A lot of people purchase brand new digital cameras and figure that everything will be done for them automatically when it comes to taking photos. However, that’s a mistake that shouldn’t be made and is quite easy to rectify.

The first thing you should do when you buy a new camera is read the owner’s manual and find out exactly how all of the components operate. This is especially important when it comes to the different controls and modes.

There are many occasions where you might miss a good photo opportunity or ruin an image if you’re not sure what to do. For example, if a camera is set to auto focus and you’re trying to single out a person in a crowd, the camera might not know which person to focus on. The camera can’t read your mind and it might focus on somebody or something else.

In this instance, you’d be better off using the manual focus. However, if you’re not sure how to change the settings you may miss the photo opportunity by the time you take out the owner’s manual and read it.

You should familiarize yourself with the basics of the camera before using it. This will allow you to change the settings and modes in time to capture the shot.

It’s well worth spending the time to get to know the camera if you don’t want to miss that once-in-a-lifetime shot.


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