The majority of people who just got their first DSLR camera don’t even know what treasure lies in their hands. If you are one of these people you may be looking for some tips to get you started. Once you get the hang of it, a whole new world will open its doors in front of you.
Get Rid of Auto Mode
Although the cameras in our days shoot very nice photos on auto mode, you won’t be able to make the best of your camera unless you switch to manual mode. You will be able to shoot in low lighting and bright sunshine and you will be able to avoid motion blur even in case of fast moving objects.
Understand What Shutter Speed, ISO and Aperture Mean
In order to fully control your camera, there are some terms that you will have to get familiar with. Different ISO values will make it possible for you to shoot sharp pictures, while shutter speed will get rid of motion blur (or enhance it when needed). You can use aperture to increase the depth of the pictures.
In order to develop your skills and your knowledge you should be looking for some tutorials. There are a lot of articles and videos for you to check out. This is the best way to learn new techniques get a new perspective of what photography is all about.
The Camera Manual
During the early stages you have to remember that the manual of your camera is your second best friend. Although it may seem boring, you can be sure that there will be a lot of tiny light bulbs lighting up while reading. Once you are done, pick it up and read it again. The second time things will be a lot clearer.
Let It Accompany You
Keep in mind that you are more likely to use your camera if it is within reach. This means that you should take it with you regardless of where you’re going. It is best to carry it hanging around your neck. If there is a great moment, you will be able to capture it. In case you have to get it out of your bag, by the time you take it in hand the moment might be gone.
Friends, Pears and Apples
Usually the first models photographers have are their friends. You can be sure that your friends will agree to model for you, even if you have to bribe them with chocolate. Also, shooting fruit and trees can prove to be a smart way to test your DSLR skills.