04 Oct 10 Tips For Shooting Great Photographs
Bought a new camera but don’t know how to use it?
Have you found yourself in this situation where you have purchased a new camera, ready to shoot some awesome photos and you realize you don’t know how to use it? In today’s digital world a new camera can be overwhelming, there are so many buttons and menu settings that can confound even the top pros. I have spoken to many photographers who only use the settings they are comfortable using. Once you’ve learned how to dial in few menu settings, it will open up a whole new world.
Pouring through that thick owners manual doesn’t always have you shooting better photographs
Yes, you can sit down with the camera manual and deep dive into every setting, but the truth is, often it doesn’t make sense until someone puts it into context for you, the shooter. There are basic and advanced settings on every camera and many of them overlap. As the saying goes, the best way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Here are my top 10 tips to help get you up and running. .
Tips for New Camera Owners
- Turn your camera off when you are not using it.
- Keep your gear dry and dust free, clean it after a day out in the wild.
- Always have extra batteries, there is nothing worse than seeing a great shot and having a dead camera.
- Use your camera strap and never let the strap hang off the table.
- Keep extra media cards on you while shooting, running back to the car sucks.
- Turn your camera off when changing the lens, less dust will be attracted inside your camera body.
- Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, sometimes they turn out to be amazing photographs.
- Pre set your ISO and camera settings and take a test shot before you start to shoot.
- Set your image quality in menu settings, I always shoot in RAW.
- Adjust your viewfinder diopter for your eyes
Getting to know your Camera
If you’re looking to move beyond the basics, you may want to consider taking a micro-mentoring session on WeKnow. There’s so much to learn and nothing beats having someone right there to answer every question you have and help you grow. Feel free to check out my page right here and let me know if I can help you fast forward the learning process.