Basic Camera Controls
Alright folks it is time to get into the main part of this class, our camera controls. We are gonna be looking at all the buttons and all the dials of the camera and talking about what they do and how to make the most of them. Let's first start off with a few basic controls. When you turn the camera on, the camera automatically goes through an image sensor cleaning system which tries to knock off any sort of dust that might be on the sensor. You may still get dust on the sensor in the long term and I will talk later in the menu system about how you can deal with that yourself. The shutter release will need to be pressed down at least halfway to wake the camera up to turn the meter on, to turn the displays on. So just press halfway down on the shutter release in order to do that. On the back of the camera is Nikon's main control dial. And when you wanna make a change, that's a good place where you may be making it. There is also a subcommand dial around the front of the camera so you go...
t one directly on the back and one directly on the front and that's how we're gonna be changing shutter speeds, apitures, as well as a number of other bits of information and these can be customized as I will talk more about later on in the class. We do have a couple of other general controllers. We do have the multi-selector on the back, which is our up, down, left, right. We'll be using this for moving the focusing point around, and navigating throughout the menu system. We also have a sub-selector, and this is a new dedicated button for just changing the focusing points. But we can also use this for navigating through the menu system and doing other things in general on the camera. Now inside the multi-selector is a center button and you can usually and frequently use that button to confirm an entry. When you're going through the menu system, you may want to confirm one of a number of settings and once it's highlighted you can press the center button. But sometimes you need to press the okay button. And this is something that is a little confusing that gets me mixed up sometimes. Because sometimes you can press the center button, but sometimes it's a little more important of a decision, and they make you go over and press the okay button. So sometimes it's one, sometimes it's the other, sometimes it's both, so just be aware of that as you go through the menu and are making selections. And that's our okay button there. Alright so a word to the wise on the way Nikon buttons in general work, is that you're gonna be holding down the button and turning the dial at the same time, so it is kind of a two finger affair you need both fingers in order for this to work. And so this will be true of a lot of the buttons on the top or on the back of the camera. You'll press and hold it, while you are turning the dial on it.