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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 Retouch menu on your D800 gives you the ability to perform a lot of image editing functions inside your camera. I mean the types of things you'd do in Photoshop or whatever image editor use, you can do right here on the D800. The way it works is it creates a copy of your image, performs the adjustment that you've dialed in there, and saves that to the card. If you are shooting raw, it's going to be saving that image out as a JPEG. If you're shooting JPEG, it's just going to duplicate the JPEG file and make your edits to that.
Now, I am going to be honest with you. This is really not a great way to perform the types of edits that you have here. It's effective, some of the edits look very good, but you're working on a tiny screen. You can't really judge a lot of things. You have very little control over the parameters of each effect. You can't really adjust them that much, and you're working in 8-bit JPEG mode on a camera that has an incredible ability to capture far more color and image quality than you're going to get out of an 8-bit JPEG. So, we're not going to go into much detail on the Retouch menu. Suffice it to say, if you're in a pinch, if you're in the field and you've got to get a monochrome image to someone right away over your satellite phone, then maybe the ability to convert the monochrome is useful to you.
But it's not the best way to convert to monochrome. You're going to get much better results doing it on your computer where you have some control. There is really not anything to know about these functions other than you pick one, dial in the settings that you want, hit OK, and a new file is created. Some of the things you can do, red-eye correction. You can apply delighting like you've seen earlier. You can straighten, you can correct distortion, you can make it look like a sketch, you can correct perspective, you can create a miniature diorama look. Probably one of the most useful things you can do in here is simply to convert a raw image into a JPEG.
So, if you're shooting raw, and you're in a pinch and you absolutely need to quickly get a JPEG to someone, you can actually do that right from here. You can select an image and tell the camera make this into a JPEG, store it on the card, and then you can pull it right off the card, and get it to wherever it needs to go. So, that's a quick glossing over of the Retouch menu. You can find out more starting on page 341. Again, my recommendation is know these are here, just so that you need them. If you need them in a pinch, you know how they work. But do your retouching in a nice image editing program on your computer.
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