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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.
When you first get a new piece of gear, you are of course very careful with it and you're proud of it, and it's great how clean it looks and all that. Fortunately, that wears off. I say fortunately, because your camera is actually quite durable, and once you get over trying to keep it all pristine, you will be more likely to take it into more shooting conditions. The D800 manual lists its working temperature range as 32 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. That's 0 to 40 degrees Celsius. Now, while it's a good idea to follow these guidelines, I've also gone beyond them and I've never had any problems.
I am not saying that you can absolutely go into really extreme heat or really deep cold and not have issues, but my experience is that that specified temperature range is a little conservative. Fortunately, the camera will begin to exhibit certain symptoms when you start pushing the limits of its temperature range. If you're in extreme heat, the LCD screen on the back of the camera might start to discolor. It might also start to discolor in cold weather, as well as exhibiting a really slow refresh rate. If any of that starts to happen, just turn the camera off. Now, cold weather will also reduce your battery life.
Don't worry; there won't be any permanent damage, but you may find that your battery just goes dead quicker. If it does lose its charge when you're out in the cold, take it out of the camera and put it in your pocket or against your body. If you can warm it back up, you just might be able to coax a few extra shots out of it. One of the biggest problems with cold weather is that when you take your camera back indoors after being out in the cold, a sudden warming of the camera can cause condensation to form inside and that can mess up your viewfinder. If you're been out shooting in subfreezing temperatures for a while, put the camera in a Ziploc bag, seal it up, and then go inside.
Leave it in the bag for a while the temperature equalizes before you take it out and use it. Water and electronics typically don't mix very well, but just because it's raining doesn't mean you should stop shooting. Light rain, a little splash on the outside of the camera won't hurt anything, so don't use a little rain as an excuse to stay inside.
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