Photography Tips : A Beginner’s Guide to Digital Photography

Dan Eitreim

February 28, 2015

Have you just gotten a new digital camera and you want to learn to shoot photos like a pro as fast as possible? Here are a few pointers that will have you shooting like a pro in no time.

First – All new cameras come with a manual and a quick start guide. Your first step is to break out the quick start guide and learn how to insert the batteries and turn your camera on. Easy right? Actually, we all do that first step.

Second – The whole reason that your new camera came with a quick start guide is because no one ever reads the manual. This is a mistake. True it is written in technogeek and is boring, but it only takes a short while to read it and you will be surprised how much you are going to learn.

Grab your camera and the manual and go through it page by page. This will teach you what all the knobs and buttons do and how to access the various electronic menus. By the time you are done, you’ll have a better understanding of how your camera operates than many old pros who’ve been at it for years.

Third – Now for the fun part! Experiment with all the various functions and menus until you are comfortable with them. Don’t be afraid to screw up. This is a learning exercise and bad pictures are just as useful (maybe more so) as great ones.

When you get a bad result. Try to guess at why it happened, make some adjustments and try it again. You’ll be surprised at how quickly this will all fall into place and let’s face it, playing with your camera and learning to get your creative vision “in camera” is what photography is all about.

Before long, when all your friends complain about having to spend dozens of hours on a photo editing program just to get the same quality you have in your photos (and usually not succeeding) you’ll be glad you spent a day or two getting to know your camera and what it can do.

To learn more about a great online class, check out – Photography Master Class

For a bit of fun check out – Trick Photography

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