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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.
From the Set Picture Control menu item in my Shooting menu, I can also modify a picture control. So let's take a look the Standard picture control now. It says, OK over here. If I press OK or the middle button here, I'm going to select that picture control, but if I press the right button here I get into an Adjust menu. I have a few options here. First of all, Quick Adjust has a couple of positive and negative adjustments I can make, and those are preprogrammed to adjust certain parameters in this picture control.
In this case, it's a way of making this one more contrasty with some more saturation and if I go a little bit farther, a little more sharpening. The underline here is showing the default values or previous values for this setting. I am going to go back here, and I can move down here. This allows me to adjust Sharpening. Sharpening in this case is just like that sharpening algorithms that you would use in you image editor; these are going to find edges in your image and try to make them more acute. I can adjust contrast, I can adjust brightness, saturation, and finally, I can adjust hue, moving Hue to the left--that is, adjusting it in a negative direction--is going to make reds more purple, blues more green, greens more yellow. Positive values are going to make reds more orange, greens more blue, blues more purple.
So that's a way of getting a little bit of hue shift in my image. So I can dial these in however I want them. I am just going to pick some random stuff here, say OK, and now I'm on a modified picture control, and I can tell it's modified because it's got an asterisk next to it. If I would like to reset it to its default values, I can go back in here to the editor and hit the Trashcan button, which is going to put it back to where it would normally be. It's asking me to confirm. I am going to say Yes, which I have to do with the OK button, and now it's back to Normal.
Now, editing picture controls here on camera, you've got fairly blunt controls. They are not a lot of adjustments that you can make and the adjustments you can make don't have a lot of latitude. It's a nice way of making some tweaks, but you can't get really in and create a really refined picture control. You can do that on your computer using Capture NX or your View NX or Camera Control Pro. Any of those are going to let you create picture controls, and they are going to let you create picture controls with far more control, really subtle control, and really refined finessing of very specific color ranges.
For simple for tweaking a flash tone in a very, very particular way, you can create very exacting picture controls and then download them to your camera.
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