Nikon® D850 Fast Start


Lesson Info

Playback Menu

Okay folks it's time to get into the menu section on this camera and this camera has a very big menu and so this is where the PDF that comes with this class is going to come in handy, what I've done is I've taken all roughly 300 different features and I've listed them all out exactly in the order that they come up in the menu system. I've also put in my recommendations but then on the PDF I also have a second page that doesn't have my recommendations so that you can write in all your own information in here so that you can see it without my recommendations in there and so you can see just a nice clean sheet of everything that's in the menu system on one page. The back part of this PDF has some other recommendations as how I would set the camera up in a variety of situations and we'll get to this later on in the class. But right now what we're going to be doing is we're going to be going through the menu system line item by line item getting your camera set up. So this is where you want...

to have your camera ready to go and following along in class and let's talk about the menu system here. Alright so hitting the menu, you'll instantly see that you have a bunch of different tabs where things are pretty logically organized Nikon's menu system is pretty good in my book and I've seen a lot of menu systems, so things are pretty much where you might expect them in this grouping here. And so we're going to be taking a look through all of these. Now one thing to be aware of is that you will need to navigate using the cross over on the righthand side you can sometimes use the dials or the little joystick as well. One key thing to know about the Nikon menu system is that they can sometimes be a very long line of things in there and so they use a scrollbar to indicate where you are on the page. And so you can't just go to the tab, not see it and go to the next tab looking for the item, you may need to scroll up or scroll down to find your information. In general you'll go to the right to enter and you will go to the left to back out or to cancel whatever particular feature you are in. You can use the touchscreen if you want to scroll up and down and select items, some people like it, some people don't you can use it according to your preferences. If you do see the question mark that indicates that by pressing the question button up there or the lock button also it's going to give you a little bit more information about what's going on on that particular feature. So we're going to start at the top of the list and work our way around. We're going to start off with the playback menu because that is the first item on the list with Nikon. And going through this, first up is delete. Well the camera has a delete button on the back of the camera but if you want to delete selected images or all images, you could do so a little bit more quickly right here. The playback folder which playback folder you are using now the camera normally comes set to the ND850 but I recommend changing it to all. If you happen to move a memory card from a different brand of camera or from a different camera, even a different Nikon camera to this one, you may not see those images if you have it set on ND850 and when you reformat that card you could be deleting photographs that you didn't even know of. And so I think it's safest to leave it at all in most cases. If you want to hide an image and the reason you might want to hide an image is if you're doing a slideshow and there's some images that you just don't want to be a part of the slideshow, you can hide that from being part of a slideshow. We went in here earlier in the class but this is an important thing I think for most people to go into the playback display options, when you go in here you can choose which one of the display screens you can see when you press up and down on the back of the camera when you're playing back an image. The highlight option is going to show you the pixels that are overexposed on your image, this can be very helping in making sure that you are getting the proper exposure. It's not something I like to leave turned on all the time but it's something that's nice to be able to turn on and off when you need it in tricky lighting situations. The camera uses two different memory cards and if you want to shoot in one card and then later install a memory card and copy images over you can go from one card to the other and in here they'll be a simple option of choosing what card you want to start from and where you want to record it to. When you shoot an image, do you want to have the camera show you that image on the back of the camera? Many people who shoot with DSLR's like to do that because then we get to see what the digital version of our scene looks like and so most people are going to leave this turned on but you might want to turn it off if you're doing a timelapse for instance. After you delete an image you can have the camera choose what's the next image it shows, does it show you the previous image that you were looking at or the next image in line. Small little subtlety of a change here, most people just leave it at show next. When you shoot a burst of images, what is the image that you want the camera to go back to? The first image so that you can wheel through the series of images or do you want to have the last image? Some people prefer the first some people prefer the last. Auto image rotation will automatically rotate your images according to the way that you held the camera when your images are downloaded on the computer. This is going to save a lot of time, it's something that most cameras do these days but there are a few cases where you may want to turn this off, perhaps if you're shooting straight up or straight down, the camera has a hard time picking up that orientation in that system. For rotating tall this is how the images are going to be displayed on the back of the camera, my preference is to go with rotate tall off because it's very easy to rotate the camera so that you can see the biggest image possible, this is going to make it easiest for you to see that image. If you're going to be working on a slideshow on the TV or something you may want to leave the rotate tall turned on but for most people, turn it off so that it uses the entire image area. You can hook your camera up to a variety of monitors and TVs so that you can do slideshows, this is going to jump into a submenu in here where you can start the slideshow and you can select which images are going to be shown, movies, stills, both. And you can choose the interval between those, it goes anywhere from two to ten seconds as well, so if you want to hook up an impromptu slideshow you can do so right here in the camera. If you have the camera's wifi, bluetooth system turned on you can select an image just to automatically send over to the smart device in this case. And so you can either have the camera set up to automatically send across or you can have it set up just to send when you select an image to go across and this might be the smarter option because if you shoot very much it takes a long time to send those photos across the bluetooth or the wifi system onto a smart device and so if you can narrow it down to just the images that are most important to you, it's probably going to make things a little bit quicker to work with.

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.



  • 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.
  • 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.