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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 slowest shutter speed you can pick in Shutter Priority mode is 30 seconds. If you need to take a shot that's longer than that--maybe you are doing some extreme low-light photography--then you're going to need to switch to Manual mode and rotate the Shutter Speed control all the way past 30 seconds, to Bulb. In Bulb setting, as long as you press the Shutter button down, the shutter will stay open. So I'm going to focus and then press the rest of the way. Now, the mirror and shutter are up. You can see that my viewfinder has gone dark.
It's going to stay that way until I take my finger off the button. I could stand here until my hand cramps and it's not going to close the shutter. When I finally let go, the shutter closes and it records my shot. Needless to say, standing around for hours with your finger on the Shutter button is not real practical, so you're probably going to want to use a remote control with Bulb mode, preferably a remote control that has a lock on it so that you can set your remote, lock the Shutter down, and just leave it there. You'll learn more about remote controls later.
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