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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.
I can review the movies I've shot just by going into Playback mode. As always, it shows me the last thing I shot, which in this case was the movie that you saw me shoot in the last video. You can tell it's a movie because it's got a little movie camera icon up here. It also has an extension of .mov. But probably more importantly, it's got playback controls. If you notice down here in the Status information I also see my Frame Rate and Size, and that little thing right there indicates that there are index markers that I can use.
So I'm going to hit the center button here on my multicontroller and that starts the video playing. I've got a few different controls here I can use that are all indexed right there. I can pause. I can stop altogether, which takes me back out to here. I can also go forward or backward at higher speed by going either right or left. So one press takes me fast-forward at 2x, 4x, 8x, all the way up to 16x. So if I have a longer movie, that's a very quick way that I can zip through it.
I can also go backwards in the same way, multiple presses while I'm playing. Oops, I can't do it when a movie has ended. Let me to jump forward a little bit there, and you'll see that if I hit play to start playing and then go backwards, I can rewind through my video also. Now, there's this progress indicator down here, and if you'll notice you'll see three little vertical bars. Those are the index marks that I made while I was shooting. Those are the marks that I made by pressing the Depth of Field Preview button while the video was rolling.
So I'm going to start playback and now if I just take my main dial here and scroll forward, it jumps to the next index mark and pauses, so now I can start playing. Then it will jump to the next one, and it goes there. I can also go back. I could scroll to the left and it takes me back. So if there were things that I was marking while I was shooting, I can quickly jump to them. So while you're shooting, if there's something you want to mark because you think, well, I really want to go back and check this out during Playback mode and make sure that I got what I want, this is a way you can do that. That said, be very, very careful about handling the camera during video shooting.
You don't want to wiggle it around or jostle it or create noise. You don't want to bump it too hard, especially if you're using the internal microphone. Up here at the top I have an indicator of my current place in the movie, in minutes and seconds, out of the total number of minutes and seconds in the movie. When you're shooting at Best quality, clip size is limited to 20 minutes. Now, that Maximum clip length varies depending on the Quality settings and pixel count that you're using. You can find more details about that on page 70 of your manual.
Note also that the camera will shut itself down if it gets too hot. So even before you hit 20 minutes if you're working in direct sun and very high temperatures, the camera may shut down ahead of time and you're not going to be able to get it to come back up until it's had a bit of time to cool down. For deleting pictures, also work with videos. I can use my Delete button to delete, or I can use any of the other deleting features to get rid of a video. That's video playback. There is one other thing you might consider before you go out to start shooting video, and that is customizing some of the video controls, and we'll look at that in the next movie.
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