Learning your camera Part I
So you made the nice list this year, and Santa delivered you a brand spankin’ new digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera. Or maybe you have had one for a while now, and you are still wondering what this camera can do to improve your photography. You have probably already noticed a significant difference in the speed of capturing an image compared to a point and shoot. Although you may be pleased with what you are getting from your dSLR already, there is so much more capability waiting for you!
We all hate, or at least I do, reading instruction manuals. It is simply just un-American. We are adventurers at heart and want to just figure things out. Sadly, this won’t hold true with your new camera. So much capability, customization, and power over how your camera functions is hidden behind buttons and menus. It is time to move past the era of the blinking 12:00 on our VCR’s and learn how to take control over the camera.
The first and most noticeable setting is the Auto mode. Your camera may say Auto or have a rounded corner rectangle. Auto mode means simply just that. Your camera is going to do everything for you except compose the shot and push the shutter release. The Auto mode is okay, and we all probably use it from time to time. However, the true power of your camera is in the other functions that we will be covering in the next series of posts.