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DAVID BUSCH’S NIKON® D800/D800E GUIDE TO DIGITAL SLR PHOTOGRAPHY by David D. Busch

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4Nailing the Right Exposure

When you bought your Nikon D800, you probably thought your days of worrying about getting the correct exposure were over. To paraphrase an old Kodak tagline dating back to the 19th Century—the goal is, “you press the button, and the camera does the rest.” For the most part, that’s a realistic objective. The D800 is one of the smartest cameras available when it comes to calculating the right exposure for most situations. You can generally press the mode button and spin the main command dial to switch to Program (P), Aperture-priority (A), or Shutter-priority (S) and shoot away. Even Manual (M) mode doesn’t leave you up a creek without a paddle: the D800’s analog exposure display at the bottom of the viewfinder provides ...

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