Digital SLR Setup : Begin Here
Most people assume that when they hand over the credit card and finally buy that amazing new digital SLR camera, that all of a sudden the quality of their pictures will jump a level or two - many people are then disappointed when their pictures look much the same as they did with their old compact camera. I’ve even met people whose pictures got worse. Don’t panic. We can fix that.
Why does that happen? Well, although taking snapshots, or snaps, has never been easier, taking real top quality photographs still requires much the same effort and knowledge it always has. However, modern DSLRs do make the technical side of taking really beautiful pictures easier than ever, just not straight out of the box, set to Program, and 100 ISO which is how they all come. Manufacturers know that most people who buy even very expensive cameras will probably only use them on bright sunny days on holiday somewhere, and they will want bright, colorful pictures, mostly of people. So that’s what the cameras are set up for. Badly, even for that I’d say.....
To get better pictures right here, right now you need to help the camera along, and you do need a little knowledge of what’s going on. Just not the 120 pages worth in the camera instruction book. Not right away anyway. So don’t give up if results are disappointing to begin with. Photography has never been so much fun, or so cheap.
What everyone seems to want when they get their new DSLR out of the box, is a quick, press that button and the pictures will be superb. The camera will do all the thinking, all you have to do is point and press. But hang on isn’t that what you’ve been doing with your compact camera, and how many masterpieces has that produced?
Yes, you can set your DSLR to Program and fire away, but if you do that, all you’ll have is a bigger, more complicated compact camera. Almost any digital SLR camera on sale today is capable of exhibition quality results, if you know how to use it.
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