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Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 17 of 19

Retouch Menu


Nikon D850 Fast Start

Lesson 17 of 19

Retouch Menu


Lesson Info

Retouch Menu

Our final menu... We're not gonna spend a lot of time in here. Our final menu is the RETOUCH MENU, and this allows us to go in and adjust images after we've shot them. This is kind of like Photoshop in the camera. Now, most of this stuff not a big deal, not really that important, but there is kind of a new thing that we can do in here and that is the RAW processing. So, if you shoot a RAW image and you want to adjust it and output a JPEG so that you have something to work with right here and now because let's just say you don't happen to have your computer with you right now, you can do that right there in the camera. So, let's go ahead and take a look at the back of my camera and let's see if we can... First off, let's just shoot a RAW image, because I don't think I've even been shooting in RAW images, at least for today, for right now. And so what I'm gonna do is Image Quality norm, I'm gonna make sure I'm shooting RAW, and I'm gonna go into Live View so you guys can see what I'm doi...

ng, and let's zoom in on our subject here and... Focus there is about right, and I'm in manual exposure and I want to see what my actual exposure is going to be, so let's adjust my exposure down. Let's just say I accidentally shoot this one stop underexposed. And actually, let me get my focus point in the center of the frame there, that's the way to do it, and I'm gonna take my picture one stop underexposed. All right, let's play this image back, and so now my picture is just a little on the dark side. So, what I can do is I can come in to my RETOUCH MENU, which is right there, and did I... Okay, so now I've got something turned on where it's not allowing me to do it. I was in Live View, wasn't allowing me to do it. So, now under NEF (RAW) processing I'm gonna go to the right and I'm gonna select an image and that's just the last image I shot, so I'm gonna hit Set. Set, and then I'm gonna hit Okay, gotta follow my own instructions, and now I can go in and I can do a bunch of different things with it. So, what type of file do I want to make? Well, I want to make a fine quality JPEG. Remember I had it set on RAW, and I could change the white balance if I want. Exposure compensation, let's say I want to brighten this image up, so I'm gonna take this RAW image and I'm gonna make it one stop brighter. There we go, I think that looks a little bit better. Now, you could go through and make as many other changes on here as you want, but I'm gonna come down here under Execute and I am gonna press the center button on that and it is gonna take a new image, and so now, if I can see my information properly, it says a fine quality image down here, and here's the original RAW image. So, now I have a new copy of my RAW image adjusted the way I want it to. Now, granted there are many more complex things that you can go in and do with your images, but that's kind of the basics on how to take a RAW image, adjust it a little bit right in camera so that you have immediate use of that particular image. So, once you get in here you can select your particular image, you can select a group of images. You can even go by date or selecting by card. Which cards do you want to work on, which dates do you want to look at, so you can really filter through a lot of information. And then you can choose which slot you're using as well. And then you can choose which destination. Where do you want that image to go? If you have two cards on there, maybe you're pulling images off of one card and you're sending your new, processed image to another card. And so that's what's, I think, a very valuable feature here in the RETOUCH MENU. After that, there's gonna be a number of other options, which as I mentioned before, it's kind of Photoshop light in the camera, allows you to do a number of quick image adjustments without having to get onto a computer. I think you're much better off working on a computer. You have a much bigger screen, you have much better controls, but if you need to do it in camera you can now do it in camera with this 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.