Taking your Photography to the next level.

Here are some tips to get you started on your DSLR camera. Having an auto mode and a bunch of presets is nice and can help you begin to understand different settings, however, manual mode allows for more creative advantages. Below I will list some steps that will help you step up your photography game. Later on in this blog series, I will add more tips and expand on lenses, bodies, brands, equipment and software.

Step One:

If you own a DSLR camera, figure out how to turn it onto manual mode, usually turning it to "M" on your dial.

Step Two:

Become familiar with Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.

Step Three:

Be aware that most cameras come with a Light Meter through the lens; it usually appears on a screen. There are 3 different metering modes (I will expand on this at a later date) - on my d750 model camera, it appears with the other information on the top screen or you can utilize the viewfinder.

Just being aware of this information is a good start.

This diagram is a useful representation of the exposure triangle. Source: http://www.photoaxe.com/exposure-triangle-explained-the-relation-between-aperture-shutter-speed-and-iso/

In the following weeks, I will go into more depth about aperture and depth of field, shutter speed and motion blur, and ISO and noise/lights sensitivity.

 

-Mitch