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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.
In addition to the Interval Timer option that we saw in the last movie, you can also create time-lapse on a D800 with an actual time-lapse command that you'll find here in the Shooting menu. Time-lapse photography defaults to off. It's got the exact same interface that you saw in the interval timer movies, so if you'd like to know how to drive this, just watch that movie. The real difference here is that rather than shooting a series of individual frames, it's going to output an actual movie file with the settings that are configured in the Movie settings option here in your Shooting menu.
So if I go just as if I were shooting video and come down here to Movie settings, which is just below Time-lapse photography, this is the format that my time-lapse movie will be spit out as. This feature is a great way to learn about time-lapse, because it doesn't require any postproduction. You can easily set up some of the little experiments, knock off some movies, and actually review them right in-camera. I would recommend doing this before you dig in too much into Interval Timer shooting. In particular, try shooting some time-lapse movies of events where the lighting will change, sun coming up, sun going down, that kind of thing.
Those are going to be the exposure issues that you really going to want to think about when you're doing time-lapse, and this gives you a quick way to see what the various effects are in-camera as light changes during a time-lapse.
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