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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're shooting an exposure of a second or two long, you want to be very careful to ensure that the camera doesn't shake. So, typically, you put the camera on a tripod and maybe you use a remote control to ensure that your hands don't touch the camera. But even with all of that, the camera can still pick up some vibration from its mirror flapping up and down. Depending on the length of your exposure, that little bit of vibration can cause a softening in your image. Your camera includes a feature that can help you prevent this problem. To engage Mirror-Up mode on D800, I turn my release dial over here to MUP or MUP.
To use it I work with my camera as normal, set my exposure, frame my shot, half-press the shutter button to meter, and then press it the rest of the way, and I don't get a shot; instead what you just heard is the mirror going up. And notice my hand is completely off the camera now, so the mirror is locked up. If I press the button now, the shutter opens and closes and my shot is taken. Note that when the mirror is up, if I don't take a shot within 30 seconds, the camera will just do it for me automatically, so you can't really just hang out there for a long time.
Obviously, in practical use, you'd be locked down a tripod for this to happen, so after you get the mirror up, you want to just wait a moment for the camera vibration to die down. If you were shooting outside and there was a sudden gust of wind or something, you would obviously want to wait for that to die down. When you're ready to go, you would then press it the rest of the way. Now the problem is I'm getting my hand back on the camera here, so I want to squeeze very gently, so as to not introduce any more vibration. If I'm really worried about that then I would go to a remote control, which you'll see later in this course.
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