The Magic Of Photo | Your camera


Your Camera






“Wherever there is light, one can photograph.”

-Anne Geddes





In the introduction to this course I implored you to take a look at your camera manual and become familiar with your camera.  This next sentence will sound like a total contradiction to everything I’ve just said.


Your camera does not matter at this point the amount of megapixels or the type of lens you have means nothing. How can that be you may be asking yourself? Think about it like this if you do not know how to drive it does not matter if you get behind the wheel of a luxury car or piece of junk you purchased from your next-door neighbor.


The results will ultimately be the same; there is a high chance that you will end up wrecking either vehicle.




A great photographer can produce high-quality images with the entry-level camera or a high-end camera. The reason that most photographers have high-end gear is more a question about reliability and key features offered by those cameras.


Once you get the notion out of your mind that your camera may be holding you back you open yourself up to producing quality images regardless of the gear at hand.


Since there is a litany of camera makes and models often I implore you to familiarize yourself what your specific make and model. You should make it your mission to know what every single button does.


If this is your first time picking up a DSLR locate the power button or switch, normally (but not always) located on the top right-hand of your camera.


Second is the mode dial, also on the top-right or near the shutter release button, which lets you choose what shooting mode you want to use.


Third is the shutter button (yup, top-right again). When pressed half-way the shutter button acts to focus your shot and calculate the settings required for a correct exposure. When you press the shutter all the way it takes the photo. Easy!







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