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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.
Normally when I shoot in portrait orientation, the D800 automatically rotates the image so that it is right side up when I am viewing my camera like this. That's nicely laid out and well designed and all. The problem is, I am wasting all this screen. If it was rotated the other way, I could turn the camera and see a much bigger view of my image. I can ask the camera to not rotate images, by going to my Playback menu and saying Rotate tall: Off.
Now, the image will remain tagged as a portrait-oriented image, so it will still come into my image editor correctly. But when I go into Playback mode, it's now filling the whole screen in this direction, so I can rotate the camera to be able to see the whole thing. So this is a nice way of getting a bigger view of portrait-oriented images.
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