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Shooting with the Nikon D800
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Customizing controls


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Shooting with the Nikon D800

with Ben Long

Video: Customizing controls

The D800 offers an incredible amount of customization possibility. A lot of these controls on the outside can be reworked, reprogrammed with different functions. You can really tailor the camera to work exactly the way that you would like it to. You get to all of these customization options through the Custom Setting Menu, down here Section f, Controls. I'm not going to go through all of these. I've just pulled out some that I think are particularly cool that you ought to take a look at. You can find detailed instructions on all of them starting on page 309 of your manual.
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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Shooting with the Nikon D800
5h 4m Beginner Nov 08, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is a DSLR?
  • Attaching lenses
  • Powering up and down
  • Formatting the media card
  • Holding the camera
  • Shooting in the Auto and Program modes
  • Changing the ISO
  • Controlling autofocus and white balance
  • Using a self-timer
  • Working with the exposure control options
  • Activating Live View
  • Shooting video
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear
Software:
D800
Author:
Ben Long

Customizing controls

The D800 offers an incredible amount of customization possibility. A lot of these controls on the outside can be reworked, reprogrammed with different functions. You can really tailor the camera to work exactly the way that you would like it to. You get to all of these customization options through the Custom Setting Menu, down here Section f, Controls. I'm not going to go through all of these. I've just pulled out some that I think are particularly cool that you ought to take a look at. You can find detailed instructions on all of them starting on page 309 of your manual.

The first option up here is the light switch. Up here on the top of the camera of course I've got my off and on switch, and if I continue to rotate it in this direction, by default I get to this light, which is a little spring-loaded affair that turns on, normally, the light behind the status display. If I want, I can reprogram that to turn on the light and pop up the info display. So that can be an easy shortcut to getting information that you might want to see when you're working in low light. This lights up the status display. Turning on the info display gives you information that you may not be able to read off of other parts of the camera.

Back into the f section, we get to f2, Multi selector center button. That's this control right here, and this lets me reprogram it in a couple of different ways. In Shooting mode, by default, pressing it resets the focus point to the very center. If I want, I can change that to highlight the active focus point so that it's easier to see. In Playback mode, pressing the center button toggles between a Thumbnail View and Full Frame Playback. If I want, I can change that to turning histograms on, zooming on and off, or choosing a different card slot and folder.

Finally, in Live View, by default it works just like it does in Shooting mode. It gives me the option to reset to the centermost focus point. I can change that to a Zoom control or I can deactivate it altogether. A really critical customization here on the front of the camera is the Function button. I can give this an incredible range of options. Here's a picture of the Function button. So I can select any of these things. There's a big mess of them here. It's really worth digging through here. There are a lot of cool things.

In fact, there are some features that you can't get any other way, such as a bracketing burst, which allows me to press the Shutter button once and get an entire burst of autobracketed images. Moving on, again in the f section, I get to f5. This works just like the Assign Function button, but it works with the Preview button, which is the one just above it. If you find you don't do a lot of auto bracketing, you may want to come down here and reassign the Bracketing button. You can take it off of auto bracketing and make it a multiple exposure or an HDR button.

So if you tend to use those more than bracketing, that might be more useful for you, especially since HDR includes a bracketing feature built into it. Of course you spend a lot of time turning the two command dials; why not change those into something else? Actually there are some useful things here. You can reverse their rotation. If you are coming from an older camera where a positive rotation was to the left rather than to the right, you can reverse that. The other really cool feature here is you can swap them if you want. You can make this the main dial and this the subcommand dial.

Finally, many of these same buttons can be programmed with different functions when you're in Movie mode. If I come down here to the g category, you'll see that you've got commands for assigning the Function button, Preview button, Exposure Lock, and the Shutter button to work differently when you are shooting movies rather than when you are shooting still images. It's really worth digging through both sets of these controls. You can really change the feel of the camera and make sure that commands you need ready access to are right under your fingertips, and that the fingertips work the way you expect them to, rolling in one direction or another, as makes sense to you.

So dig into the Custom Settings Menu: the f category and the g category.

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