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Nikon D800/D800E: A Quick Start Course!

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Join 's Course: 4-Week Short Course: Nikon D800/D800E: A Quick Start Course!Learn how to use Nikon's incredible and game changing DSLR cameras - the Nikon D800 and D800E. In this 4-week online course, pro photographer and author Tony Sweet takes the mystery out of the camera controls, dials, menus, functions, etc. Besides being one of BetterPhoto's most popular instructors, Tony also is qualified to teach this course: Nikon has named him a "Legend Behind the Lens"!

Key Features

  1. Getting the Ducks in a Row ... Settings, Menus, ISOs, and Technique!
  2. White Balance, Easy movies, Live View, and Retouch Menu Part 1
  3. Shooting Modes and Repeating Flash
  4. Multiple Exposures, Image Overlay, and 'My Menu'


  • Serious Hobbyist through Intermediate.
  • How to get the most out of your D800/D800E, Nikon's killer new game change DSLR!
  • Specific technical tips and settings for operating the camera in the most efficient way, but also lots of creative techniques for getting great photos from your D800/D800E.
  • Note: Even though the lessons are specific in their intent, the cameras are quite complex and everyone works differently. Questions, even those not exactly germane to the lessons, are encouraged and will be addressed!

$198.00 USD

What You Get


You get direct feedback on your photos from world-acclaimed, professional photographers. You can learn photography in this way from anywhere in the world.  
  • Learn at your pace, with structure.
  • Be guided by a real pro instructor.
  • Get your photos critiqued every week.
  • Join students from around the world.
  • Go far beyond any book or DVD.
  • Make great pictures, again and again!



Photography Instructor: Tony  Sweet Tony Sweet
After 20 years as a professional jazz artist, Tony changed careers and directed his creative juices towards nature photography. The improvisational, spontaneous, and abstract nature of jazz are also integral elements of nature photography.

Today, Tony's work is published worldwide and is represented by The Getty Picture Agency.

Tony conducts his "Visual Artistry" photography and digital printing workshops from March through October throughout the continental United States and Canada. Tony's articles and photography are featured in Shutterbug and Rangefinder magazines, and as contributor to He’s also a columnist for Nikon World Magazine.

He has authored three books on the art of photography: Fine Art Nature Photography, Fine Art Flower Photography, and Fine Art Photography: Water, Rain, Fog. All are published by Stackpole Books.

He maintains an active speaking schedule on the subjects of nature and flower photography and marketing, addressing professional photography organizations, universities, seminars, and workshops.

Tony is on the instructor staff of, and is a member of the Baltimore chapter of ASMP. And he has been named a Nikon Legend Behind the Lens and is a charter member or nikSoftwares TeamNik!

To learn more about Tony, visit his Web site:

Sample Photos by the Instructor

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

Course Outline


Week 1: Getting the Ducks in a Row ... Settings, Menus, ISOs, and Technique!
There are many menu options, however, that can be a bit daunting and their usefulness can be questionable or very specific. Actually, many of the menu items are not utilized by professional photographers. In this first lesson, Tony will guide you through the most important functions and the recommended settings.

Week 2: White Balance, Easy movies, Live View, and Retouch Menu Part 1
Learn more how to take the best creative advantage of your D800/D800e. You'll become familiar with White Balance (including the best settings!), Easy Movies and Live View. And you'll get started with a quick "Part 1" overview of the Retouch Menu. 

Week 3: Shooting Modes and Repeating Flash
We can select different shooting modes, depending on the situation and/or preferred shooting style. Many of you probably have a favorite working mode already in place, but consider the various uses of all modes for specific scenes and/or pre-visualized images. Learn about the D800/D800e's great onboard flash unit, and discover Repeating Flash: a favorite and creative way to use flash!

Week 4: OK! Time to Get Out of the Box!! Multiple Exposures, Image Overlay, and 'My Menu'
Two very cool, fun, creative, and immediately rendered in-camera effects are the Multiple Exposure and Image Overlay Functions. Also featured in Lesson 4 is a rundown on a little-known and immensely helpful feature: My Menu. 

© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 



  • Either a Nikon D800 or D800E would be nice!!
  • A working knowledge of basic camera controls and some shooting experience.
  • You’ll need photo editing software that is current enough to process the D800/D800E files. Make sure your editing software is up to date, especially the latest Camera Raw plugin. Updates are available on the software’s Web site.



Can I take this class even if I don't own one of these cameras?
Sure, but it would a bit better if you had the camera! 

Do I need any special imaging software to take this class?
You'll need an image editing software program that can process D800/D800E raw files. 

What about skill level? These are high-end cameras, and I don't want to be lost just because I'm not a pro.

Don't worry! For this course, all you need is a basic working knowledge of camera controls and some shooting experience.


© Tony Sweet 

© Tony Sweet 

Do I have to be online at any specific time?
No, you do not need to be online at any specific time. The lessons are sent to your email and you are also provided the Campus Square - where you interact with your classmates and instructor. This is also where you upload your photos to be critiqued by your instructor. The instructors are very punctual and respond quickly.

Will I have access to the instructor to ask questions during the photo course?
Absolutely! Students can ask questions in the special Q&A forum set up in the course's Campus Square, or can ask the instructor via email.

Do you offer a money back guarantee?
Yes. We are confident that you will fully enjoy our courses. All the same, for our 8-week classes, we offer a 100% money-back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent out. If for any reason, you are not satisfied and let us know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #3 is sent, you will be promptly refunded.

For our 4-week courses, we offer a 100% money back guarantee before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent out from BetterPhoto. If for any reason you are not satisfied and you let the ordering department know that you would like to withdraw before the Wednesday that Lesson #2 is sent, you will be refunded within 7 days. After the second lesson has been sent out, no refunds will be given.

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