Basic Camera Controls
All right, folks, are you finally ready? Is that enough preamble? Are we ready to get into the good stuff on the camera? All right, so let's get into the controls of the camera. The way that I like to do this is I just like to take a tour of the camera and talk about everything, going around all the different sides of the camera. First off, your basic controls. Obviously, you wanna turn the camera on for the operations, It does go through a sensor cleaning system. It automatically tries to knock off any dust on the sensor. If there continues to be dust on the sensor, there are further, additional steps you can take. I'll talk about that later, in the menu system. The shutter release. Obviously for taking photos, but your camera needs battery power for the camera to work. So, it goes to sleep on a regular basis. To wake it up from its little nap that it likes to take you press halfway down on the shutter release. If you're in the menu system, and you're just like, I don't know where I a...
m. I just wanna get back out. I just wanna shoot photos. Press halfway down on the shutter release and it always goes back to the shooting mode. The main dial on this camera is the thumb dial on the back of the camera. That's kind of the go to dial for making changes. But, there is a sub-command dial on the front of the camera. I occasionally forget main and sub and I will call it the rear and the front, which is pretty obvious, just where they are. I may use either of those terms. The multi-selector is another term I have a hard time remembering. I might call it the mouse or the up down selector in the back of the camera. That's how we're gonna navigate the focusing system as well as the menu system. Be aware that if that multi-selector is not working for you, there is a lock switch that locks it and prevents it from being bumped. There are some people, like myself, that are left-eyed, and their nose will bump into this. This is why that lock is there, so that you don't accidentally bump it when you didn't intend to. New on this camera is the little sub-selector, which we will probably be calling the joy stick. It's great for navigating and moving those focusing points around, but you're gonna be able to do a number of other things with it as well. Slightly confusing on the Nikon cameras is something that I don't even know that it has an official name, but I call it a center button. There's a button in the middle of the multi-selector, and you can frequently use this for selecting something. So, you've highlighted something, and you say, okay yeah, that's the thing I want. You can press that center button. But, sometimes that center button doesn't work, and you have to go over and press the actual OK button, 'cause it says press OK. Sometimes the center button acts as an OK button, and other times it doesn't. They are two separate buttons, but they sometimes have overlapping controls. The way Nikon buttons work is a little different. Wow, I'm explaining how buttons work right now. (chuckles) You have to press down on the button and hold it down while you turn the dial. It's kind of a safety precaution, so that you don't accidentally make a change in the quality setting, for instance. You gotta keep the button held down and then you turn it. If you don't like this operation, there will be a way of tweaking it and adjusting it to make it like other brands of cameras. I'll talk about that once we get into the menu system where we can make that control.