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Useful Photography Tips for Beginners – Take Awesome Photographs Easily

I have one tip to get you started, and this tip applies to whatever camera you choose to have. If you don’t heed this advice, the rest of the article will not work for you.

Canon PowerShot S40 (4MP)

Canon PowerShot S40 (4MP)


It seems obvious, but I can assure you that majority of camera owners (SLR or FLC) are not familiar with what their camera is capable of achieving.

There can be many reasons for this. From changing cameras too often (often blaming the camera for not being able to capture something), not reading and understanding the manual, not asking the right person, to not practicing at all.

Reasons that inevitably point to one source, the user’s decision to not know his camera.

You have to be familiar with what all the settings and buttons of your camera. I’m not just saying knowing what the button does, but to know HOW each setting affects your photograph or technique. There’s no point bragging about “I know this button is for exposure compensation!” but have no idea how an exposure is calculated in the first place.

Canon PowerShot S40 (4MP)

Canon PowerShot S40 (4MP)

You also have to know how to operate your camera with little fuss. Know how to turn on, adjust exposure, lock focus, change white balance, etc. like it’s second nature. If you spend your time fiddling on menus and buttons, you’ll miss whatever chance you have to capture what’s in front of you.

In addition, by knowing your camera’s strengths, you’ll also know its limitations.

You’ll instinctively know how to pre-focus to get an action shot, what settings to use to keep noise to your acceptable limit, how near is your lens’ minimum focusing distance, how far your flash can reach, and so forth.

So know your camera well.

Sit at home, reset your camera to its factory default, follow the user’s manual and test every setting to see how it affects your images. That’s the only way for you to know what your camera can do. If you “try” settings out during the time of the shoot, not only are you playing a game of roulette, you also won’t learn anything.

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