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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.
Normally, when I dial in exposure compensation on my D800, I get changes in third-stop increments. So I go from zero to a third of a stop, two-thirds of a stop, one stop. It works the same way when I am going the other direction. If you like, you can change that. I'm here in the Metering/exposure category of the Custom Setting menu, coming down to B3, Exposure/flash compensation step value. You can see it defaults to a third of a stop between clicks there.
I can bump that up to half or one. I'm going to go ahead and look at half. Now when I dial in exposure compensation, it comes in and it changes in half stop intervals. So I lose some granularity, but I can more speedily zip through my options here. You might even prefer to go to full stops if you know you're in a more extreme situation and that you just want to be quickly dialing in a lot of exposure compensation.
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