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Nikon D610/D600 - DSLR Fast Start

Lesson 4 of 8



Nikon D610/D600 - DSLR Fast Start

Lesson 4 of 8



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Let's get into this place section and so when I talk about displays I'm talking about what you see in the viewfinder and what you see in the lcd monitor on the back of the camera so when you do hold the camera up to your high your eye the frame line that you see is one hundred percent accurate which is usually a feature they only put to their very highest in cameras so very nice to see that you are getting very accurate coverage side to side and talk to bottom next up is the focusing points we've kind of address this but you will be seen those in the viewfinder as well in addition to that there is an electronic grid that you can turn on in the custom menu if you want there are people who do architectural photography that like this some people who have wonky horizons like I sometimes have might appreciate a grid view and there also some people just like drawing on grid paper for artistic composition they like having the grid the rule of thirds it's not quite exactly the rule of thirds b...

ut it kind of kind of keeps that helps to keep that in mind and then below all that is the information in your viewfinder the led information so let's just kind of quickly go through what you have that might show up in there now if it all shows up like this you're probably having problems with your camera you're not going to see all this you're only going to see what is kind of turned on at that moment in time focus indicator the green light is a little visual confirmation in the viewfinder that your camera has auto focused or you have manually focused correctly one of the things that I really like about night cons is that they have little arrows which tell you which way to turn the camera for manually focusing and so if you do want a manual focus there is a nice little elektronik aid there if you get really good at your camera you can change the meeting system without taking the camera from your eye you can simply find that button on the top with your finger turn the dial on the back and change it and see that change right in the viewfinder there's a number of things that we can lock in your camera auto exposure lock you recall there's a button on the back of the camera that does lock that exposure there is a flash value walk one of the things that you could do the way the camera's programs right now is that remember that function button at the front of the camera well that will fire a pre flash in lock in a flash exposure so you could say point the flash skin tone and have the flash lock in and that would just let you know that camera has locked that in the ex sink basically means that your camera is at its fastest flash synchronization speed of one two hundredth of a second and if you go in the shutter speeds and you start changing shutter speeds all the way down to thirty seconds as you go beyond that, you'll get to the flash think of one two hundredth of a second next up we'll have our listing of the shutter speeds those two little hash marks the kind of quotation marks means it's in full seconds we air force have our apertures next with our light meter. Now you'll notice that this light meter that I have illustrated has a plus on both sides we're going to be able to go in and customize which side the pluses on nikon has a assorted history with the plus and minus that we will talk more about later little battery indicator let you know how batteries are doing flash exposure compensation and some other warnings whether you've turned the bracketing on or other exposure compensation. If you see if any of these on just kind of be aware that they are turned on, they're not normally on in most cases we have our s o setting and next and then the remaining exposures and so if you look in your camera right now I'm gonna go ahead and look in my camera remaining exposures I have two hundred eighty five but then when I pressed halfway down on the shutter release its ar fifteen, which means I have fifteen shots in the buffer, which is how many shots I can shoot right away now I have my camera set too raw and I'm going to change it to large j peg and I now have twenty eight images in my buffer, sean so if I'm shooting sports, I can shoot twenty eight pictures very quickly if I move it to the high speed continuous mode, you can hear it firing now let me change it back into the raw mouth just to get you an idea, so now I'm only going to be able to shoot fifteen pictures, so I'm going to fire this camera and you're going to hear what happens after the buffer fills up so it's shooting at roughly five frames a second and now it's slowed up. This is a cz fast as it can process that information. And so if you're shooting sports, you want to make sure that the buffer doesn't get filled up when an important moment is about to happen something to be aware of now the little k in there is to indicate more than a thousand shots, so if use your camera said one point to qet it means you have twelve hundred shots one thousand two hundred shots left in the camera and then there's a little flash over on the right hand side that will blink at you when you are ended up under low light conditions or your flash or it'll just be on when your flash is going to fire on the back of the camera is the lcd and if you want to get information there you can hit the information button and it will pull up a display on the back of the camera, which can be really handy if you're using your camera at a higher level, you're holding it out in front of you. You get a camera on a tripod and you want to see what shutter speed and aperture you're at as well as a bunch of the other setting. Now if you hit the information button twice, you'll see that the bottom two rows become illuminated a little bit differently and you can go in and change features. We'll talk about those in just a second, all right, on the top half it's just giving you information for the top row it's your basic exposure in firm, eh below that we're gonna have your release mode and exposure information as far as your light meter and then we're going to have bunches of other data in here over on the left hand side tells you how many cards you have one or two cards and what type of information you're writing to those different cards not going to go into all the details in here because there's a lot of different little warnings and settings that air turned on, but you have your total number of shots, and you're able to go in through and make some of the more common changes in your camera just using this rather than looking at the top display or in the viewfinder where things definitely get more interesting is when you press the information button twice and we can go in and start adjusting these ten different modes now they put in what they consider to be ten of the more common adjustments that you're worried that you're going to want to adjust. And we're actually not going to talk about these right now because they're all in the menu system as well. And if I had to offer a suggestion what I would like to see on a nikon camera, I would like to see you be able to customise what ten items you put in here so that you could have a short cut to this. Now there is another way of doing that in the menu system, but you can't change these out and put other things in, but for instance, if you want to go in and change what the function button does, you can see in the lower right hand corner. You can navigate over to the function button and you can go in. And just for kicks, I'm going to go ahead and do that on screen. I got the camera in the right area, so I'm going to hit the information button. Once we go to the information screen, I'll hit it again, and then I'll use the multi selector mouse to navigate over here. I will press the okay button, and now I can assign a function button. And what that has done is that has just taken me as a shortcut into the menu system.

Class Description

Join John Greengo for an in-depth step-by-step tour of the Nikon® D610/D600. With a hands-on introduction to your camera's operations, detailed instructions on how all the menus work, and instruction on how to shoot great photos with this specific camera model.


  1. Introduction to Digital Photography Basics
  2. Buttons

    Go on a tour of the Nikon® D610/D600 and get to know the functions and features of this DSLR camera.

  3. Buttons Continued
  4. Displays
  5. Menu
  6. Camera Operation
  7. Nikon® D610 Update
  8. Next Steps



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I am a fairly experienced UK user and wasn';t sure what to expect, but was very impressed. I like the slick CL website and well produced HD videos. John is certainly a very good teacher, who is clearly spoken and tells you what you need to know about the D600. I was able to sit with my camera in hand and go through all of the controls and picked up some very good tips, which I will use in Bhutan tomorrow! So I like my new teacher and on that basis will be coming back to take John's Fundamentals of Digital Photography and also the Olympus EM1 courses, which represent good value for money.

Thomas Lanik

I am about half way through this D600 course. Like many people it turns out I learn significantly better visually (and hands-on). Thanks to John's well spoken and clear style absorbing his presentation is very effective. I have already applied even simple D600 features. Even if you are thinking about this model I strongly recommend this course- If you're like me, you already made the plunge. That's O.K.- this will maximize your experience. Do it.