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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.
There are a huge number of parameters, settings, and functions that you can customize and tweak using the Custom settings menu on your D800. Now we're not going to cover every custom setting option in this course because there are simply so many of them and some of them are fairly specialized and esoteric. Instead, in this chapter, we're going to look at some settings that I find especially useful. If you've been working through this course in order, then you've already seen some custom settings and you should be comfortable with changing them. The custom settings appear here in the Custom Setting menu, which is the one with the little pencil. I think the idea is that with the pencil, you're drawing in your own customizations with the camera.
Since we're not covering every single custom setting that's available on the D800, you should look at the full list that begins on page 278 of your D800 manual. There, you'll find detailed descriptions of each function.
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