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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.
You should now have a pretty good idea about what all those buttons and dials do on your camera. Of course understanding what they do and being comfortable with using them are two different things. Now you need to take that understanding out in the field and practice. To be adept at shooting with your camera you'll need to know all the controls by touch and feel, and the best way to get that is by doing. So turn off your computer and get out there and start shooting.
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