You have your new digital SLR camera, so now what? Many first time DSLR users can be overwhelmed by the broad range of features included with their new camera. Here is a brief guide to help you navigate the DSLR waters:

  1. Start shooting using the automatic settings. While you may be eager to get out and start shooting with your new camera, it is wise to become familiar with your camera first. Once you get the hang of how your camera works, then you can start experimenting with some of the manual features.
  2. Always shoot at the highest resolution possible. You never know when you will want to make a large print of one of your photos.
  3. Rule of thirds. Perhaps the most basic photography principle. Rather than framing your subject directly in the middle of the shot, it is common practice to place the subject on either the top or bottom third of the frame or on either the left or right third of the frame. When taking a portrait photo, most photographers will center the eyes along the top 1/3 of the frame. Never put the area of interest in the center of the photo.
  4. Keep your accessories and manual in your camera bag. You never know when you will be out taking a picture and forget how to manually change the exposure. Keeping your charger in your bag with all your accessories will make sure that your camera is always ready to go when you are.
  5. Don t use the LCD screen to compose your shots. Always look through the viewfinder. The image you see in the viewfinder is the same image that will be captured to the card. The image that is shown on the LCD screen is a processed image and may not be the same image that is captured.
  6. Have fun and don t be afraid to experiment. The best way to become familiar with your new camera is to use it. If you don t like the results you can always delete the photos and try again. Practice makes perfect.

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