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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.
A remote control is a must-have for certain types of shooting. With a remote control you can keep your hands off of the camera to reduce camera shake during long exposures. In a portrait shoot a remote control can keep you from having to go behind the camera, which allows you to maintain better rapport with your subject. A wireless remote control or a remote control with a very long cord can make self-portraits much easier. Remote controls are also great for times when you've placed your camera in a difficult-to- reach location on a very high tripod, say. Connecting a remote to your camera is very easy.
I have here the Nikon MC 30 wired remote control. It's very simple. It plugs into the 10 pin connector that's right here, and it's a pretty basic, straightforward remote control. It's got a really big button on the top that you press to fire the shutter, and I've got to say that it feels really good. It feels like when you press this button something is going to happen. It's also got a lock on the front, so when I press the button down, I can flip this lock and now it stays there until I release the lock, and then it pops up.
So for working in bulb mode this is very effective. You can get more advanced remote controls. You can get remote controls that have intervalometers in them and things like that, but because the D800 has that built-in, you don't really need that so much. You can also get wireless remote controls, and they're going to work the same way. There's going to be a receiver that plugs in here and usually sits in your flash hot shoe, and then you will have a little wireless transmitter that you'll use to actually trigger the shutter. When you're done using the remote just be sure you cover up the port again. This is a nice sturdy rubberized door here that will keep dust and moisture from getting into those electrical contacts.
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