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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.
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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