Tips on how to use the new camera
Basic Photography
June 2, 2017

If you are one photography bug just like me then buying a professional camera is the best thing for you. Buying the first DSLR is never easy as we all do a lot of research so that we never go wrong anywhere. You will obviously take the demo class from the storekeeper after buying the camera but using it professionally for the first time is not so easy. So many buttons on the camera somehow confuse you. Rather you can check out these tips on how to use the new camera.

But, just cool down a bit! You have bought the expensive camera because you know and understand photography. You can obviously do well by just understanding some facts. You just need to concentrate on some aspects and you can always improve, thereafter. So, here we are going to discuss 5 tips on how to use the new camera. If you learn these tips and keep in mind until the end, you have almost technically learned the skills.


Before anything else, you always have to start with the light. Light is a very important aspect of the photography. So the first step is to check out the light. You have to understand the light and the various sources of the light in practical before capturing it with the camera. If you don't look at the light first, without a camera then you won't be able to find out the perfect and the exact settings with the camera to capture the light. You need to find out that from where the light is coming from in relation to the camera, how strong it is, what are the sources of the light and more. You need to get to know all the technical sides of the light first and then figure it with the camera settings and proceed.




There are majorly three factors which are important to record the light and they are ISO, aperture and the shutter speed. The ISO of the camera is the sensor ability of it to capture the light. If the camera has higher ISO then it can capture more light. But this somehow makes the photograph more grain and so it is generally advised to use low ISO such as 100 or 200 to have a picture of less grain. For the landscape, photography low ISO is recommended and for the street side, travel or the event photographer use with high ISO. One thing which the new photographer can do is experiment taking photos at different ISOs and take similar and identical shots and then compare later on to find out the differences.

The hole that opens in the lens to allow the light to hit the sensor is called the aperture. When you change the aperture then it adjusts the size of the hole. If the hole is larger, more light will hit the sensor. And this means that smaller range of the photograph will be in focus. Larger hole corresponds to smaller f-number that is f/2 and smaller hole corresponds to large f-number and that is f/16. For the portrait photos you can use the low f numbers to concentrate on one particular thing and for the landscape photos, you can use great f numbers to capture the entire area.

And finally, comes the shutter. The shutter in the camera is the curtain that opens and closes inside the camera. The time when the shutter is opened to expose the sensor to the light is called the shutter speed. More motion blur in your photos can be seen when the shutter speed is slower and slower depending on the subjects. The motion blur totally depends on the shutter speed and the speed of the subject.




There are other three important settings in the camera and they are manual, shutter priority and aperture priority. After some time when you become friendly with your camera you can easily use any of the following settings. So, the first process here is to set the ISO. You may turn your ISO auto off and set the ISO at 100 or 200 if you shooting with a tripod. Set it to 100 or 400 if you are in the bright sunlight and 400 to 1600 in the shade. At the night time or at the sunset time you can keep it to 1600 to 6400. Now you have to select the mode in which you have to shoot in. In manual mode, you can set the aperture and shutter speed by your preference. For the shutter priority, you need to choose the shutter speed and the camera will choose the aperture. For the aperture priority, you will choose the aperture and camera will choose the correct shutter speed.




Understanding the technique of the white balance is also very important and white balance is the main aspect which shows the actual colour of the light in the photograph. The camera has different settings for different kinds of lights. You can start by setting the white balance to Auto. This technique is excellent in the beginning days. These are really important tips on how to use the new camera.




The main area where the camera chooses to be sharp is the focus. The focus has to be on the main subject of the image. So, when you autofocus the setting, you will see many boxes which you must know how to move to bring at the area of the main subject. This should be the exact area where you want the focus to be. Pressing the shutter halfway locks the focus. The camera also needs the contrast to focus so always come up with the areas that have an edge to have the clear focus.



So, these were some of the simplest tips on how to use the new camera. You will find these helpful now and even later.

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