Understanding How to Use Your Digital Camera

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Finding Buttons, Dials, and Controls on Your Sony Alpha A65/A77

Where are the buttons — like Preview and flash — on your Sony A65 or A77? The playback and exposure buttons aren’t explicitly labeled, and the USB port control dial aren’t easy to find. The following images [more…]

Finding Controls on a Digital SLR Camera

All dSLRs, no matter what manufacturer makes the camera, share common buttons, knobs, and controls. For example, a camera's grip is always on the right side, an LCD monitor on the back to view settings [more…]

Tips for Using the Articulating Monitor on Your Nikon D5200

When you first take the camera out of its box, the monitor is positioned with the screen facing inward, protecting it from scratches and smudges, as shown on the left in this figure. It’s a good idea to [more…]

Hidden Connections on Your Nikon D5200

Scattered across your camera’s exterior are numerous controls that you use to change picture-taking settings, review and edit your photos, and perform various other operations. Hidden under cover on the [more…]

Shiny New Features: Recent Developments in Digital SLR Photography

Digital SLRs continue to evolve. That is truly fantastic news, because photographers benefit from the new capabilities and technology. Here are some of the main recent dSLR developments and trends: [more…]

How to Access Your Digital SLR Camera Menu

Getting into your Digital SLR camera's menu system is as easy as pie. Even if you've never used a dSLR before, you will be able to quickly master opening the menu and making changes and choices. Here are [more…]

Basic Setup Options for Your Digital SLR Camera

Your dSLR camera's main setup options are in the Setup menu. Each tab (here they’re vertical) has its own unique icon. In this case, it's a small wrench [more…]

Recording Options for Your Digital SLR Camera

Your dSLR camera’s basic still and movie recording settings control how your digital SLR shoots and saves photos and movies, as well as other photo- and exposure-related options. The scrollbar on the right [more…]

Playback Options for Your Digital SLR Camera

Your Digital SLR camera should have an entire menu devoted to playing back photos and movies. Because you are not using film and will want to take a look at your images, it's an important aspect of using [more…]

How to Combat Blur in Your Digital SLR Shots

Shutter speed is just like other dSLR exposure elements: It has a side effect that has nothing to do with exposure. In this case, the side effect is preventing blur. The shutter speed has to be fast enough [more…]

How to Use the Shutter Speed on Your Digital SLR

In an ideal photography world, you could set your dSLR shutter speed to 1/4000 or 1/8000 second and never worry about camera shake or motion blur again. You’d only need to slow it down when you wanted [more…]

How to Use AutoFocus on Your Digital SLR

To autofocus (AF) using the viewfinder, compose the scene, then press and hold the shutter button on your dSLR halfway down. It's pretty simple. If you like, you can customize the autofocus system to meet [more…]

How to Set Up Your Digital SLR to Take Pictures

When you have your gear and you’re on the scene, follow these steps to prepare yourself to take pictures with your dSLR. And remember, the setup process can be just as important as the picture taking itself [more…]

How to Improve Your Wide-Angle Digital SLR Shots

When you go out to take wide-angle shots with your dSLR, try to use wide-angle focal lengths to your advantage. In other words, do more than point the camera, zoom out to fit the subject in the frame, [more…]

How to Use a Filters with Your Digital SLR

Using filters with your dSLR is easy enough. You may spend a few moments getting set up and deciding what filter you want to use, but you'll soon start taking shots. When you get the hang of it, you get [more…]

How to Use an External Light Meter on Your Digital SLR

An external light meter (most often simply referred to as a light meter) is a separate gizmo for your dSLR that measures the amount of light in a scene. That's all it does. It doesn't take pictures. More [more…]

How to Fix Photo Problems with Histograms on Your Digital SLR

In order to identify problems with photos on your dSLR, it’s a good idea to look at real histograms and figure out what they show. To save space, these histograms aren’t full sized. The point is to quickly [more…]

How to Use the Autoexposure (AE) Lock on Your Digital SLR

The Autoexposure (AE) Lock on your dSLR lets you meter and focus on one area of the scene, lock the autoexposure reading into the camera, recompose the shot, and then take the photo with the original exposure [more…]

How to Override Autoexposure with Exposure Compensation on Your Digital SLR

Exposure compensation (EC) is the ultimate autoexposure override on your dSLR. It can be a real problem-solver if a photo’s exposure doesn't come out the way you want it to. [more…]

Camera-to-Flash Connection Options for Your Digital SLR

There are several camera-to-flash connections you can make with your dSLR flash. There's the tried-and-true hot shoe method, but also several other wired and wireless options for you to consider. Each [more…]

External Flash Techniques for Your Digital SLR

An external flash (the flash unit that you can attach to your dSLR, not where you mount it) is useful and a lot of fun. Although built-in flashes are capable, an external flash: Offers more flexibility [more…]

Digital SLR Photography Workflow

Workflow is a hot topic among digital SLR photographers because they do more than simply toss photos from their cameras into their computers. This type of photographer often develops, processes, edits, [more…]

How to Save Raw Data Files on Your Digital SLR

Technically, your dSLR camera always shoots using its raw file format. This is the data it creates JPEGs with. If you want to edit raw files, you have to tell the camera to save that data so you can use [more…]

Advanced Raw Editing Techniques for Your Digital SLR Shots

After you get the basics under control, have a look at more advanced raw editing for your dSLR shots. You may not need or want to apply every technique mentioned here. Hopefully, you don’t. [more…]

How to Fix Brightness and Contrast Problems in Your Digital SLR Shots

Brightness and contrast are two of the more fundamental editing tasks worth mastering when working with your dSLR shots. You want photos to be bright but not too bright, and have enough contrast ― but [more…]

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