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Understanding How to Use Your Digital Camera

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Setting Up Your New Digital Camera

Setting up your digital camera for the first time is easy. Just put in batteries and a memory card, adjust a few settings, and your camera set-up is complete. Get your new digital camera ready to start [more…]

Taking Pictures with Your Digital Camera in Auto Mode

Set your digital camera to Auto Mode and it does the thinking for you. Auto Mode allows your camera to set shutter speed, aperture, focus, decide whether you need flash, and other things. All you need [more…]

How to Take Pictures of Animals

With practice, you can get great photos of animals (whether they’re your pets or wildlife). Though you can’t get animals to pose for a picture, you can capture quality animal images by following some guidelines [more…]

Working with Your Digital Camera’s Focus

Most digital cameras have autofocusing. A few fixed-focus cameras, which you can’t adjust, come prefocused for subjects at distances from about five feet to infinity. Other cameras have manual focus settings [more…]

Compensate for Backlighting when Taking Digital Photos

When the sun or a bright background is behind a subject (backlighting it), your digital camera frequently adjusts to the backlighting, rather than the subject, leaving the subject in the dark. Prevent [more…]

Canon EOS 7D Camera Shooting Modes

The following list explains what each setting on the Canon EOS 7D’s Mode dial is used for. You can determine the best digital camera mode for your photographic subjects. [more…]

Camera Metering Modes for Your Canon EOS 7D

You can choose how your digital camera meters a scene to determine the exposure. Your Canon EOS 7D has the following metering modes from which to pick: [more…]

How to Identify Dials and Buttons on the Canon EOS 7D

The following images are a roadmap to the dials and buttons on the Canon EOS 7D. The lens attached is a Canon 24-105mm f/4.0L series lens with image stabilization. Your lens may have different buttons [more…]

Canon EOS 7D For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A roadmap to the dials and buttons on your Canon EOS 7D, information on shooting mode features and differences, and insight into your camera's metering modes can help you better understand and use your [more…]

A Quick Guide to Automatic Exposure Modes on Your Nikon D3100

For people new to digital SLR cameras, the D3100 offers the following automatic settings that enable point-and-shoot photography. To access modes other than Auto and Auto Flash Off, set the Mode dial to [more…]

Advanced Exposure Modes for Your Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

To really take creative control with your Nikon D3100, step up to one of these four exposure modes, which enable you to adjust aperture (f-stop) to manipulate depth of field [more…]

Get to Know the Controls on Your Nikon D3100 Digital Camera

Here's a quick reference guide to the buttons, dials, and other external controls on your D3100. Note that the lens shown is the Nikkor 18–55mm AF-S DX [more…]

Digital Photography Terms

Get comfortable with your digital camera by learning some digital photography lingo and tips that will help you with lighting, portraits, and depth of field so you’re off and shooting great digital photos [more…]

Controls on Your Nikon D5100 Digital Camera

If you're not familiar with the Nikon D5100 digital camera, here's a quick guide to its buttons, dials, and other external controls. The D5100 kit is sold with the lens shown, the Nikkor 18–55mm AF-S DX [more…]

Review Digital Pictures on the LCD Monitor

Almost immediately after you take a picture, it appears on the LCD monitor. The beauty of digital photography is the fact that as photographer, you can quickly tell if you've got a good image. [more…]

Get to Know Your Digital Camera

The quickest way to get great nature photographs is to know your digital camera like the back of your hand. If you have to think twice about which button to use to change a setting, you may lose a great [more…]

Use Your Digital Camera Menu

The amount of tasks you perform with the camera menu depends on the digital camera you own. Canon camera owners can adjust many settings, such as ISO, with a combination of buttons and dials. Nikon camera [more…]

Review Digital Images with the Histogram

Most digital cameras give you the option of displaying a histogram alongside the image on your camera LCD monitor. A histogram is a wonderful thing: It’s a graph — well, actually it looks more like a mountain [more…]

Focal Length for Nature Photography

It would be a wonderful thing if you could do all of your photography with one focal length. Well, actually you could, using a little thing called foot zoom [more…]

Focal Length for Photographing Wildlife

The type of lens you use for photographing wildlife depends on whether your subject is close to you or far away. It also depends on the type of wildlife you’re photographing. Let’s face it: Common sense [more…]

Depth of Field, Focal Lengths, and Distance

When you photograph a scene with a wide-angle lens, you always get a larger depth of field than you would with a longer focal length. The figure shows an example of a scene photographed with a 24mm lens [more…]

Photographing Objects in Motion

There are a couple of schools of thought on photographing objects in motion. The recipe for a perfect exposure can be obtained in many ways. You can choose a small aperture [more…]

Digital Camera Controls

If you’ve just graduated from a point-and-shoot camera to your first digital SLR, you may be wondering what each button and control on the camera is used for. This information may also be useful if you’ve [more…]

Control Depth of Field in Nature Photography

The aperture is the opening in the lens that lets light into the digital camera. The size of aperture you choose determines how much of your image is in sharp focus from front to back, which is known as [more…]

Finding Buttons, Dials, and Controls on Your Sony Alpha A35/A55

Where are the buttons — like Preview and flash — on your A35 or A55? The playback and exposure buttons aren’t explicitly labeled, and the USB port control dial isn't easy to find. Know where dials, controls [more…]

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