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Working with menu navigation and factory defaults

From: Shooting with the Nikon D800

Video: Working with menu navigation and factory defaults

There are a lot of settings on your camera, and if you've been shooting with it or just fiddling around with it, there's no telling how it might be configured right now. To make sure that your camera matches mine, we're going to now reset it to the factory defaults. This feature can be a handy thing to do if you ever sell your camera. I suppose you could also do it if you just get the camera so messed up that you can't figure out why it's doing a particular thing, but at that point I would encourage you to really try to figure out why it's doing what it's doing so that you can understand it better. Think of reset as kind of a nuclear option.

Working with menu navigation and factory defaults

There are a lot of settings on your camera, and if you've been shooting with it or just fiddling around with it, there's no telling how it might be configured right now. To make sure that your camera matches mine, we're going to now reset it to the factory defaults. This feature can be a handy thing to do if you ever sell your camera. I suppose you could also do it if you just get the camera so messed up that you can't figure out why it's doing a particular thing, but at that point I would encourage you to really try to figure out why it's doing what it's doing so that you can understand it better. Think of reset as kind of a nuclear option.

Note that when we do this reset we are not going to end up resetting the clock. Your D800 is blistering with controls, yet still, there are some features that you can only get to by accessing the camera's menu system. You get to the menus in your camera by pressing the menu button. The menus on the D800 are divided into categories, and you can see those categories over here. Each category's title is up at the top. So here you can see that I am in the Playback menu and these are the items in the Playback menu. There is actually a scrollbar over here, so I can see that there are more items that I'm seeing on this one page.

I can navigate the menu items using the multicontroller, and go up and down here. If I go to the left, it will take me back to my categories so that I can go to a different category of menu, and then hit the right button to get into that category. If I want to access a particular menu item, I can just come down here and hit the right button again and that takes me into the items that are accessible from that menu. When I want to accept an item, I can either press the center button here or press the OK button. Those two things are the same.

I can navigate back up a level at any time by pressing the menu button. So in that case, I didn't actually make a change because I never hit the OK. Half-pressing the shutter button will get me out of the menu system, and that happens almost instantly, so you never have to worry about being in the menus and not being able to get a shot if you need to. If something comes in front of you that you need to shoot real quickly, you can just half-press the shutter button and you're back into shooting. There are a lot of options and parameters that you can set on the camera. So if you've been fiddling with it at all, we're ready to switch it back to the factory defaults.

On the D800 you do that by pressing two buttons on the outside of the camera simultaneously, and they're keyed to each other with this green dot. So if I press the Quality button here, which has a green dot, and the Exposure Compensation button, which has a green dot, and hold them both down, that's going to give me a factory reset. The way that I know that it's happened is that my status display is going to flash. So watch what happens as I press these two things down. Blink, okay, and there is my factory reset. I would recommend doing that right now. You've just seen me do it on my camera.

If you do it on yours then we'll know that our cameras are in sync with each other, and you'll have an easier time following along. If you'd like to know what those factory default settings are, you can find a list of them starting on page 193 of your D800 manual.

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Shooting with the Nikon D800

