Introductions to Useful Modes and Settings on Your Digital Camera
Photography Settings, Techniques and Rules
Digital Camera Modes Explained
I spoke with a family friend recently who had just bought a new point and shoot camera. She came up to me with her camera when no one was watching and embarrassedly asked me if I could tell her what all the little icons on the dial on top of her camera meant. This article explains what each of these most common digital camera modes means and does. Knowing them can take your shots to the next level.
Aperture and Shutter Priority Mode
This introduction talks you through these two very useful settings that can be found on many digital cameras. Aperture and Shutter Priority modes take you out of Automatic mode giving you more control over your images – but don’t thrust you fully into manual mode – they are great settings to explore and master.
Introduction to White Balance
One of the most common problems that I see in beginner photographer images are shots with incorrect color. We’ve all seen them – portraits where your subjects teeth and eyeballs (and everything else) has a yellowish tinge. Learn what causes this and how to combat it with this tutorial on White Balance.
Shutter Release Technique
Another ‘basic’ or ‘beginner’ type tip that many do intuitively – but which can drastically improve your photography if you don’t do it.
How to Use Focal Lock
Yet another beginner technique that many of us take for granted yet which is at the core of how all digital cameras focus automatically. Get this wrong and you’ll take a lot of shots of out of focus subjects and in focus backgrounds!
How to Take Sharp Digital Images
My shots are fuzzy is a common problem that we’re asked about at DPS so we wrote this tutorial to refer people to to help them get the sharpest images that their camera can take.
Shooting with an In Camera Flash
Flash photography with an in built flash can lead to some terribly blown out images – here are a few tips on how to avoid them. On a similar topic – here’s 7 Strategies for Avoiding Flash Blow Out.
How to Get Shallow Depth of Field in Your Digital Photos
A great technique to learn if you’re into many types of photography (portraits, macro etc) is how to control the depth of field in your shots and make your main subject ‘pop’ out by making your background nicely blurred – this tutorial talks you through how to do it.
This post talks new camera owners through the three main elements of Exposure. Once you’ve read it also check out our introductions to ISO, Aperture and Shutter Speed.
How to Avoid a Dirty DSLR Sensor
One of the fastest ways to ruin every single shot you take with your new DSLR is to end up with a dirty image sensor. This tutorial gives some basic tips on how to ensure it stays as clean as possible.
How to Clean a DSLR Lens
As much as you try to protect them – lenses tend to get a little grimy over time. This tutorial shares some basic tips on how to clean them up so that your shots will be as clear as possible.
Getting Horizons Horizontal
The perfect way to ruin that lovely sunset or landscape shot is to make it lean to one side. Get your Horizon Horizontal!
Fill Your Frame
This is not applicable to every shot you take but many photographers could drastically improve their photography by getting in close to their subject and filling their frame.
Getting Backgrounds Right
The background of your shot can make or break your image. This tutorial talks you through a number of things to look out for and techniques to use to get them just right.
Adding Randomness to Your Photos
Learn how to set your images apart from everyone else’s by injecting creativity, variety and a little randomness into your shots.