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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 divide the teaching of photographic subject matter into two categories of instruction: artistry and craft. Artistry is the study of all the ephemeral stuff that goes into making a good photo: learning to see, exploring your emotional response to a scene, and learning how to translate that into the vocabulary of photography. There's nothing magical about artistry; it's an intellectual process that you can learn. Craft skills are what you employ to realize your artistic ideas. In the case of photography, they're basically the button-pushing skills, knowing how to focus, knowing how to configure your camera for particular types of light, how to ensure that your image is bright enough, that you've captured motion the way that you want, and so on.
In this course, we're going to be studying craft, specifically the craft skills required to use your particular camera. And in this course, we'll be assuming a certain level of understanding of basic photographic theory. For example, in showing how your camera's exposure compensation feature works, I might say that it allows you to alter the camera's default metering in one-third-stop increments. Now, if you don't understand what one-third-stop increments means or you're unclear what it means to meter a scene, then you're going to need to take a look at an additional lynda.com course.
We'll put up graphics anytime there's a complementary course that will lead you deeper into the theory that's being discussed. This course also assumes that you know nothing about your camera. We're going to start with the idea that you've just pulled your camera right out of the box and you want to get shooting as quickly as possible. That's easy enough to do, thanks to your camera's auto modes. We'll start with auto modes and build your understanding from there by delving into more advanced features. If you use this course and those complementary courses, you'll get full instruction in both the art and craft of photography, and your craft lessons will be built around your specific camera.
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