The world is pretty and some of the moments are best shot with a DSLR camera. It is essential that a budding photographer gets all the necessary details about DSLR photography well before getting started with it, avoiding getting overwhelmed with the details at a later point of time. If you are starting out, we recommend purchasing entry level DSLR’s such as Canon’s ‘Rebel/Kiss’ series or Nikon D3XXX , D5XXX.
Here is a short guide with a few tips, hints and steps to get started with DSLR photography.
Gather knowledge about important terms
There are certain important terms associated with photography that you must know about before beginning, including ISO, White Balance, Aperture, and Shutter Speed.
- ISO: ISO essentially controls the sensitivity of the light sensor of the camera to the light.
- White balance: White balance setting helps you to ensure that there is perfect balance between grey and white tones in photographs.
- Aperture: Aperture is used to control the amount of light that enters the lens of the camera.
- Shutter Speed: Shutter speed controls the time for which the lens is exposed to light.
Read the manual
In the excitement of clicking great photographs with the new DSLR camera, many new owners get carried away and tend to skip reading the manual of their camera. The manual is a treasure hove of information about the camera and its right usage. One may get tons of tutorials on the Internet, but most of them are generic in nature. The camera manual happens to provide every single bit of information that you need to operate it perfectly.
You need not gulp the entire information in one go, but a few pages at a time. Try reading a few chapters, disseminate the information, experiment with your camera and then move forward.
Try the manual mode
It is easy to get started with the auto setting, but you will learn a little with that. Play with the manual settings to learn as much as possible about your camera. Choose the appropriate setting depending on whether you want to control the field depth, shutter speed, exposure and white balance. You can learn a lot by playing with the manual settings.
Learn to work with various forms of light
The real challenge lies in learning how to work with various forms of light and shoot incredible photos regardless of the intensity of light. Whether you are clicking photographs indoors, outdoors with sun beating down hard on your head or in the dark, you must be able to utilize whatever light is available without using flash.
Gather knowledge about composition
What differentiates a snap shot and a professional photograph? You guessed it right, it is the composition. You need to learn how to position yourself to click a great picture, low angle photography and take interesting shots by shooting through things. Your composition says a lot about you, whether you are a professional photographer or a newbie.
Stack up the extras
Ending up with dead batteries or camera cards filled to the brim with photographs can be a nightmare for a photographer. To avoid getting stuck in the middle of nowhere, stack up a few additional pairs of batteries and high speed memory cards.