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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.
As soon as you take a picture, your camera displays it on the rear LCD screen. By default the image stays up for a few seconds and then it goes away. This gives you a chance to quickly review your image without having to manage any of the controls on the camera. However, you do have a little bit of control while that image is being displayed. By default your D800 does not show you the image that you have taken just after you've shot. So, if I take a picture here, I don't actually see anything on my LCD screen. But I can change that behavior. If I go to the menu, by pressing the menu button, very first menu, the Playback menu, right here on the first page, you will see Image review, and it defaults to OFF.
So I am going to change that by pressing the right side of the multiselector to go into that item, and then I am going to press Up to select On, and then I am going to press the middle button here to say OK. Now Image review is on. So now when I take a picture I get a little four-second review here on the back of the camera. If that's not long enough, I can change that. We'll look at that in a second, but I want to point out that when I'm in this Image review I'm actually in a full playback mode here.
I can scroll around and look at other images. I can delete images. I can delete the last image that I shot, simply by pressing the trashcan and then pressing it again. So Image review is actually dropping me into normal playback mode. It just automatically drops back out after four seconds. So if I would like that time to be different, I go back to my menu and I come down here to the Custom Setting menu and I want to go over here to Timers/AE lock.
And down here, on c4, Monitor off delay, I am going to pop in here. And this gives me a number of different options that we will look at later. What I'm interested in Image review. Open this up and I get a whole lot of options: 2 seconds, 4, 10, 20 seconds, 1 minute, 5 minute, or 10 minutes. So I am actually going to speed this up. I think 4 seconds is a little long for my taste. I don't want the screen on that long. I am going to just hit OK there. And now when I take a shot, it's only on for two seconds before it goes away.
There are many, many other things that you can do in Playback mode, and we're going to look at those in a separate movie.
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