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Your Nikon D5000 Digital Camera Layout

Here’s a handy guide to the dials, buttons, and other external controls on your Nikon D5000. (The lens shown on this digital camera is the Nikkor 18–55mm AF-S VR [more…]

A Quick Reference for Automatic Exposure Mode on Your Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

Your Nikon D5000 digital camera's fully automatic exposure modes let you choose between automatic or manual focusing, but limit your control over other picture-taking settings. This table gives a brief [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D5000 Digital Camera

In the four advanced exposure modes, shown here, of your Nikon D90 digital camera, you can adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field (the zone of sharp focus) and adjust shutter speed to decide [more…]

Nikon D5000 For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Taking great digital photos with your Nikon D5000 is a snap once you know the external controls and how to use the automatic and advanced exposure modes of your D5000 digital camera. [more…]

Get to Know the Controls on Your Nikon D300s Digital Camera

You can tell at a glance what some of the external controls on the Nikon D300s do. Want to display camera menus? Press the Menu button. Change your ISO setting? Press the ISO button. But many buttons, [more…]

Nikon D300s Road Map

Can't remember which button or dial to move to adjust which setting on your Nikon D300s digital camera? Print this handy guide and tuck it into your camera bag for easy reference. Note that the information [more…]

Nikon D300s For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Your Nikon D300s is a photographer’s dream, producing exceptional images even in tough lighting, awesome autofocusing performance, and even HD movie recording. To help you get acquainted with your camera [more…]

Olympus PEN E-PL1 Road Map

Can't remember which button or dial to move to adjust which setting on your Olympus PEN E-PL1? Print these pages and tuck them into your camera bag for easy reference. Note that the information here assumes [more…]

Taking Advantage of the Live Control Screen for the Olympus PEN E-PL1

In the advanced shooting modes (P, A, S, and M) in your Olympus PEN E-PL1, you can quickly adjust critical shooting settings via the Live Control display, shown here. Press OK to display the screen and [more…]

What Does That Button Do on the Olympus E-PL1?

Some of the Olympus E-PL1 buttons and other external controls play different roles depending on whether you're in shooting mode or playback mode. Here's a rundown of the default function of each control [more…]

Olympus PEN E-PL1 For Dummies

Your Olympus PEN E-PL1 packs a ton of photography punch into a sleek, compact package. To help you get acquainted with your digital camera, here's a quick-reference guide that labels your camera's external [more…]

Comparing Digital Camera Types

Shopping for a digital camera is like choosing any device. You can carefully weigh multiple criteria considering expert reviews, or you can buy the blue one. All cameras have features that will be more [more…]

Digital SLR Camera Shooting Modes

Decisions, decisions. Your digital SLR camera comes with lots of shooting modes. Fortunately, to shoot pictures like a pro, you need to be concerned with only a couple of them. The following list describes [more…]

Focal Lengths and Your Digital SLR Camera

The focal length of the lens you use determines how the camera records the scene. A short focal length includes a wide view of the scene, which is why a lens with a short focal length is a [more…]

A Post-Shoot Ritual for the Digital SLR Photographer

Photography is art, not rocket science. However, you do work with a digital SLR camera and change settings when taking photographs under certain conditions. If you don’t change the settings to their default [more…]

dSLR Settings & Shortcuts For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You have a great digital single lens reflex (dSLR) camera and want to capture some wonderful pictures of the times of your life. To fully master your dSLR and create compelling photos, you must venture [more…]

Equipment for Macro and Close-Up Photography

To achieve macro and close-up photographic results, you need to focus on subjects at a closer-than-normal distance. To get closer to your subjects, you need specific macro and close-up equipment and techniques [more…]

Lighting Your Macro and Close-up Photography Subjects

Macro and close-up photography typically require you to be very close to your subjects. This can be problematic when it comes to light, as your camera's lens [more…]

How to Stabilize the Camera without a Tripod

Here are some ways you can steady your digital camera without a tripod. With a bit of ingenuity, you can still get a great nature or landscape shot even when you forget your tripod. [more…]

Make Your Own Photo Equipment

When you have a photograph you absolutely have to take, but don’t have all the necessary gear, you can make your own photo equipment that will help you get a great shot. [more…]

Choose a Digital SLR Camera for Nature Photography

The perfect digital SLR camera for nature photography is easy to handle, has the options you need, and fits your budget. A digital SLR with interchangeable lenses gives you complete control over your photography [more…]

Digital SLR Camera Controls on the Front

All those controls! What are they? If you’re working with your first digital SLR camera, all those controls might seem like a mystery to you. Let this diagram help you familiarize yourself with the controls [more…]

Digital SLR Camera Controls on the Top

Don’t let the controls of the digital SLR camera flummox you. This handy diagram of the dSLR controls on the top of the camera will help you master them. [more…]

Digital SLR Camera Controls on the Back

Because you can do so many different things with a dSLR camera, the learning curve is a bit steep. You’re a more serious photographer, though, so those options are probably the reason you bought a digital [more…]

Digital SLR Cameras & Photography For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The digital single-lens reflex (dSLR) camera is the great step upward for photographers who want to expand their creative horizons. Whether you want to become a serious photo hobbyist or simply want to [more…]

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