Understand how your camera works

No digital photography book can tell you how to turn on your camera, how to adjust the autoexposure settings, or how to use your model's self-timer to take a picture with you in it. Those are things found only in your camera's instruction manual. Read it. I promise that the information you seek is in there; it just might be hard to find. The instructions for my own Nikon digital camera are so cryptic that I found myself creating a cheat sheet with lists of steps, such as, "To turn off the autosharpening feature, press the Menu button, then. . . ."

Some of the techniques in this book call for using a specific exposure mode or lens setting. I might ask you to switch to your camera's close-up mode to take photos a few inches from your subject. You might need to use your camera's built-in flash. Learn how to do these now so that you can add some simple but effective tools to your shooting repertoire.

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Digital Camera and Digital Photography

Compared to film cameras, digital cameras are easy to use, fun and extremely versatile. Every day there’s more features being designed. Whether you have the cheapest model or a high end model, digital cameras can do an endless number of things. Let’s look at how to get the most out of your digital camera.

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