Did you get a DSLR camera as a gift, or save up and finally purchased one, but now feel stuck because you have no idea how to use it? This happens to all of us when we get our first nice camera, they just don’t really come ready to use and master. What is even worse is trying to read through the manual and still being lost. So many people have been in this situation, so don’t let your frustration hold you back from learning! It can be very tempting to put the manual down, flick it onto ‘Auto’ and start shooting. Whilst that is fine for some, it may not be long until you crave the creative control that inspired you to purchase a DSLR in the first place, but where do you begin?
Your camera is a powerful tool and learning to use it will pay off for years with better pictures from vacations, better pictures of your family and all the memorable events in your life that you want to capture in the best way possible! Here are a few things you should study up on:
1. Shooting modes
- aperture priority
- shutter priority
3. Completion of the ‘exposure triangle’
- exposure compensation (+/-)
- focussing modes (AF-S/AF-C)
- focus points
6. File size/types
7. White Balance
We have found some really awesome people out there who are experienced with a camera, and have laid out the basics of where to start in a simplified, beginner friendly way! Below are five different links, so find the one that best suits you and is most helpful-and have fun learning and playing with your new toy!
- Wish Wish Wish blog post
- Whole Lifestyle Nutrition blog post
- Ash Burton blog post
- The Photographer Blog
- I Heart Faces Blog
Check back soon, because I will be covering these topics also!