Beginners Photography - The Basics of Digital Photography
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The Basics of Digital Photography
By Amy Renfrey
Beginners Photography - Read the Manual!:
primary, and often ignored, rule of thumb is "Read the Manual".
Yes, it may be boring, but you will be forever grateful for
the discovery of a particular setting or feature that will enable
you to take better photographs.
For example, most
cameras have timers
, distance and macro
settings, lighting and flash
settings and many will come with a video camera option.
Additionally, many new digital cameras come with automated
features for taking portraits, long-distance or motion shots. Taking
the time to experiment and learn the camera should be a pleasurable
A second rule of thumb is to invest in a back-up
Not everyone remembers to charge their camera ahead
of an important event, and it is truly upsetting to lose out on the
opportunity for memorable or great pictures due to a dead battery.
Some cameras with LCD screens
allow for them to be turned off, which can save a great deal on
battery usage, and it is a good idea to do so if a camera has a
viewfinder. Also, don’t watch any video recording made on the camera
as these too are enormous drains on battery
Beginners Photography - Practice Makes
good way to learn the basics of digital photography is to go out and
use the camera!
Take a walk, or make a planned excursion, for
the purpose of experimenting with it.
Disabling the "auto" features can help
someone learn basic photography principles, and testing some of the
digital settings can enhance the users understanding of what each
option is capable of recording.
Beginners Photography -
One of the great
benefits of digital cameras is their memory cards
, which can allow
for experimentation without the expense of wasted film and
A digital camera owner can simply review
their photographs and delete those found
unsatisfactory. A word of caution for new
- view the images on a computer monitor before
making the final decision. Frequently LCD screens are just too small
to view the image well.
Taking some time to explore and experiment with
a new camera is a great way to become a better photographer, and
once the basics are mastered a digital camera will present a whole
new world of flexibility and
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