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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.
Your camera is a piece of hardware of course and it comes with editing software that you install on your computer. And somewhere between the hardware and software--reversed my hands there--is firmware: software that runs on the computer inside your hardware. The firmware in your camera is what controls all of the camera's functions and operations, and occasionally Nikon will update that firmware. Before you check to see if there's a new version of the firmware for your D800, you need to know what version you're already have.
Go to the camera's menu and here in the Setup menu--that's the wrench at the very bottom-- you'll find Firmware version. Just select that and you'll see these three things listed. Copy all of these down. There's an A, a B, and an L. So just take note of all of those because next you're going to go to the Nikon website and see if there's a newer version. To find out if there's a newer version of your D800 firmware go to support.nikonusa.com and search for D800. You should find firmware that you can download, if there's a version, as well as instructions for installing.
Now, installation is a simple process, so don't be afraid to keep your camera's firmware up to date. In addition to fixing problems and possibly improving performance, you might also occasionally get entirely new features.
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