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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.
A vignette is a darkening in the corners of your image. It typically happens most with wide-angle lenses and it happens actually with less-quality lenses, I'll say. If you spend some money for some better glass, you'll have less chance of getting vignetting in your images. If you are shooting JPEG, your D800 can try to remove vignetting for you by brightening the corners. If you look in your Shooting menu, you'll see something called Vignette control, which defaults to N--that's for Normal. You can see I have got three different settings of Vignette control--Low, Normal, and High-- or I can turn it off altogether.
If you're finding that you've got bright corners, that's some Vignette control that's going a little aggressive; you are going to either want to turn it down or turn it off altogether. Now a lot of times you might want to be intentionally vignetting. That's another reason to turn it off. If you are getting vignettes you don't like, you can dial this up or down. Personally, because Photoshop has such a great vignette control, vignette removal control, I would simply turn this off. Take the cleanest image you can and take control of the edits yourself by performing them in your image editor, rather than simply having the camera do it for you.
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