Join Ben Long for an in-depth discussion in this video Basic camera anatomy, part of Nikon D5100 Essential Training.
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 and the power switch which surrounds the shutter button. A few fairly critical controls here: exposure compensation, video recording, and then an info button, which helps you control the rear LCD screen. Live View switch, a mode dial, a hot shoe for attaching an external flash and finally mounts for attaching a camera strap.
On the back of the camera is where you'll find the bulk of the controls: the main dial, which you will use for navigating menus and changing exposure parameters in different ways; the Auto Exposure Lock button; the Info Edit button, which is a shortcut button for changing lots of different parameters; the menu button for getting into the menu system; playback button for starting playback-- this is a little four-way controller with an OK button in the middle-- you will use this for navigating menus; finally, we've got zoom-in and zoom-out buttons-- The zoom-out button is also a help button; finally, the Delete button that you will use in Playback mode for deleting images.
Your LCD screen on this camera flips out and moves around. This is a really handy feature that gives the camera a lot of flexibility. And of course, we have our viewfinder, the diopter control, which you will see, and a media slot for inserting a secure digital card into the camera. Over here on the side we have some ports that are used for connecting the camera to your computer or to a video monitor. I open those up and I have got audio- visual out, a GPS connection, a connection for attaching an external microphone--that can be very handy when you're shooting video--and finally an HDMI port for attaching to an external monitor.
This door is fixed by only one small little piece of rubber there. It's sturdy but still, be careful with this when you're opening and closing it. You've kind of got to mash it back in there to get it back in properly. Around towards the front of the camera, we have a flash button for popping up the flash and for controlling flash exposure compensation; a function button which is programmable-- you can make that do lots of different things; a lens release button that you use for changing lenses. The lens itself has some controls on it. We are going to discuss those in a separate movie.
Moving on around to here, you can see the auto-focus assist Lamp, which is also used for red-eye reduction. This is an infrared receiver for when you're using an infrared remote, and finally over here on the side, as I mentioned before, a slot for inserting a secure digital card. So don't worry about remembering every one of those things. We are going to go over most of those controls in great detail, and you are going to learn about them as we go, where they are, and how to use them.
- What is an SLR?
- Attaching a lens to a camera
- Deciding how many batteries and media cards are needed
- Setting Auto mode
- Changing ISO
- Changing image format and size
- Manually selecting a focus point
- Correcting exposure while shooting
- Controlling white balance
- Using a driver and self-timer
- Auto exposure bracketing
- Selecting a picture style
- Using Live View
- Shooting video
- Using custom functions, such as ISO expansion and mirror lockup
- Cleaning the camera and sensor
Skill Level Beginner
1. Getting to Know Your Nikon Digital SLR
2. Shooting in Auto Mode
3. Shooting in Program Mode
4. Controlling Autofocus
5. Controlling White Balance
6. Understanding Release Modes
7. Understanding Exposure Control Options
8. Learning More Playback Options
9. Shooting with Scene Modes
10. Shooting with Flash
11. Shooting with Picture Controls
12. Using Live View
13. Shooting Video
14. Customizing Menus and Settings
15. Retouching Images
16. Taking Care of Your Camera
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