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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 many of the controls on your D800 are interlocked, meaning they don't work unless they're used in conjunction with another control. This is to prevent you from accidentally changing a parameter on the camera. For example, I am currently in Program mode-- that's what the P there indicates--and I can change that to a different mode by pressing and holding the Mode button-- when I do that my status display changes to this--and then turning the main command dial. That lets me switch to Shutter Priority mode, Aperture Priority mode, Manual mode, and then back to Program. We're going to go over all of those modes in great detail later in this course.
When I let go of the Mode button, I am back to here. If you'd like, you can deactivate that interlocking, to make it a little bit easier to use your camera. For example, some of the interlocking involves a control on this side of the camera and this side of the camera, so you really have to use two hands. You may prefer to turn off the interlocking so that you can drive the camera just with a single hand. I'm going to do that now and leave it that way for the rest of this course, because for practical reasons, it's better if I don't have to hold controls down because then I don't have to worry about blocking your view of the camera.
So the way that we make this change is we go into the menu and in the Custom Settings menu, category f, Controls. I'm going to open that up, and if I go way down here, to f10, Release button to use dial. It's currently set to off. If I set that to Yes, now it's set to on. Now I can just press the Mode button and turn the dial to cycle through my modes. Personally, I prefer working this way. I like being able to just press buttons and turn dials. And these dials are nice and stiff.
It's difficult to turn them. I feel like the buttons are very sturdy. It's difficult to accidentally press them. I rarely, if ever, have problems with accidentally changing parameters. Again, it's up to you how you want to work. For the rest of this course, I'll be working that way, just to make it easier to handle the camera in a way that you can see it.
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