One of the most important thing with taking great photos is knowing your camera. If you have a nice DSLR then you should stop shooting in Auto and get to know what your camera can really do for you.
Cross-section view of DSLR system:
- 4-element lens
- Reflex mirror
- Focal-plane shutter
- Image sensor
- Matte focusing screen
- Condenser lens
This next part I am going to breakdown my camera (Canon Rebel T2i) functions.
Live View/Movie: To record a movie
AE Lock: Use AE Lock when the area of focus is to be different from the exposure metering area or when you want to take multiple shots at the same exposure setting. (page 97)
AF Selection Point: Auto selection
Exposure Compensation: Use exposure compensation if the exposure (without flash) does not come out as desired. (page 87)
Quick Control: Will enable you to set the white balance, picture style, auto lighting optimizer, image-recording quality (for still photos), movie-recording size, and AF mode. (page 130)
White Balance: (WB) is for making the white areas look white. (page 99)
Auto-focus Mode: the camera will auto-focus
Erase: Deleting a photo(s)
Picture Style: Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome
Playback: See photos that you have taken
Drive Mode: Self-time/ remote control
Shutter Button: to take photos
ISO Button: for changing the ISO
Mode Dial: selecting the mode to shoot in (see image below)
I would really recommend you to read your manual because its a great start for getting to know your camera.
Here are a few tips to get you going
1. Take a class on Digital Photography
2. Try a new stetting on your camera once a month
3. Talk with friends who are photographers
4. Watch videos about your camera
5. Google stuff you would like to learn
Oh Snap is a series where I share what I am learning in photography. I am not an expert or a professional photographer.