Hi Guys. Just purchased D800E a few weeks ago. I am an amateur who finally is able to buy a top notch camera and I need a good online tutorial. I expect to be in a beautiful outdoor setting at Thanksgiving so I don't have that much time. Don't know where to start! Any help is appreciated! Thank you in advance!
Hi Mark, No tutorial advice, but,,, I would strongly suggest that you shoot everything in RAW, 14 bit, lossless compressed. Shoot at ISO 100 as much as you can and increase that as really needed. This will maximize the image quality of each picture you capture. You'll learn the technical reasons for this later on, but I would say a lot, if not a majority, of us come to this point eventually and stay there. It's the best way to get the most out your amazing camera.
As per the above reply, ByThom's book is really excellent, however if you want a book you can hold, take a look at Darrell Young's "Mastering the D800" (available as a download too)I think it covers the D800E too. Also David Busch's Nikon D800/D800E Guide to Digital SLR Photography. You'll need a crane to help you lift them and a pack of printer paper for two sided printing of ByThom's PDF book
Isn't it amazing!! In this modern tech, no-paper age, when we buy a digital product, we need to load up on pounds and pounds of paper documentation.
Frankly, I agree with the production of that stuff. While many would say, "I want only on-line and PDF documents," I don't really believe them, or suspect they are hostages to the digital world --- and not to their benefit.
I write and produce software, and for 22 years it has always been provided with fully illustrated, printed documentation and tutorials. Those 130+ pages, in lie-flat bindings, are invaluable to my users, and significantly reduce my support costs. Guess who my busiest email and phone support customers are: those who say "I never read documentation!" (That's when I immediately offer a full refund, including two-way shipping charges, which is virtually never taken by the non-reader --- I had one return last year, and through 9 months this year.)
While the fundamental functions of my software can be quickly understood, the more complex functions, which many of my customers demand, require study and thought. Kind of reminds me of the depth of feature and function of Nikon pro- and pro-sumer cameras.
While the Nikon-provided documentation for the D800, et al, fully meets the requirements of the Nikon lawyers and engineers, in spite of Nikon's attempts to make it "consumer friendly," it just doesn't do the job. And I understand that. (Have you ever noticed the same little iconic illustrations used in digital and film Nikon camera documents over the years? Nothing new and creative going on there!)
Thus, the two major printed books, by Young and Busch, provide a great service and, in my opinion, necessary. While they cover basically the same material, it's done with two different perspectives and styles. I'd recommend that a new D800 owner get BOTH. After all, you paid how many thousand dollars for your gear???
The Hogan eBook is good, too, if you prefer reading on your computer, or printing reams of paper to get a "book."
I have all of them, and I've been buying Nikon pro cameras since 1958. Of course, there was no book for the Nikon S2 -- but, then, there was no computer in that camera, either. In fact, I had to buy a Sekonic meter, which was more complicated than the camera!!
Thank you everyone for the good advice. I had foreseen reading this on a laptop, not a hard copy book, but if a book is the preferred method, a book it is! To answer your question Richard I still have a D90 which I am perfectly happy with but have read so much about the D800e that I just had to get one. I am in awe of photographers like all of you, and am excited at the prospect of learning how to take better photographs and at the same time having the equipment to match that knowledge. Thanks again.