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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.
Distortion is an effect you'll see in your images when you're shooting with shorter focal lengths--that is, wider-angle lenses. It's a spherical distortion that makes the image look like it's bulging out or in, and your D800 can attempt to compensate for that automatically when you're using certain lenses. If I go here into my Shooting menu, I've got something called Auto Distortion control, which defaults to off. I can simply turn it on. And the D800 will try to automatically correct barrel distortion anytime that you're working with a wide-angle lens.
It only applies to type G and D lenses. So, if you're using a different type of lens, you are probably not going to see any results, but you might. Remember, this is only affecting JPEG images. As with the Vignette control, I would recommend turning this feature off. Photoshop has very good distortion controls that give you a finer degree of control, so it's better to just shoot the cleanest image you can and correct it yourself later.
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