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Shooting with the Nikon D800
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Protecting and deleting images


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Shooting with the Nikon D800

with Ben Long

Video: Protecting and deleting images

There are a few different philosophies about deleting images. Some people like to delete images that they think are bad so that they don't drown in image glut when they start their postproduction. Other people say you should never delete an image because you never know whether it might be useful or not until later. For the sake of this discussion, let's split the difference and say that there will occasionally be images that you know will have zero utility later, those images were your fingers in front of the camera or you left the lens cap on or something like that. Your camera provides a number of ways to delete images, as well as to lock images so that they can't be deleted.
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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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Shooting with the Nikon D800
5h 4m Beginner Nov 08, 2012

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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.

Topics include:
  • What is a DSLR?
  • Attaching lenses
  • Powering up and down
  • Formatting the media card
  • Holding the camera
  • Shooting in the Auto and Program modes
  • Changing the ISO
  • Controlling autofocus and white balance
  • Using a self-timer
  • Working with the exposure control options
  • Activating Live View
  • Shooting video
Subjects:
Photography Cameras + Gear
Software:
D800
Author:
Ben Long

Protecting and deleting images

There are a few different philosophies about deleting images. Some people like to delete images that they think are bad so that they don't drown in image glut when they start their postproduction. Other people say you should never delete an image because you never know whether it might be useful or not until later. For the sake of this discussion, let's split the difference and say that there will occasionally be images that you know will have zero utility later, those images were your fingers in front of the camera or you left the lens cap on or something like that. Your camera provides a number of ways to delete images, as well as to lock images so that they can't be deleted.

To delete an image I first need to go into Playback mode and find the image I don't like. Yeah, I can't stand this image. So, to delete it I would simply press the Trashcan button here. That asks me to confirm. Pressing the Trashcan button again is Yes. It's not the OK button; it's the Trashcan again. So let's press it again and it's gone. If I have a bunch of images to get rid of, this is going to take a while because I've got to scroll around. Well, that's completely garbage. Let's get rid of that, okay. Anyway, I would have to scroll around and find all of those images.

There's another way to do this which is to go into my menu, and in my Playback menu the very first item is Delete. Now this gives me the option to Delete All, to erase the entire card. You don't ever want to do this. As we've discussed at length before, rather than using Delete All you want to use the Format command. It will make your card much more reliable over the long haul. That said, the Delete command is still useful, thanks to the Selected option here. If I choose this, it thinks for a minute and then it gives me this thumbnail view, and this lets me scroll through and simply mark images for deleting. So I find one I want to get rid of, I press the center button, and you can see a little Trashcan icon appear here.

So I'm going to go through here and mark a bunch of images. Let's scroll up a couple of times to get a better view. So I can move around here and find a bunch of images that I don't like. When I have chosen all the images that I want to delete, I hit the OK button. Note that I can also zoom in if I want to. If you're not sure if that's really the one you're aiming for, you can zoom in and get a closer look, and then hit the OK button. It ask me to confirm whether I want to delete these 8 images. I'm going to say OK and now those are gone. Now, there's another use for the Delete function.

Perhaps this has happened to you. You shoot all day long, you take hundreds of images, you go, you dump them into your computer. You forget to delete the card. You come out the next morning, you put the card in your camera, you shoot 20 shots and then realize, oh no, I've still got those 200 pictures that I took yesterday plus the 20 new ones. So now you don't have as much space on your card. When you get home and dump the card, you're going to have a bunch of duplicates. So you might think, oh boy, now I have to go in with Delete selected command here and delete those 200 images. That's going to take forever.

There's actually another way you can do this that's a little bit easier. Rather than choosing to delete 200 images, you can choose to save the 20 that you just shot. So I'm going to go through here. I accidentally shot some images in black and white earlier, because I forgot to change out of the black-and-white picture control, so there's a good lesson for you. So I would like to get rid of just these images at the beginning, and there are a lot of them. I want to keep this color images. So what I'm going to do is protect them. There is a button here that has a key on it. With any image selected, I can hit the Key button and now there is little Lock icon appears up here. So I can quickly go through here and lock the images that I want to keep.

Once I've got that done, I can go into my menu and say Delete and go down here and choose All, and I want to pick the card that I'm going to delete. I hit OK. All images in all folders will be deleted. That may sound ominous, but actually it's not going to delete the ones that have been protected. It says it's Done. If I go back to my Playback screen, you can see that they are still here. Now, they are still locked which means there's no way to delete them with the Delete command. That's okay. I'm going to go ahead and spend the rest of my day shooting, shoot another 200 images, take them back to my computer, copy them all over, and then put the card back in and format.

Format actually does wipe out images that are protected. So delete and protect work well in concert together--either of them are a way of cleaning up your card--but again, don't go too nuts deleting images in camera. Some things are obviously bad, like when you accidentally shoot black and white and you mean color or when you have left a finger in front of the lens or something like that, but it's difficult to judge image quality on the back of the screen, so don't write off an image once and for all--in most cases--until you get back to your computer.

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