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.
If you own a DSLR camera, figure out how to turn it onto manual mode, usually turning it to "M" on your dial.
Become familiar with Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO.
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.