Check out some of our best tips from setting up your digital camera. To always get high quality pictures you will learn tricks and shortcuts. This guide is for you if you’re new to photography but want to take great pictures with your new dSLR. We will cover simple modes, what are some of the small buttons on your camera and some tricks.
Get a Memory Card
A memory card is required for a camera in digital photography to save your images. You'll have to buy one if your camera didn't come up with a memory card, because most dSLR cameras have no built-in storage. I would suggest a 32 GB memory card. Look for a fast read speed of 45 MB/s or more to easily upload your images to your computer.
Get Know the Modes
The cameras come in several different modes. Such modes set the shutter speed, flash, aperture, and more. In certain cameras (Canon-Series) there is a mode dial by the on/off button. You'll need to click a mode button on other cameras (Nikon-Series) to access options. The dial will always include — P, A (or AV), S (or TV), and M. There will also be a fifth mode entitled Auto.
dSLR - Macro Mode
Macro generally means small, so it comes as no surprise that people also use the macro mode to take pictures of small things that you want a close-up view of. The camera uses its minimum focus distance in macro mode to maintain clear focus on small objects or items that close to the lens. This mode is typically marked with a flower icon.
dSLR - Night Mode
During night mode – the camera takes as much light as possible when the photo is taken. Usually, this mode is marked with a moon icon. The camera requires light to create a photo when it becomes dark outside. Here are the five settings you should use for your next photo adventure at night: • Shoot manual. • Use a wide aperture. • Set your ISO to a high number. • Utilize a high slow-shutter speed. • Use a tripod.
dSLR - Sports Mode
The sports mode allows to take sporting or action shots easier. The sports mode normally set the camera to increase the shutter speed to freeze the action in the frame. Sports mode will give you a high shutter speed of at least 1/500 – 1/1000 of a second. Usually, this mode is marked with a running man icon. Sports mode is perfect for taking photos of children playing around, waterfalls, sports and car races.
dSLR - Landscape Mode
This mode is marked with a mountains icon. You can use it to take photos of landscapes and larger scenes. Landscape mode mainly uses a small aperture to create a well-focused image. Landscape mode is suitable for shooting wide shots of nature as well as cityscapes. The landscape mode works by setting the camera's focus to infinity. This assures you can take shots that are extremely wide. The mode will ensure the entire picture is focused and not blurred.
dSLR - Video Mode
If you want to film videos, you will have to switch to video mode marked with a video camera icon. A stable tripod is very useful for producing video content that looks more professional on its own or combined with other equipment such as sliders. The more you shoot, the better you can see what your video captures need to change.
Fix The Flash
Landscape and portrait modes can trigger a flash in low light situations that can cause lack of color saturation. Most built-in flashes are also located near the camera lens. The benefits of an external on camera flash are much greater than those of an built-in camera flash, although maintaining an additional equipment is the only downside. To reduce the intensity of the flash, put a thin hankie or a napkin over the flash before the shot is taken.
Get to Learn the Wifi Features
Wi-Fi can be found in most modern dSLRs. That means you can upload images from your camera directly to social media or other accounts. Some cameras also let you upload directly to social networking sites like Facebook, which is a great feature of social photography. Some apps are also available to control your camera through your phone.
Safeguard Your Screen
The glass of your camera is very fragile so be sure to buy a clear screen protector to avoid scratches. A screen protector's primary role is to shield the glass from dirt, grit, oily fingerprints and surface scratches. Generally, you clean the glass of your camera with a microfibre, add some soapy water to the screen protector and then place it on top of the screen. You need to better position the protector so it suits.
All kinds of cool filters can be added to your lens to achieve those effects. For example, tinted filters can alter a photo's overall hue. A polarizing filter is another example. This reduces light reflections, enriches color and enhances contrast. Each lens filter is designed to provide a specific effect that can improve the final appearance of the image. They come in four types - Screw-in Filters, Drop-in Filters, Square Filters and Rectangular Filters. The 7 Types of Camera Lens Filters are - UV and Skylight Filters, Polarizing Filters, Neutral Density Filters, Graduated Neutral Density Filter, Color Correcting Filters, Close-Up Filters, Special Effects Filters.