In this course, photographer, author, and educator Steve Simon demonstrates a set of customization strategies aimed at making the D800 and D810 far more responsive.
- Configuring back button autofocus
- Working in single-point autofocus
- Using dynamic-area and group-area autofocus
- Exploring advanced autofocus in the D800 and D810
- Working in live view
- Reviewing best practices for Nikon shooting
Skill Level Advanced
- Hey, everybody. Welcome to Performance Tuning your Nikon D810 or D800 Series Camera. My name is Steve Simon. I'm a lifelong, passionate Nikon shooter. Now, if you have a D800 camera, you know just how great a tool that it is. Well, the D810 has made a good thing, or a great thing, even greater. They've tweaked and improved the camera, but these amazing cameras can only be as good as its operator, so in this course I'm gonna give you a lot of little tips and six transformational tweaks that I think can have a profound, positive impact on your shooting.
One of them, back button autofocus. It's literally gonna change your photographic life. I'll leave it at that. I suggest you choose just one exposure mode, and I'll make my case for aperture priority to simplify your process for the vast majority of shooting that you do. If you add easy exposure compensation to aperture priority, it's a fast fix for difficult lighting situations. Auto ISO, I'm a huge fan of Auto ISO, and I think that once you learn what Auto ISO does you will add a cape to your process, and you'll be a photographic superhero, where there's nothing you won't be able to capture quickly and tack sharp.
I'm going to explain why live view is a best practice when you're on a tripod. And, also, keeping your camera's release mode to continuous high as well as turning off the image review so the picture doesn't pop up on the review screen every time you take it is gonna simplify and speed up your process, and I'll make my case for that too. So I hope you keep an open mind and give these six major tweaks, along with the minor ones, a chance. I'm confident they're going to have a transformative effect on your work, so I can't wait to get started. Let's go.