Hurrah!!! You have a new camera! Or if you are just now opening the box, or want to dust off your skills, this is a good place to get started!
5 tips below to begin using your shiny new toy :)
PARTAY! It’s time to open the box and have fun! Every picture you take will teach you something: either you’ll want to take another photo with the same settings, or you’ll want to change the settings. No such thing as a wrong photo, so relax, and enjoy learning!
Peruse the manual: get familiar with the menus. You may even find video tutorials on YouTube for your camera model!
Play with the exposure triangle: aperture, shutter speed, and ISO.
Aperture (f1.8 etc.) dictates how much of your photo will be in focus. Shutter speed (1/200 etc) freezes or blurs motion, and ISO (film speed: 100-6400) gauges the intensity of light that reaches the sensor. All three can be set to make the photos you want.
P mode on your camera is similar to auto (or the green box).
Av mode lets you change the aperture while it sets the shutter speed for you.
Tv mode lets you set the shutter speed while setting the aperture for you.
M or manual, allows you to set all three. I like to use manual by setting the aperture (usually to wide open such as 1.4 - 2.0), then the ISO depending on the time of day (100 for the bright daylight and higher as the light fades). Then all that remains, is to turn the shutter speed dial until the photo is exposed the way I like.
Peek at the light: watch what it does during the morning, afternoon, and evening. morning light is cool, afternoon light is bright, and evening light is golden. Cloudy light is even, with few shadows, while sunny light is direct. Shade gives your subject a nice glow because the sun shining on the area around the shade bounces up on to what or who you’re photographing.
Photograph a lot! Shoot everything in sight. Your breakfast or coffee bathed in morning light, your pet or your workspace in the afternoon (books, office/study supplies, current projects). Golden evening light shining on your favorite chair. Your quaint downtown at dusk (neon lights look best then) Sunset.
This is the first in a mini series about getting started in photography, so be on the lookout for more! I'll be sharing examples of what I listed here so you can put knowledge into practice!