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  1. 9m 28s
    1. Welcome
      2m 16s
    2. What is an SLR?
      5m 18s
    3. Using this course
      1m 54s
  2. 30m 59s
    1. Exploring basic camera anatomy
      6m 34s
    2. Attaching a lens
      3m 28s
    3. Inserting media cards and a battery
      6m 14s
    4. Powering up
      2m 8s
    5. Working with menu navigation and factory defaults
      3m 1s
    6. Setting the date and time
      1m 50s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 20s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 15s
    9. Holding the camera
      4m 9s
  3. 26m 35s
    1. What are shooting modes?
      2m 11s
    2. Exploring the viewfinder display
      4m 41s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      46s
    4. Autofocus basics
      2m 42s
    5. Metering basics
      1m 31s
    6. Reviewing images
      2m 21s
    7. Working with image playback
      7m 16s
    8. Adjusting beeps and timers
      1m 52s
    9. Changing button behavior
      2m 2s
    10. Using screen tips
      1m 13s
  4. 26m 58s
    1. Exploring Program mode
      50s
    2. Working with exposure compensation
      4m 16s
    3. Changing ISO
      2m 30s
    4. Using auto ISO
      4m 25s
    5. Exploring Flexible Program
      2m 49s
    6. Exploring image format and size
      6m 18s
    7. Setting a virtual horizon
      2m 17s
    8. Setting the color space
      1m 22s
    9. Configuring multiple media cards
      2m 11s
  5. 12m 49s
    1. Exploring focus modes
      2m 6s
    2. Exploring autofocus area modes
      4m 50s
    3. Using focus points
      1m 57s
    4. Using manual focus
      3m 56s
  6. 9m 57s
    1. Using auto white balance
      1m 1s
    2. Working with white balance presets
      3m 8s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 48s
  7. 11m 54s
    1. Exploring Continuous mode
      5m 56s
    2. Exploring Quiet mode
      53s
    3. Using the self-timer
      3m 26s
    4. Locking the mirror up
      1m 39s
  8. 34m 40s
    1. Exploring metering modes
      3m 4s
    2. Using the auto exposure lock
      4m 35s
    3. Exploring Aperture Priority mode
      3m 3s
    4. Using depth of field preview
      2m 50s
    5. Exploring Shutter Priority mode
      2m 32s
    6. Working in Manual mode
      2m 40s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      6m 40s
    8. Using Active D-Lighting
      1m 19s
    9. Using the Vignette Control feature
      1m 6s
    10. Using the Auto Distortion Control feature
      58s
    11. Using long exposure noise reduction
      1m 41s
    12. Using high ISO noise reduction
      1m 22s
    13. Using the Bulb setting in Manual mode
      1m 2s
    14. Using the Info button
      1m 48s
  9. 19m 54s
    1. Adjusting LCD brightness
      2m 31s
    2. Protecting and deleting images
      4m 43s
    3. Hiding images
      1m 35s
    4. Toggling the Rotate Tall feature on and off
      50s
    5. File naming
      1m 21s
    6. Creating a file number sequence
      2m 35s
    7. Creating storage folders
      2m 3s
    8. Adding copyright info
      1m 50s
    9. Using in-camera retouching
      2m 26s
  10. 7m 14s
    1. Using the fill flash
      1m 48s
    2. Using Flash mode
      3m 18s
    3. Working with flash exposure compensation
      2m 8s
  11. 22m 25s
    1. Understanding high-dynamic range (HDR)
      5m 38s
    2. Creating multiple exposures
      3m 38s
    3. Using the interval timer
      5m 42s
    4. Shooting time-lapse photography
      1m 19s
    5. Working with the image area
      4m 25s
    6. Using the remote control
      1m 43s
  12. 8m 33s
    1. Defining picture controls
      2m 7s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 38s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      2m 38s
    4. Using the monochrome picture control
      2m 10s
  13. 15m 42s
    1. Activating Live View
      8m 9s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      5m 27s
    3. Reviewing some Live View drawbacks
      2m 6s
  14. 17m 27s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      4m 34s
    2. Focusing and working with exposure
      7m 11s
    3. Using Playback mode
      3m 17s
    4. Customizing movie controls
      2m 25s
  15. 12m 44s
    1. Using menu banks
      3m 31s
    2. Using the My Menu feature
      2m 12s
    3. Customizing controls
      4m 0s
    4. Autofocus fine-tuning
      1m 25s
    5. Saving and loading settings
      1m 36s
  16. 14m 5s
    1. Working with custom settings
      51s
    2. Using the Focus Priority feature
      2m 15s
    3. Using the AF Activation feature
      1m 34s
    4. Controlling the number of focus points
      36s
    5. Using ISO sensitivity step value
      1m 8s
    6. Working with EV steps for exposure control
      1m 7s
    7. Using exposure flash compensation step value
      1m 1s
    8. Turning on easy exposure compensation
      1m 31s
    9. Using Exposure Delay mode
      1m 20s
    10. Using the Assign FN button
      2m 42s
  17. 6m 45s
    1. Camera sensor cleaning
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 57s
    3. Getting firmware updates
      1m 19s
  18. 15m 43s
    1. Exploring focus and composition
      4m 55s
    2. Using an exposure strategy
      6m 50s
    3. Controlling exposure through Program mode
      3m 58s
  19. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

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