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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 am here in Single-Servo autofocus mode with single autofocus point selection. And the way my shot is framed right now, my single autofocus point, which always defaults to being in the dead center of the frame, is sitting right between the two cameras. Now, when I half-press to focus, the autofocus system on the D800 is actually good enough that it is focusing, but it's focusing there between the cameras. Neither of them is actually in focus. There's a focus blocking reframing trick that I could do, but there's another option, which is to simply move the focus point around.
I can steer that focus point around using the multicontroller. It's just like little joystick that lets me drive the focus point wherever I want. For that to work, I first have to be focused and metered somewhere, and now I can simply press this and move the focus point wherever I want. I am going to put it over there on that camera, and now when I half-press to focus, it focuses on that front-most camera. And I can get my shot. Let's say I want it to focus on the other camera. I would just move my focus point over to here, half-press to focus, take my shot, and now I've got focus on the rear camera.
At any time I can press the middle button in the multicontroller and it will pop my focus point right back to the middle so that I can easily get it reset there. This is how I drive the focus point in any of the autofocus area modes that I'm choosing. Obviously, in auto selection mode I don't need to this. The camera is going to pick it for me. But for some of the servo focus modes you'll still possibly need to move your focus point around. Now again, there are ways that you can shoot without having to do this, that you can leave the focus point right in the dead center of the frame, and we are going to look at those later.
But for times when you're locked down on a tripod, either for a product shoot or a portrait shoot or a landscape shoot or something like that, it may be that the place that you want to focus is not actually in the dead center of the frame. So being able move your focus point around can really make the difference between getting a shot that's in focus and not.
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