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Understanding basic camera anatomy

From: Shooting with the Nikon D7000

Video: Understanding basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further we need to get some basic terminology out of the way. Now a lot of what I am going to explain here may seem pretty cut and dry, but it's important that we're all on the same page when talking about specific parts of the camera. Taking it up from the top, we have the shutter button, which obviously you'll be using a lot. We have a power switch, which also let's you turn on a light behind your LCD display here. This shows you critical status information. Exposure compensation, metering mode selection buttons, hot shoe for attaching an external flash, a mode dial over here, and finally mounts for attaching the camera strap.

Understanding basic camera anatomy

Before we go any further we need to get some basic terminology out of the way. Now a lot of what I am going to explain here may seem pretty cut and dry, but it's important that we're all on the same page when talking about specific parts of the camera. Taking it up from the top, we have the shutter button, which obviously you'll be using a lot. We have a power switch, which also let's you turn on a light behind your LCD display here. This shows you critical status information. Exposure compensation, metering mode selection buttons, hot shoe for attaching an external flash, a mode dial over here, and finally mounts for attaching the camera strap.

Moving around to the back, we have the main dial which we'll use for changing parameters on a number of controls. The exposure lock button. Beneath that the Live view switch which in the middle of it has a button for starting movie shooting. Below that I have a navigation pad with an OK button in the middle. You'll use that for menu navigation. Directly beneath that I have a lock switch that locks certain controls. And info button which brings up a very handy information display on my nice big LCD screen here. Above the LCD of course I have the viewfinder with the diopter control.

Next to that I have a little trashcan button. This is the delete button that I use for deleting images when I am in playback mode, which I can get to by pressing the playback button. Beneath that I have four buttons. A menu button which takes him into the camera's menuing system. These three buttons do different things depending on whether I'm in shooting or playback mode. If I'm shooting, then these buttons do what the label above the button says. So in that case this button is a white balance button, this button changes the ISO and this button changes quality-- that is the format I'm shooting in and the size of the image.

If I'm in playback mode then these buttons do what's on the front of the button, the label that's on the front. So this button becomes a help button and a button for protecting images. This button becomes a zoom out button when I'm in playback mode and this button becomes zoom in. Finally, around the mode dial is another ring that rotates. This is for changing the release mode of the camera. That's for going from shooting individual images to bursts of images, to using self timer and other functions. Moving around to the side of the camera, I've got port covers here that I can open up to reveal ports inside that can be a few different things.

This is A/V OUT for going to one type of video. This is HDMI out for going to a different type of video monitor. And this is an A/V port for attaching my computer to my camera for a transfer of images, as we'll see later. Close that up. I sometimes kind of mash these in to get them to stay. Down below I have a port cover for attaching an external microphone. This can be very handy for shooting video and attaching a GPS attachment. That's a standalone device that will tag your images with the location where you were when you shot them.

Moving around to the front of the camera, I've got a few critical controls here. A button for attaching and removing the lens. Above that I have the flash button. This pops up, the pop-up flash that's built into the top of the camera. It also lets me control flash exposure compensation. Below that I have a button for controlling auto bracketing. And down at the very bottom here I have an Auto Focus and Manual switch that has to do with switching the camera into a manual focus mode. On the front of this switch is a button that allows me to change certain auto focus features.

Continuing on to the other side of the camera, I have here in auto focus assist lamp that's used for focusing in low light conditions. The camera will control that automatically. And there's a function button here that I can program to do different things. Finally I have my sub-command dial. This is for changing certain parameters that I don't control with the dial that's on the back. And then down below, I have my depth of field preview button that allows me to see depth of field when I'm trying to figure out exactly what I want in focus in my image.

And finally, over here on the side of the camera, I have my media card slot. One of the really nice features of this camera is that I have two media card slots. I can put in two secure digital cards and we'll talk about that in detail in later movies.

