In most cameras you can find this function at the top of your camera. Remember, always turn the power off when you are changing your lenses, batteries and most importantly the memory card. Never remove your memory card when the camera is switched on as you may lose or damage the memory card.
Make sure you charge all your batteries before you use your camera. This is vitally important as you don’t want to miss any critical moments went out and about. I always recommend you carry a spare battery with you which is fully charged. Keep a note of how many images your battery can take before it runs out. For example, on a high range DSLR you can probably take around 1000 images before it runs out.
This releases the shutter and also depending on your camera turns on the lens focusing it when pushed half way down. Remember to gently press this button down so you can lock your focus well and take a great picture.
This adjusts your viewfinder to your vision. My suggestion would be to look through at a blank wall with some markings upon it so you can adjust the viewfinder until it’s perfectly in focus.
The function of this dial will vary depending on your camera model. The most cameras this will set most of the functions such as ISO, white balance, aperture and shutter.
This is used for navigating the menu to set the different functions of your camera as well as photographs in playback. Also, depending on the model of your camera the functions of this button may vary.
When you first get your camera make sure you take time to navigate the menu your camera. A small bit of preparation will go a long way particularly when you are out and about. Depending on the camera you have the number of menus may vary. For the purposes of this article I will explore a selection of the menus available on a Nikon DSLR as there are too many to explore!
This contains all of the basic functions of your device. Make sure you get to know where everything is.
This contains all the options available when taking pictures. Functions such as quality, White balance, ISO, exposure can be often found on buttons of your camera saving you time having to manually change this via the menu.
Custom settings menu
This is a menu bank which allows you to fine tune your camera settings allowing you to have complete control over your photography.
This menu is concerned with reviewing and management of your images on your that regard
This menu is increasingly becoming available on cameras allows you to edit your images and make a copy while leaving the original. The benefit of this is that you can print your images directly from your camera without you need of a computer.
Don’t get too worried about all functions available on your camera. The key thing to do is to start taking images as quickly as possible. This is important because you need to get a feel for your and once you understand how are works you can then go in to exploring double intricate functions of your camera.
Almost all cameras have and exposure mode although at times you might find this in the menu section.
M or manual mode- in this mode you control both the shutter and the aperture. If you want to use the Bulb settings where you have a long exposure modes you’ll have to set your camera to manual mode.
A or AV- Aperture priority mode- this is where you set the aperture and the camera automatically chooses the shutter speed and correct exposure.
S or TV (Time value)- Shutter Priority Mode- this is another semi automatic setting where you can choose the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture of the correct exposure.
P- Program Mode- is setting set both the shutter and aperture but you could override it with exposure compensation. This setting is most commonly used.
Auto- Automatic Mode- this sets a shutter and the aperture as well adjusting all the exposures. If have used your camera for the first time you will most likely use this mode to begin with.
This compact cameras and entry level DSLRs Will have a number of preset modes set up for you to use in common situations. While starting out these preset modes Will be useful for you to use however the time you will start to move away from the settings as you adapt your photographic needs.
Portrait mode- in this mode the camera sets the aperture as large as possible as the expectation Will be to make the subjects face start now from its background.
Landscape mode- this sets the average as small as possible hello you to get a greater depth of field.
Close up Mode- this is usually used to photograph objects such as flowers. This allows the subject to have some depth of field with the background slightly out of focus.
Sports mode-this sets the shutter speed to its highest which allows for greater freeze motion Capture. Focus is set two continuous when the shutter release button is slightly pressed.
Night landscape mode- here you will have to slow shutter speeds available. It is highly recommended you use a tripod to capture the best possible images at night.
Night portrait mode- the camera balances the flash that is released on the subject with the light present in the background.
The playback button allows you to to see all the images that you have recorded onto a memory card. Using the selection button you’ll be able together more technical data all the image at hand. Information included such as exposure mode, Aperture,ISO, shutter speed, focal length of the lens, White balance setting and histograms can be found here.
Depending on the model of your camera you will be able to view one all Multiple images on your screen. Using the plus button (also seen as our magnifying glass with a plus sign in it) you’ll be able to zoom into images to see the sharpness of the detail with it. In the same fashion clicking on the minus button Will zoom out of the image as well as allow you to see thumbnails of all the images you have taken.
This basically shows a graphic representation of how exposed the image is. The left hand side shows the shadow areas of the image and the right hand side shows the highlights. As a rule of thumb if the peak of the image is to the left it shows that the image is under exposed. If the peak is the right it Is overexposed. When the peak is in the centre it shows normal exposure. Pissed about is generally useful to find where detail can be lost in extreme highlights. So if your graph is to the far left you will need to increase your expression.
Protecting your images from being deleted
Under camera you may find button with a key sign on it. When you are looking through images and you want to make sure that none are deleted then press the button only images you wish to keep.
There are many ways in which you can delete images. You can delete individual images or simply format your memory card. To deletes images you will need to press the ‘bin’ button when viewing the image. My suggestion would be to take all the images you want first and then filter through the ones that you don’t want. More often than not people tend to keep all the images with a view of deleting the ones they don’t want later. Consequently most people end up with large volumes of pictures that they don’t want of you again but end up taking up a lot of space, to take the time to delete the ones you don’t want first.