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How to Get Great Pictures with a DSLR Camera

Perhaps the holidays have led you to acquire the prized possession of a DSLR camera. The only problem? You’re not exactly sure how to use it.

There are several factors that lead to producing impressive images for your friends and family to admire. Here are a few steps that will help you begin to master the use of your new device:

Understanding ISO

This is the ratio of how sensitive your camera is to various forms of lights. There are low and highly sensitive environments the change what type of exposure you will need for your picture. Low sensitivity is ISO 100 and the scale ranges to the highest sensitivity of 6400. Basically, the lower your lighting conditions the greater ISO number you will need to compensate and magnify what light you do have available. At high noon, outdoors on a gorgeous summer day you are fine with a lower 100 ISO. However, if you are shooting a nighttime party or get together you will want to increase the ISO number accordingly. On average, for an event like this the ISO would be around the 3000 range.

Focus, Focus, Focus

We all know that focus is a key element to a successful picture. Knowing which options to use for stills versus actions shots is going to make a huge difference in your results. A DSLR camera has two very handy features. AF-S-autofocus-single and AF-C-autofocus-continuous. Autofocus-single is utilized for landscapes, architecture and portrait shots. Autofocus-continuous is for actions shots like sporting events, fast moving objects and busy moments with lots of movement.

Proper Framing

Here is another tidbit of information that DSLR cameras are especially useful for. While preparing to shoot your image you want to make sure it is properly framed. Too much space below or above the subject in the picture can through off the entire balance of the photo. The DSLR helps you with this by giving you a suggested framing for every image as you are taking the picture. Be conscious of the lines that appear on your device while you are preparing to shoot your images. It will give you suggestions when you are about to venture out of proportion.

Learn to Edit As You Go

Yes, you can edit your images after you have taken them on a computer or other device but it is much easier to edit as you go. The functionality of a DSLR camera is one you should take full advantage of. Every image has a myriad of options that can be used to adjust or enhance your photo on the spot. You can change the lighting, the framing and the imperfections with a few taps of a button. Take the time to get familiar with all the editing features of your device.

Digital photography has put the potential to create beautiful, flawless images into your hands instead of having to rely on a professional. Take the time to get comfortable with your device and explore the world of options now at your fingertips!