Looking for some real DSLR tips and tricks? I’ve been a photographer for almost 15 years, and while I was young (in fact, my first digital camera cost me under $100), I’ve always found the newest and best technology to be fascinating. I’m constantly trying out new things to make my photography better. Recently, I decided to upgrade my photography equipment, and when I did so, I also purchased a high-end compact camera as well. I was excited to get both of these pieces of equipment because they are among the most high-tech, sophisticated, and customizable pieces of equipment available on the market today. Between the lenses, batteries, and memory cards that I now have, taking the perfect pictures has never been more enjoyable or important to me.
One of the most important DSLR tips and tricks that I have is to experiment with the camera settings. As a photographer, one of the most frustrating things to have to deal with is seeing images that don’t come out the way that you want them to because of a minor mistake in the exposure or other elements of the picture. Because DSLRs are so responsive and because they let you experiment with different settings without affecting the results too greatly, I have learned a lot by doing this. For example, many people will tell you to use manual mode while taking photos outdoors, but I’ve learned that I can take pictures in manual mode much more effectively if I leave the aperture and shutter speed alone. I use these two settings most of the time when I take pictures outdoors, and they have never caused my pictures to look any worse than they would if I hadn’t done these alterations.
Another one of my favorite DSLR tips and tricks that I like to use is to compose the image before shooting it. Some photographers get so frustrated with their photographs that they just take the very first photo without having a plan for where the next shot should go. However, by planning out where you want to place each frame of your photo, you are making it easier for yourself to compose the image as you are taking the picture. As a result, I get more satisfaction from my photography than from simply getting the camera out and taking the pictures. I feel that by planning my shots and composition before I begin to photograph, I am much more confident about the images that I take and that makes for some very beautiful photographs.