15 Things to Know About Your Brand New DSLR or Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel SL1 product photos review (7 of 9)ISO 4001-640 sec at f - 1.4

Congratulations, you’ve got a brand new camera for the holidays. And while your camera’s manual (yes, you need to read it) will do a lot to help you even more, here are some general things that you should know about your DSLR or interchangeable lens camera.

All of the Settings on the Mode Dial Are For Different Situations

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon Rebel T5i product images (3 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

1 Rectangle = One Picture. Many = Continuous Shooting Mode

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic GH3 product images (1 of 12)ISO 4001-200 sec at f - 5.6

Know Your Crop Factors

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 review images (11 of 16)ISO 4001-1250 sec at f - 2.0

Micro Four Thirds sensor for Panasonic and Olympus  = 2x (50mm will be 100mm) APS-C for Nikon, Pentax and Sony = 1.5x (50mm will be 75mm) APS-C for Canon = 1.6x (50mm will be 80mm) Full Frame = no crop

Using The Viewfinder Will Make Shooting a Lot Steadier Than Outstretching Your Arms

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 1D X Hands on Review (6 of 8)

Leaving It in the Car Could Fry the Internals

Chris Gampat the phoblographer rokinon 7.5mm f3.5 fisheye lens review photos (20 of 22)

The Pop-Up Flash Will Give You Awful Photos (Unless You Like That Look)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm X100s with Diana flash (1 of 1)ISO 2001-1000 sec at f - 8.0

Your Camera is By Default Set to JPEG. But RAW Gives You Lots More Potential


Your Lens Can Only Focus So Closely


Leaving Your Camera in Auto Limits The Potential of Your Purchase


Calibrate The Diopter To Your Vision

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Panasonic 35-100mm f2.8 OS sample photos (7 of 13)ISO 2001-160 sec at f - 2.8

No Exceptions: Video is Best Shot Not in Auto Mode

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Switronix Light (1 of 7)ISO 50001-50 sec at f - 4.0

DSLRs Were Not Ergonomically Designed for Selfies

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Round flash review with Chrissy as Lara Croft (20 of 35)

The +/- Symbol Are For Making Your Image Brighter or Darker

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r and Zeiss Otus 55mm f1.4 lens sample images (4 of 10)ISO 801-2500 sec at f - 1.4

Wear Your Strap to Prevent The Camera From Falling

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Cub and Company Shooter Strap Review images (6 of 8)ISO 8001-30 sec at f - 4.0

In-Camera Filters Are Never As Good as Those Done in Software

Mary and Tommy Sutor's Wedding Batch 2 (51 of 149)ISO 2001-250 sec at f - 4.0

Bonus: The Larger Sensor Lets You Get That Blurry Background Known as Bokeh

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Leica M8 + Zeiss Planar 50mm f/2 Bokeh

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