A DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) camera uses a mirror to direct light from the camera's lens to its viewfinder. But it's not only what happens inside the camera that matters, it's what you do as the photographer that creates truly memorable photos.
Expert tip: Read the manual. It may be boring and tedious, but it helps in the long run. Play around with your camera. And remember, you can't go wrong with the auto setting until you figure out your newest addition. --Christie Clancy, clancy214photography
"I owned my DSLR camera for a year before I understood the aperture, shutter speed, exposure, ISO and white balance and how they worked together," says professional photographer Kimberly Gauthier of Kimberly Gauthier Photography .
Once she had all of the technical terms figured out, it took just one day for Gauthier to master manual shooting. "There were five steps that I followed for each shot," she explains. "I practiced them all day until [manual shooting] became second nature and my photos were good."
A bright shot of Jaffrey the cat sunbathing, for example.
Aim the camera and determine centering. Choose landscape or portrait. Check out the background and foreground.
Expert tip: Have fun and get your kids to move around, not just sit... sometimes the best shots are the candid ones where laughter takes over and their little personalities shine through. --Michelle Ciarlo-Hayes, MKCPhotography.com
"Shoot every day," says Dustin Bryson of ShootLove.com, "and don't be afraid to push buttons, turn knobs and remove lenses."
Expert tip: Start by playing with the half-automatic/half-manual settings. The AV mode, for example, lets you control the aperture while the camera selects your shutter speed. The TV setting is vice-versa. –Elizabeth Sypa, Sypa Photography on Facebook
Check out your photos and note the adjustments you need to make next time.
Expert tip: Back up! The resolution on today's DSLR cameras is so good you can always zoom in and crop in post. But you can't add the top of someone's head or foot if you accidentally cut that off. --Bryson
There was one advantage to storing photos in a shoebox: you didn't have to worry about a computer crash wiping them out!
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