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Shooting with the Nikon D7000

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  1. 7m 15s
    1. Welcome
      1m 28s
    2. What is an SLR?
      4m 1s
    3. Using this course
      1m 46s
  2. 25m 26s
    1. Understanding basic camera anatomy
      4m 30s
    2. Attaching a lens to your camera
      2m 25s
    3. Using batteries and media cards
      2m 24s
    4. Powering up
      1m 53s
    5. Navigating the menus and understanding factory defaults
      3m 17s
    6. Setting the date and time
      2m 29s
    7. Setting the language
      1m 31s
    8. Formatting the media card
      2m 12s
    9. Using two cards
      2m 9s
    10. Holding the camera
      2m 36s
  3. 16m 0s
    1. Setting Auto mode
      1m 14s
    2. Using the viewfinder display
      5m 8s
    3. Using the LCD screen protector
      38s
    4. Understanding autofocus basics
      2m 28s
    5. Understanding lens controls
      51s
    6. Using the flash in Auto mode
      1m 28s
    7. Reviewing images
      1m 50s
    8. Playing back images
      2m 23s
  4. 18m 48s
    1. Program mode
      43s
    2. Exposure compensation
      2m 39s
    3. Revisiting metering
      1m 51s
    4. Changing ISO
      2m 40s
    5. Flexible Program mode
      2m 50s
    6. Image format and size
      6m 24s
    7. The Info button
      1m 41s
  5. 12m 17s
    1. Focus modes
      2m 14s
    2. Manually selecting a focus point
      6m 56s
    3. Manually focusing
      3m 7s
  6. 11m 28s
    1. Adjusting white balance automatically
      3m 33s
    2. Using white balance presets
      2m 11s
    3. Adjusting white balance manually
      5m 44s
  7. 11m 13s
    1. Continuous mode
      4m 10s
    2. Quiet mode
      39s
    3. The self-timer
      1m 7s
    4. Remote control and Bulb mode
      5m 17s
  8. 30m 54s
    1. Metering modes
      2m 30s
    2. Exposure lock
      55s
    3. Aperture Priority mode
      2m 10s
    4. Depth-of-field preview
      2m 28s
    5. Shutter Priority mode
      2m 17s
    6. Manual mode
      3m 6s
    7. Exposure bracketing
      3m 54s
    8. The Active D-Lighting controls
      1m 55s
    9. The Auto Distortion control
      50s
    10. Long-exposure noise reduction
      1m 21s
    11. High-ISO noise reduction
      2m 0s
    12. Multiple exposures
      1m 53s
    13. The interval timer
      5m 35s
  9. 11m 19s
    1. The metadata display
      3m 47s
    2. Adjusting LCD brightness
      52s
    3. Protecting and deleting images
      3m 31s
    4. Creating folders
      1m 42s
    5. Copyright information
      1m 27s
  10. 3m 6s
    1. What is a scene mode?
      1m 8s
    2. Scene modes and image format
      1m 58s
  11. 6m 19s
    1. Fill flash
      58s
    2. The Exposure Compensation setting
      1m 36s
    3. Reducing red-eye
      1m 21s
    4. The Slow Sync flash setting
      2m 24s
  12. 5m 27s
    1. Defining picture controls
      1m 56s
    2. Selecting a picture control
      1m 29s
    3. Modifying a picture control
      1m 6s
    4. Using monochrome picture controls
      56s
  13. 8m 2s
    1. Activating Live View
      3m 22s
    2. Focusing in Live View
      2m 35s
    3. Live View's drawbacks
      2m 5s
  14. 10m 21s
    1. Configuring and activating video
      5m 1s
    2. Focusing and exposure
      3m 49s
    3. Playing back movies
      1m 31s
  15. 5m 44s
    1. User modes
      3m 4s
    2. My Menu
      2m 40s
  16. 21m 1s
    1. What are custom settings?
      1m 32s
    2. Focus Priority
      1m 2s
    3. Number of focus points
      34s
    4. The built-in AF-assist illuminator
      38s
    5. Easy exposure compensation
      1m 47s
    6. The AE-L button
      50s
    7. The self-timer
      1m 37s
    8. ISO display and adjustment
      1m 11s
    9. CL mode shooting speed
      1m 15s
    10. File number sequence
      1m 36s
    11. Exposure Delay mode
      59s
    12. The Assign Fn button
      1m 0s
    13. The Assign Preview button
      1m 3s
    14. The Assign AE-L/AF-L button
      1m 29s
    15. Release button to use dial
      46s
    16. Reverse indicators
      40s
    17. The customized command dial
      3m 2s
  17. 3m 38s
    1. What image retouching does
      48s
    2. Applying image retouching
      1m 31s
    3. NEF (raw) processing
      1m 19s
  18. 5m 0s
    1. Camera and sensor cleaning
      1m 27s
    2. Operating conditions and temperatures
      1m 51s
    3. Firmware updates
      1m 42s
  19. 24s
    1. Goodbye
      24s

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