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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.
Category g of the Custom Settings menu gives you a number of options for customizing movie controls, and a couple of these are pretty handy, so you may want to take a look at them. The Fn, or the Function, button is the lower button on the front of the camera here. By default, it doesn't do anything. If I want though, I can give it one of these three functions, either to change the aperture, to put an index, or to view photo shooting info.
So, what's cool about this, potentially, is that I could set that button to open the aperture wider. So, I am going to make that assignment. Then I am going to go down here to the next option here, which is to assign a function to the Preview button. The Preview button is the upper one right here, the one that normally allows me to set an index mark, or that is, Depth of Field Preview. I am going to set that to close the aperture--actually, it's already set there. So now, while I'm shooting, I've actually got aperture control right here on the front of the camera: one button opens the aperture, the other closes it down.
So that can be a nice way of getting aperture control without having to mess with the menus and dials that you were seeing earlier. Finally, I can also assign functions to the AE Lock, the Autofocus Lock button. There's a nice big mess of them here, everything from index marking-- so if I change these to Aperture Control, I might want to move Index Marking back here-- to different focus and exposure locks. And notice every time I am picking one of these, it's showing me a diagram of exactly where it is on the camera. So if you're not sure what these names are, the camera will show you.
I can actually change the function of the shutter button. I can set it to take photos, which is how it's set now, or I can change it to record movies if I'd rather have that functionality there. So, some simple little customizations that might make a big difference in your shooting. The D800 has other video capabilities, including the ability to edit movies in-camera. Now, I really wouldn't recommend editing your independent feature on your D800. But say you're out in the field and storage is running short, or you really need to cut the size of a video down because you need to send it over an Internet connection, in a pinch, it might be worth looking into those features for trimming maybe some extra material off of your files simply to get them smaller.
You can find full explanations of that and other video functions in your D800 manual.
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