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
1 Rectangle = One Picture. Many = Continuous Shooting Mode
Know Your Crop Factors
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
Leaving It in the Car Could Fry the Internals
The Pop-Up Flash Will Give You Awful Photos (Unless You Like That Look)
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
No Exceptions: Video is Best Shot Not in Auto Mode
DSLRs Were Not Ergonomically Designed for Selfies
The +/- Symbol Are For Making Your Image Brighter or Darker
Wear Your Strap to Prevent The Camera From Falling
In-Camera Filters Are Never As Good as Those Done in Software
Bonus: The Larger Sensor Lets You Get That Blurry Background Known as Bokeh
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