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Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 11 of 19

Playback Menu


Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 11 of 19

Playback Menu


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.

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:-)

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.

Alger Libby

I am only three lessons in, but already I know that this is exactly what I'm looking for, and exactly what I need. The content of the lectures AND the visuals are top-notch and deliver precisely what the course says it is: FAST START. I am a graduate of our local college's digital photography program, which I studied with an entry-level Canon. Moving to the top-of-the-line Nikon was a giant leap for me, and one I could not do without this help. Sure, there are many, many, many more things to learn, but to put this camera in my hands and help me to understand its fundamental operations is a great gift, and I am grateful. Well done!