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DSLRs open up a whole new world of creative photography, and we pick the best DSLR A complete guide to the best DSLRs for beginners. A Beginners Guide to a DSLR: Welcome all ye newbs, well maybe not, but anyway, here is my complete guide to a DSLR, whether your shooting in manual. Steps for Learning How to Use Your DSLR include: Master Shooting modes (including priority modes and full manual) Understand ISO. Learn the 'exposure triangle' Master Metering including exposure compensation. Learn About Focussing. Understand file size/types. Learn about White balance.‎The dPS Ultimate Guide to · ‎The Ultimate Guide to Nature.


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This way, you will be able to choose what you are focussing on, ensuring that the subject you want to capture is in focus. Once you are dslr guide for beginners with the basic focussing modes and focus point selection, you can then explore the more advanced modes that your camera may offer.

Understand File Size and Types You will have the option to be able to change the size of the images that your camera records, and in which file type. A raw file is uncompressed, and so contains a lot of image data that allows for a lot of flexibility during post-processing i.

A jpeg is a compressed file type, that is automatically processed by the camera. When starting out with your camera, using jpeg is the most straight forward.

It will enable you to get dslr guide for beginners best results whilst you learn the basics or your camera before complicating matters with post-processing of raw files.

Learn about White balance If shooting in jpeg, as recommended above, you will need to make sure you set your white balance before taking a picture. The white balance can significantly impact colour tone of your photographs.

You may have noticed that sometimes your images have a blueish tone to them or, in others, everything looks very orange. This is to do with the white balance and, whilst you can make some adjustments to the image on your computer, it is much simpler if you get it right up-front.

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Different light sources such as the sun, light bulbs, fluorescent strips etc emit light of different wavelengths, and therefore colours, which can be described by what is known as colour temperature. This coloured light is reflected off of surfaces, but our brain in clever enough to recognise this and automatically counter the effect, meaning that we still dslr guide for beginners a white surface as a white surface.

However, your camera is not that intelligent, and unless told otherwise, will record the orange or blue tones giving the colour cast to your images. The image captured using auto white balance has a heavy yellow tone from the artificial street lighting.

Therefore it is best to set the colour balance before you take your image and just to dslr guide for beginners sure note: Jpeg files are not as susceptible to white balance adjustments, meaning the white balance correction needs to be made before the image is taken: Daylight — To be used on clear sunny days.


Bright sunlight, on a clear day is as near to neutral light that we generally get Cloudy — To be used when shooting on a cloudy day. Adds warm tones to daylight images. Shade — To be used if shooting dslr guide for beginners the shade, as shaded areas generally produce cooler, bluer images, so need warming up.

Tungsten — Used for shooting indoors, under incandescent light bulbs, or under street lights, to cool down the yellow tones.

Flash — the flash will add a cool blue cast to the image, so used to add some warmth. Generally, you will be able to look up at the sky and see what kind of day it is, and determine the colour balance required pretty easily.

If you move indoors, just check the lighting that you are dslr guide for beginners under, and again select the appropriate white balance.

Also pay close attention where your eye goes. Can you see now how aperture can help you define what you want your audience to see?

You can not isolate one, they all need to work together.

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An example would be if you are creating a more shallow depth of field then you are allowing more light to come into your picture.

You will have to either adjust the shutter dslr guide for beginners or ISO to compensate for the change in light. We will get to manual mode after we have done a little bit of homework and some exercises to help you better understand how it all comes together.