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In this course, photographer and author Ben Long details the features, controls, and options in the Nikon D800 digital SLR. The course begins with an overview of what a digital SLR is and a tour of the camera's basic components. Ben then discusses the camera's basic operation: changing lenses, navigating the menus, shooting in automatic mode, reviewing and managing photos on the camera's LCD screen, and transferring photos to a computer.
Next, the course introduces more advanced exposure options: program mode, exposure compensation, ISO adjustments, and more. After Ben briefly defines each option, he shows how to adjust it using the camera's controls.
Ben also discusses white balance options, advanced metering and autofocus controls, flash, live view, and video shooting. The course ends with a chapter on maintenance, including sensor- and camera-cleaning and care tips.
By default, your D800 is very quiet. It doesn't make any beeps or whistles or anything. You can set it to beep in certain operations, which can be helpful for things like understanding when you have locked focus. I am here in my Custom Settings menu, the one with a pencil, and the d category Shooting and Display. The very first item is Beep. This lets me activate a beeping sound. I've got three different volumes to choose from. You can hear them here. Turn them up all the way. I can also choose the pitch of the beep.
I'll just stick with the default one. Now, whenever I manage to autofocus on something, when the camera locks focus, it will beep at me, and this can be a really nice way of getting a little bit of extra confirmation that I have achieved focus. As long as you're in here customizing the camera, there are a couple of timer things that you may want to adjust in that same Custom Settings menu. The c category, Timers and AE Lock, offers two useful timers here. Auto meter-off delay. As you've seen when you half-press the Shutter button, the camera meters, and it holds that metering, even after you've released the button, it holds it for a while.
The default is 6 seconds. If you like, you can slow that down, or speed it up to a really long time. This can be useful if you're doing studio shooting on a tripod. Maybe you meter and then you want to go fiddle with your set or something and you're tired of having to go back and remeter all the time. You can set it to a longer meter delay. Down here at c4 is Monitor off delay. This lets me control how various monitor and review functions, how long they take before they deactivate. So, if you're getting frustrated by your playback screen turning off too quickly or a menu is not hanging around long enough, or you're worried about, maybe they're up too long and your battery is draining, you can come in here and adjust all of those different timings.
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