Digital SLR Camera Settings Explained - How to use a DSLR camera
Information on how to use a digital SLR camera. DSLR settings including both manual camera settings and auto mode.
If you have just purchased your first DSLR camera or been given one as a gift, you will be looking for some good tips on how to use it. Digital SLRs are not as easy as point and shoot camera's due to them having many more settings for you to learn how to use. This website serves as a free SLR Photography Guide, helping you to better understand your digital camera's DSLR settings.Jump straight to Manual Camera Settings
The first time you try your digital SLR camera, use fully automatic settings.
If you are a beginner to SLR photography, you should simply enjoy using it and get a good feel for how to handle it. The best way to do this is to set it on fully automatic. Look for a symbol on your camera's mode dial that looks like a rectangle. When your camera is on automatic, all important settings such as ISO, Aperture and exposure are made for you, taking out the guess work.
When your camera is set on automatic, it's also recommended that your lens is set on automatic focus. That is if it has that option. If your lens has an option for automatic focus you will notice on the side of it letters AF.
Beginner Tip for focusing: Always press your shutter button half way down, then once it focuses correctly press it the rest of the way down. ie focusing and taking the shot is always a two step process.
Six automatic settings you will find on your digital SLR camera:
The following DSLR settings are found on most camera models. However, depending on your camera brand, some may not be available.
Once you have a good feel for your digital SLR camera's automatic settings, you can start learning how to use manual settings like AV and TV mode. Manual settings give you full control over your photography and the style of images you take. The following links will explain in detail how to use all manual DSLR camera settings.
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