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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 D800 menu system has gobs and gobs of items and lots of options and lots of commands, and some of the most commonly used commands might be spread amongst different menus. To make it easier for you to get to the commands that you use the most often the D800 provides this thing down here called My Menu. You can configure My Menu in two different ways. When it's set to be My Menu, you can add any items from anywhere in the other menus that you want to create a list, a custom menu of the things that you use the most.
Or you can come down here and select this Choose tab option and change it from My Menu to Recent settings. When it's set here, every time you use the command it will go to this menu. So for example, if I come up here and execute any one of these commands--I am going to take a Picture Control change to Monochrome. Now, when I go to My Menu, there is set Picture Control to Monochrome, so all of these will stack up here in a last-in/first-out order.
If I prefer to create a set menu of things that I use regularly, I can go back to MY MENU, and then I can simply say Add items. Maybe I do a lot of auto bracketing and I am frequently changing the number of shots in my bracket. I could go down here to the Custom Setting menu, into the Bracketing/flash category, and choose Auto bracketing set. That gets added to my menu and asks what position it wants me to put it in. I've only got one menu item so it just stays right there. If there was more than one menu item, I could simply move it up and down and put it exactly where I wanted it.
And now this is here in my menu. Anytime I come here this will be the first item. I can continue to add items until I have got a menu that's custom tailored for only the functions that I regularly use. This ends up being much faster than digging across these five other menus. If I want to remove an item, I can do that. If I want to reorder the items, I can choose Rank items. So My Menu is a very easy way to streamline the access of the menu items that you frequently choose.
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