So you have bought a DSLR (Digital SLR)…now what?
You are beginning digital photography and have just joined the world of the “keen amateur photographer” and bought yourself a new Digital SLR, but what do all those bits and buttons actually do?
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The way things were going with pricing and technology with regard to digital cameras, I saw a definite boom about to happen with regard to Digital SLR sales back in 2004. Now a good few years on I couldn’t have been more right!
For people who have previously owned film cameras or simple point and shoot digital cameras, and now as prices start to fall for the more exclusive semi professional DSLR’s, the opportunity to join the rest of us in the exciting world of the DSLR (Digital SLR) is more affordable than ever when beginning digital photography.
This new breed of cameras is quite simply amazing and I sometimes despair when I read reviews and forum comments that air their disappointment when a new camera just released hasn’t addressed the issue of “having to go to the menu” to make an alteration, for example.
When you are reading reviews about a certain digital SLR camera that you wish to buy, please take them with a pinch of salt.
The reviewers are there to delve full on into every possible avenue open for discussion and any of their personal gripes should not put you off.
If all cameras were released with everyone’s whims being catered for, the camera would simply have no room for a viewfinder or a lens because of the hundreds of buttons scattered everywhere. What you need to do, even if you may never use them, is to learn what action each individual button, gadget and gizmo actually does, just in case you happen to need it one day.
Taking a photograph with one of these new cameras can be much more involved than with any other camera in the past, but it is also so much more fun and enlightening! The amount of control that a DSLR can give you when taking your photos means that you can now let your creativity run wild and try new things that just weren’t possible with other cameras.
Some things for you to learn or consider when beginning digital photography are;
- How to hold the camera
- Using both eyes when shooting
- How to capture your subject
- ISO or ASA settings
- Depth of Field
- Shutter Speeds
- Black and White photography
- Using a Tripod
- Keep your eyes peeled
- Camera viewpoint
- Break the rules
For my full run down of each of these subjects, please see our Better Digital Photography for beginners section at All Things Photography.
For an in-depth explanation of what all the buttons and bits actually do on a DSLR, go to;
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All the best and welcome to this great thing that is called photography!