Let’s get started with the 1st lesson of this Beginner Photography E-Course. My goal through this tutorial series is to teach you how to take better photos.

Getting good photos is a far long process rather then simply pressing the shutter button and your camera is simply a tool to create a photograph. This tool (camera) which you might be already having in your camera bag is far more powerful than what you expect. And capable of creating amazing images, but only if you learn to use it properly.

The first step to learn it is by understanding how a camera works and must learn all settings on your camera.

Where to find those things? In Camera User Manual

Reading a camera owners manual is a painfully arduous, but necessary task. It really is the best place to start.

If you lost your manual, see if you can buy a replacement from the manufacturer or possibly a digital copy like pdf or on manufacturers application.

Camera user and owner’s manuals do a respectable job of telling you how to turn on and use various features and settings. But they fall short of telling you when, where, how and why you can or should use specific features.

So we will learn them in next lessons.

Assignment:

Your first assignment is to know your camera inside-out. Understand how to operate your camera and finding all available setting options which will help you to master operating the camera.

Go to your camera manual and find from where you can change below settings:

  • How to change shooting mode (AV/TV/P/Manual)
  • From where you can change ISO, Shutter-speed and Aperture
  • Exposure Metering modes (Spot/center/pattern)
  • Focus modes (Single, continuous, 3D…)
  • Exposure Compensation
  • Flash Compensation

Extra Tip:

One way to get a sense of your camera’s capabilities is to check out images on Flickr taken by a specific model. Search for your camera model and you’ll probably see thousands of images taken by both amateur and professional photographers alike. Most photographers will also display EXIF data. Exif data are the settings used on a specific photography. This information is embedded into the file for each image and can be automatically displayed.

This is especially helpful if you see an image you like and want to know what settings the photographer used.

You can check EXIF details of almost all of my images on my Flickr profile.