How to Use a Digital Camera

Introduction: How to Use a Digital Camera

If you want to become a famous photographer and bask in the glory, the first aspect of photography you need to master is using a digital single-lens reflex camera. Let us presume you have already glanced into your new camera’s manual and learned what all those numerous buttons and levers do so that you are able to operate your device with ease: then you must be craving to take your first photo. To make it a masterpiece, let us follow several simple instructions.

Step 1: Lens Cap

Though it may sound unnecessary for the first step, do not forget to take the protective cap off the lens. A solid part of photography is about capturing the right moment, and it is disappointing to miss one just because of your own carelessness.

Step 2: Framing

Find a solid frame. It is a matter of practice. For starters, try not to crop peoples’ heads or other body parts, and do not put objects right in the frame’s center. Leave some head space or your images will appear overloaded.

Step 3: Different Modes

Adjust aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values. Or to make a process faster and easier, use A- or S-modes (‘aperture priority’ and ‘shutter priority’ modes respectively). The A-mode allows you to set the F-number (which influences the depth of field), while automatics take care of ISO and shutter speed. S-mode does the same for shutter speed, which affects whether the objects in your picture will be blurry or clear

Step 4: Autofocus

Let your camera autofocus by pushing the release button halfway, and then slightly press it to the end to make a shot. If you shoot at nightfall, set shutter speed low and use a tripod to exclude image distortions caused by your hands’ shaking. If your camera cannot focus on its own (which often happens when it is dark outdoors) switch from auto to manual mode, and focus your lens on lights, or to the infinity.

Step 5: Adjustments

Do not be afraid to post-process your photos. Digital photography grants you a wide variety of ways to improve your images’ quality, so feel free to use them—at least until you become a professional. At the same time, many professionals use Photoshop as well. Anyway, you may be surprised how simple saturation, contrast, or hue adjustments are able to make your images look much better.

Step 6: Take Lots of Pictures

Take multiple shots. Hardened pros may follow the rule ‘One shot—one hit,’ but to do that you must take thousands of photos before. Taking several shots of one frame will give you an opportunity to choose the best among similar images. So, shoot, shoot, and shoot.

Step 7: Conclusion

There are many nuances in photography cannot be crammed into a short guide. But I hope it will help with a successful start so that there are more astonishing photos out there.

I have also added some pictures of the SD card and battery. Make sure to always have an SD otherwise your pictures won't save and also make sure your battery is charged.

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    1 year ago

    Since you are showing off a Canon camera and talking about the different modes at least get them right - there is no such thing as "S" mode on a Canon camera. Out of the creative mode selection it is either P, AV, TV, and M

    P mode doesn't mean professional either it means Program mode
    AV is Aperture Variable mode or Aperture
    TV is Time Variable mode or shutter speed
    M is Manual mode

    Other Canon cameras may even have other such as DEP and C1 modes, etc.

    On Canon the green rectangle is fully automatic mode. This makes your camera basically a point and shoot, Did you really spend all this money for a glorified point and shoot camera. Get out of the "Auto" mode and learn to use the P, AV, TV and M modes.

    Try to get the best image in camera as possible so you don't have to spend all the time in post processing. Learn to use you camera to get the best possible images out of it. If you are going to do post processing then use raw and forget the jpg format. Raw file gives you way more flexibility to post process your images.

    Set up your camera to use BBF (back button focus) and lean how to use it, you will be glad you did.

    Learn how to compose your photos, use the rule of thirds. Slow down and take a quality photograph the first time. Forget the spray and pray method unless you are doing action shots. Why waste time going through a bunch of photos, which can be hit and miss when you can be outside taking better quality images to start with. You didn't pay the big bucks for your camera so you could end up sitting in front of your computer screen, now did you...

    When you setup your camera go into the menu and turn off "shoot without card" this will prevent you from taking a photo without having a SD or CF card in your camera. Your camera doesn't have internal memory to store your image.

    Most importantly go out and enjoy taking photos


    3 years ago

    Thanks for sharing all your camera tips!