doesn't work real well over great distances because it's just an infrared system. You can also hook up a GPS unit to it. The GP-1 will allow you to add GPS information to the metadata of your photographs, or you can hook up your own special GPS unit and plug it in with the MC- adapter cord. We have a little white mark that lets you know where to align your lenses for mounting, lens release button there, nice and large, easy to get to, there's a lens locking pin and you'll hear that spring into position when you have mounted your lens and fully turned it the way you're supposed to. There are a number of CPU contacts on the body and on the lens, so you want to make sure they're not broken or obscured in any way. That's how it's communicating, focusing and aperture information back and forth. This camera is outfitted with an AF Drive Shaft, which will allow you to use older, pre-AF-S lenses with the camera, and so all the way back to 1986, you can use all the original auto-focus lenses on this camera. There is a little focusing tab upon top which will actually meet up with the Meter Coupling Lever on the older manual focus lenses, and so on this camera they've built a number of devices so that you can use much older lenses. And so if you want to use many of the older lenses, you can't use lenses all the way back from the early-early days without the indexing mark on them, but any of the more current manual focus lenses from the more current '70s and '80s, you'll be able to use them on this camera as well. And so great, great ability of this camera to utilize a very large span of lenses. This is about as close as we get to the sensor, and so I'll just mention that it's a 45 megapixel sensor on it, full frame sensor in size, it does not have an AA filter on it, and so there's a potential that you could have a great problem if you were shooting a fine fabric or a detail with a very fine weave or pattern to it, but it's doing that so you can get the sharpest photos possible and it in general will not be a problem with a 45 megapixel camera.

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.