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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.
The easiest way to select a particular picture control is to hit the Picture Control button right here. Now, this isn't going to do anything if I am in Playback mode, but when I'm in Shooting mode, or when the screen is off entirely, pressing it will bring up a Picture Control menu. From here I can select from any of the standard picture control: Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait and Landscape. Note that these have nothing to do with orientation; these are actually tuning the image for shooting portraiture or shooting landscape-type shots. One thing that's very nice about the Nikon Picture Control system is I can customize these, as you'll see in the next movie, but I can also copy them from device to device.
So if you're part of a team of shooters covering a particular event and you've built a specific picture control for that situation, you can simply copy that picture control around to make sure that everybody is shooting with the same control. And you can find out how to move them around on page 172 of your manual. Note that you can also put picture controls into the Nikon image editing software that you're using. So if you're using Nikon View or CaptureNX, you can be sure that your desktop software and your camera have the same picture controls.
So once I've picked a new one, I just hit OK and now that picture control is active, any JPEG images that I shoot will be processed according to that picture control, any raw files that I shoot will be tagged with that picture control, and if I bring them into CaptureNX or ViewNX, they will automatically be processed according to the specifications of that picture control, and they should look just like what I get straight out of the camera shooting a JPEG with that same control.
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