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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.
Your camera captures color images of course, but color is a tricky thing. What looks blue to you may not look blue to me. To help improve color consistency across different devices, from, say, a camera to a computer to a printer, your camera maps the colors in your image into a color space. A color space is a mathematical model that defines the boundaries of color. You can learn all about color spaces in Inkjet Printing for Photographers. For now, all you need to know is that if you are ultimately shooting with the idea of printing your images on an inkjet printer, then you should change the Color Space setting in your camera.
To set the color space, I drop into my menus. I'm here in the Shooting menu. I've scrolled down a little ways to the item that says Color Space. You can see that it's defaulting to sRGB. sRGB is a fine color space if you know that the images that you're going to shoot are only going to be viewed on the web, but I typically print my images, so I would like to go to Adobe RGB. I'm going to hit OK. Now, I have a Color Space of Adobe. If you don't set the color space in your camera, it's not the end of the world.
You can always change it later in your image editor. This just saves you a step later. If you know that you're ultimately going to change all of your images to Adobe RGB color space, it's silly not to just go ahead and set it here in the camera.
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