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Photography Tips – How to use Digital SLR Camera for beginners

Dan Eitreim
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February 22, 2015

For many – or possibly even most – of us, we eventually get tired of shooting the standard, boring pictures we get with our point and shoot camera that we carry around in the glove compartment of our car all the time. Or even worse, we have a thousand or so duck-faced “selfies” that we take with our cell phone and think we are photographers.

Guess what? There IS more out there! Much, much more.

If you’ve never taken that next step up from a fixed lens point and shoot camera to a DSLR, you will be amazed at the creative world that will open up to you.

But first, there are a few mental hurdles we have to overcome. To begin, they are much more bulky than our pocket sized cell phone and actually require a bit of effort to construct (adding a lens, flash and so on) before we can start shooting. It can be a real pain in the patootie at first, but once you see the results, all those concerns quickly fade away.

Next, let’s face it, they are a lot more expensive. You will need to buy not only the camera, but a few lenses, a flash unit, camera bag on so on. Depending on the quality, it can get expensive in a hurry. BTW – on the subject of quality, it is a good rule to always get the best you can afford. It will grow with you as you progress and quality over quantity will show in your photos more than you may think.

Is it worth it? Just consider, even with the extra cost and so on – once someone has taken that next step, they NEVER go back! Try it, you’ll see what I mean.

One really good bit of news… Back in the ancient times of film, we not only had all the same equipment costs, but we had to pay for film, processing, and printing. All that is free now. As a professional photographer, I once did some calculations as to what a photo cost. By the time I wrote off my equipment and film costs, I was spending nearly $2.00 every time I depressed the shutter button.

These days with digital, it is possible to literally take thousands of photos with no expense at all! That is a wonderful thing! The bad news is that since it doesn’t cost anything to shoot, too many of us are just firing away, hoping that somewhere in the mix we will find a decent photo. With no cost involved, the skill and art of creating great photography “in the camera” is raqpidly disappearing.

So, our next step is usually to buy an expensive photo editing program. Now we are stuck on our computer, devoting hundreds of hours to trying to “fix” our photos.

But, that’s not necessary! Just grab your camera, and go through the manual that came with it. (Yes, the one no one reads.) Once you’ve learned the manual, you’ll be head and shoulders above all your friends! (It’s free and it only takes an hour or two.) Then take an online class or two and before you know it, you’ll be winning all the local photo contests, having a great time with your new hobby and glad you took it to a new level.

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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