Digital Photography 101

Digital Photography 101

Before you start on your digital photography journey the first thing that you’re going to need is a good digital camera.  A high end DSLR camera isn’t going to come cheap but you can get a good quality camera at a decent price.  In order to take some incredible pictures you’re going to want to have control over your shutter speeds and aperture settings.  You can do some amazing things with your digital camera once you get the hang of using it, but first you need to know how your camera works.  Let’s get started with digital photography 101.

The Lens

It is the basis of photography. It is the path through which light enters into the camera from the image. It marks the first stage in the processing of the image. Lenses vary from being fixed in a permanent way to ones that can be changed to suit different purposes. Lenses have different focal lengths, apertures, and other details for image acquisition in different situations.


This is the part where you can see what the lens has focused on and what you will be able to capture at that particular incident. These are mainly screens that come in different sizes with some of the being touch-sensitive; working as both an input panel and the viewfinder.

The Body

This is the part the forms the main volume of the camera.  DSLRs are known to be bigger bodied and a bit heavier. This is the part that determines with how much ease you can carry your camera around.

Shutter Release

This is the button that you press when you have got a focus of what you want to capture. It enables the capture by opening or releasing the shutter. The shutter is the part that keeps the camera from recording all through whenever it is on. The camera shutter speed determines the length of exposure for the image recording.


This is a part that controls the amount of light that reaches the image sensor by limiting the diameter of the lens.  The aperture affects the image’s exposure by changing the diameter of the lens opening, which controls the amount of light reaching the image sensor. DSLRs come with a range of aperture that is expressed in f/stops.  The lenses limit the f/stop limits. This is usually stated at the side of each lens. These numbers will be your camera’s lowest available settings when that
lens is in use.

The image Sensor

It converts the optical image that has been captured into an electronic signal. The signal is recorded in form of the captured pictured into your storage.

Memory Card

This is the storage of information about our images.  Different cameras vary on the type of memory card they use. It is good to know whether your camera uses CF or SD type of card.

User Controls

These are mainly front camera parts that permit operation and navigation of the camera options. They mainly vary depending on the camera mode and can easily be changed using directions in the provided manual. DSLR are designed with several controls for both auto and manual operations.