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Shooting with the Nikon D800
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Exploring basic camera anatomy


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Shooting with the Nikon D800

with Ben Long

Video: Exploring basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, let's quickly go over the basic anatomy of the D800, just to get some names and terms out of the way. Now, don't worry about memorizing all of these names and terms right now. We're going to be coming back to each of them throughout the rest of this course. Taking it from the top, here is the top of the camera, and we've got, of course, the power switch right here. It rotates between off and on and if you push it a little bit past on, you get a light for this status display. This is also the shutter button, which of course you use to take the picture. Right in front is the subcommand dial.
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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

Exploring basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further, let's quickly go over the basic anatomy of the D800, just to get some names and terms out of the way. Now, don't worry about memorizing all of these names and terms right now. We're going to be coming back to each of them throughout the rest of this course. Taking it from the top, here is the top of the camera, and we've got, of course, the power switch right here. It rotates between off and on and if you push it a little bit past on, you get a light for this status display. This is also the shutter button, which of course you use to take the picture. Right in front is the subcommand dial.

It's this dial right here; it turns left and right. Right behind, I have got exposure compensation and a button for starting movies if I am in movie mode. What's nice about this arrangement is that when I have my hand around the grip, with my finger on the shutter button, I can easily get to the subcommand dial, which lets me change some critical functions. I can easily get to the exposure compensation, and I can easily start firing off movies. I have got the mode button here, which is used to change shooting modes. I have my status display, which gives me a lot of critical readouts that I'll need while shooting. On both sides of the camera I have connections for attaching a strap.

The hot shoe for attaching an external flash, it sits right behind the pop-up flash that's built into the camera. Some more fairly critical controls over here: a button for setting image quality, auto bracketing, ISO, and white balance. In front of this control cluster is another button right here. If I push that, I can then turn this knob, and you can see the different release modes right here. I have got a S for single, two different Cs for continuous, and there are some other modes that you will learn about later on.

The playback button lets me review my image. The trashcan button lets me trash images. The menu button gets me into the camera's menuing system, where I have set all sorts of different controls. These three buttons let me do different functions when I'm reviewing my images. The OK button down here is a critical control for navigating my menu system. I'll also use the four way multicontroller for navigating my menu system. It's like a little joystick, and it's got a button in the middle that sometimes doubles for the OK button.

This control is also used to set the focus point that I will use, and because it's very easy to bump it, it's easy for my focus point to get out of whack, so this control has a lock. If I just slide that there, now the control is locked up and cannot do anything. Just below that is the Live View control. I can press this to activate my LCD screen as a viewfinder for still shooting, or I can flip this down to activate movie shooting, which will also bring up my LCD screen as a viewfinder. Just below that I have the Info button, which brings up a status page showing me the configuration of many parameters and controls on the camera, and I can even alter some of those parameters and controls.

Up here, I have the main command dial, which I use in combination with other controls to change certain settings on the camera. The AF-On button, which can activate auto focus. The auto exposure and auto focus lock button, which I will use to lock focus and exposure for particular shooting situations, it doubles as a selector for different metering modes. Above the trashcan, you'll see this red thing here that says format. You may have noticed on the top of the camera, there was another red thing that says format. I use those buttons in conjunction to reformat my card. And of course the viewfinder. Just to the left of the viewfinder is this control which lets me close off the viewfinder.

I'll use this for certain special shooting situations when I don't have my eye up to the camera, and you'll learn more about those later. I am just going to open that back up. To the right of the viewfinder is the diopter control. If you wear glasses and you'd like to try shooting without your glasses, you can turn the diopter control to try to dial your particular prescription into the viewfinder. It doesn't have a lot of latitude, so you not be able to get an image completely in focus if have a strong prescription in your glasses. And of course the big bright 3-inch LCD viewfinder, which you'll use to review images, navigate menus, and possibly use as a viewfinder.

Moving around to the left side of the camera, I have this door here, which opens up to reveal a number of different ports. I have an HDMI port, and you can see all of these keyed here. I have got a headphone jack port, a USB port for connecting my camera to a computer, and a microphone port for attaching an external microphone if I'm shooting videos and want better-quality sound than what I can get off the camera's built-in microphone. Tucked away down here underneath the lens release control is the auto focus manual focus control. This is a switch that moves like this, but it's also got a button in the center of it that you'll use for configuring certain autofocus parameters.

I'm going to rotate around just a little bit more so you can see some of these controls that are more in front of the camera. I have a flash exposure compensation button right here. This is also used for setting flash modes. And above that I have a button that actually pops up the camera's internal Flash. This is the lens release control, which we'll use to attach and remove a lens, and you see that in the next movie. I'm going to rotate just a little bit more because there are two port covers here that you need to see. On top is a flash sync cover for attaching to particular kinds of flash hardware.

Below that is this ten pin remote terminal which we'll use for attaching wired or wireless remote controls or GPS units that can automatically store your location in every image that you shoot. On the front of the camera is the auto focus assist light, which has some other functions, as you'll see. And over here, next to the lens, you'll see two different buttons: the function button and the depth of field preview button. They're in a very handy location. When your hand is wrapped around the grip, your forefinger and middle finger should fit right on those.

As you'll see later, those buttons can be reprogrammed to serve all sorts of different functions. And finally, coming back around, we get to the port cover here which just slides open and allows you to insert two media cards: a CompactFlash card and a Secure Digital card. Again, don't worry about remembering every one of these things right now. We're going to go into all of these controls in great detail throughout the rest of this course.

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