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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.
By now you should realize there are lots and lots of settings that you can customize on your D800. You can rearrange controls. You can tweak lots of settings throughout the camera, throughout all of its menus, to get it working exactly the way that you want. It's a shame to get it, over weeks or months or however long it takes, to get it configured exactly how you want and then something happens that forces you to maybe reset the settings to factory defaults, or something gets scrambled. Fortunately, you can save and load your settings so that you can restore them later.
If I choose Save settings from the Setup menu and hit save, the Save settings option, it will write out all of the settings for my camera to my card into a file called NZ setup and the numeral 8. I can now take that file and back it up on my computer somewhere. I can give it to other D800 users if I think I've got a really cool setup. I can give it to my friends. If you have multiple D800 bodies, you can use that file to immediately get your other bodies configured the same way. All you do is put that file back on the card and choose the Load settings button and all of your settings will be restored.
Page 335 of your manual shows you a list of everything that is saved with the Save settings command, and it's pretty much everything you'd want it to save. So after you get your camera customized, I really recommend doing this so that you have a backup of your settings. Whether or not you have another camera body, whether or not you have any friends, it doesn't matter; you'll get an easy way to restore your image to your tweaked refined customized version of your camera that you've probably worked pretty hard to achieve.
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