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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.
As you increase ISO, you also increase the noise in your image. Your D800 can process your images internally to reduce noise, and it can do a very good job of it. To activate Noise Reduction, go to your Shooting menu. You have a High ISO Noise Reduction item here, and it defaults to Normal. You've always got Noise Reduction turned on. If you want, you can turn it up higher, you can turn it down lower, or you can turn it off altogether. Why would you not want Noise Reduction on, and why would you not want it at high all the time? The trade-off for noise reduction is softness in your image.
Noise reduction works by blurring select parts of your images in a very particular ways. So there is a possibility you are going to lose a little bit of sharpness and detail. That's why you're always trying to balance with noise reduction. That's why they've taken kind of a middling approach to their default noise reduction. If you turn it off altogether, you will still get noise reduction at ISOs of 1600 or higher. So this isn't actually a total deactivation. The best way to understand how these different levels work is to simply experiment with them.
Shoot the same image in low light at a high ISO, like an ISO 1600, with each of these settings and see what you like more. Try to be sure that you've got something with some detail in your image, so you can track that trade-off between noise reduction and detail.
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