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Landscape and Nature Fine Art Photography by Canadian artist, Tricia McLellan.

Tips

Amateur Photography Tip #1

19 05.10

READ THE MANUAL!!

I can’t emphasize this enough. I know what you’re going to say… you can operate many types of electronics and you don’t need to read a manual. If you want to improve your photographic abilities or, at the very least, take the best pictures you can, you need to know what the camera will do. I’ll take this one step further. If you are in the market for a new camera, determine what you want to be able to do with it now and in the near future, then think about the price, brand and features. Trying to chose a specific camera is a whole other topic.

Okay, so you have a camera and now you want to start clicking away. There’s nothing wrong with the automatic settings. As a matter of fact, the automatic settings are becoming quite advanced, but they aren’t good for every situation. That’s why camera manufacturers have created the manual shooting settings. Surprisingly enough, the instruction booklet will not only tell you how to select these settings on your particular camera, but it will also tell you the situations in which you should use them.

I’ll say it again, if you want to take better pictures, understand your equipment. Read the manual! Go on, do it now, get it over with. You’ll feel better.

1 Comments
Tricia McLellan 12:35:02, 01/07/10

I like to carry my camera manuals with me whenever possible. You may just want to try something new and with the manual in hand you’ll know exactly how to setup the camera!!

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