Friday, September 4, 2009

Simple Tips for DSLR Beginners

Using a DSLR camera can be confusing if you cannot understand the basic steps for perfect photograph.


  1. Don’t let the camera intimidate you. Go ahead, shoot on full Auto, just as you would with your point-and-shoot camera.
  2. Use the small through-the-lens optical viewfinder, instead of the LCD, to compose shots. Even small DSLRs are heavy, compared with other cameras, so keeping the camera closer to you makes for greater stability.
  3. Use image stabilization. Most DSLRs come equipped with some sort of image stabilization (antishake) technology; turn it on and leave it on. The only time to switch off antishake is when your camera is on a tripod. (For Nikon try to use VR or Vibration Reduction)
  4. Keep your camera preset to continuous shooting. This feature means you’ll catch every millisecond of baby’s first step if you leave your finger on the shutter. After all, one of the biggest perks of owning a DSLR is the speed.
  5. Shoot in RAW mode instead of JPEG. RAW will allow you to correct adjustments such as white balance and exposure during editing with little or no harm to the original image. The downside is that RAW can be a memory hog—all the more reason to get a high-capacity memory card.