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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.
Let's take another look at my fill-flash situation with this shot. I am going to take this same image that we saw before, and I've got some nice detail in here. I'm liking how well it's filled in, but I am not sure it couldn't be a little bit brighter. Flash exposure compensation lets me dial the flash power up and down to either get more or less flash. So I am going to dial in an additional full stop of flash, and I do that by pressing this button right here. This is where I changed my flash mode before, which I did with the main command dial.
I can change flash exposure compensation right here with the subcommand dial. So I am just going to dial that up to +1.0 stop and take my shot. And now I see a lot more detail here than I was seeing before. Here where it's my shot with no flash exposure compensation and here I've got it with flash exposure compensation, so you can see that I've filled in a lot. If I decided right now that well, actually, that's too full--I am kind of flattening the camera out--I could simply back off. I could go down to two-thirds of a stop or one-third of a stop.
Similarly, if I'm shooting something and I have no flash exposure compensation turned on and I've decided that my flash is too hot-- you may notice this when you're shooting portraits, particularly if you're near your subject; they may end up looking like they've got radiation burns-- then I might want to dial my flash power down, so I would go in here and dial in some negative exposure compensation. So that's going to continue to fire the flash, but it's not going to be as bright. That's not going to make as big a difference on this shot. Let's--where did I leave that? That's at -1 stop.
I am going go to like -2/3 of a stop there and take this shot. So here's what I've got with -2/3 of a stop as compared to just my normal flash shot. So, it is a little darker. I am not seeing as much detail on the bellows here as I do in this shot, so you can see that has pulled the flash power back. So flash exposure compensation can be really critical for getting the amount of fill in your scene just right, and it's very, very easy to use. Don't forget about it when you're using the built-in fill flash on your camera.
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