As bloggers, parents, or just average air breathing humans, most of us want to know how to take amazing pictures and record our lives in a beautiful way. Many of us even have nice DSLR cameras and decent equiptment that should help us do this... but do we actually know what to do with this expensive stuff once we have it? The short answer is no. The long answer is also no...just in case you were wondering. But where do we begin? There are hundreds of books on the market, and dozens of costly classes we can sign up for, and if one were so inclined there are quite literally hours upon hours we could dedicate to 'figuring' out how to apply those lessons 'in real life'. Who actually has the time for this? Not I said the baby bump rockin mama, who is already mentally planning out the most glorious newborn photos to be found. Definitely not I said the mama to a preschooler who won't sit still for half a second to even let me consider fabulous holiday photographs to send to family and friends (for those of you still waiting for my first baby's birth announcements to arrive, you can pretty much assume it's not happening...lack of free time and proper restraints for my child and all that).
So, I thought I might help us all out by rounding up some of the fab freebies available on the interwebs that teach us the basics in a simple and easy to understand manner.
Once we tackle some of these begginer tutorials, I will round up some more advanced (but still beginner) projects for us to try! Can I get a yahoo? yahoo...
First things first, we need to get a good handle on all of the pretty buttons our cameras have and what they do. The tutorial below is a great place to begin and will give you the lowdown on the most important features you need to pay attention to.
Once you have read through the article above, I recommend a quick read through the article below for some basic reminders and things to consider before you begin and while you are shooting. Some of these won't make a lick of sense to you yet (not to worry, we will get there) and others are so basic they bring about that sense of 'inner duh' that you might have overlooked otherwise (like the camera level for example).
The article below is a fabulous list of things to keep in mind while getting to know your camera and learning to shoot. The perfect list of tips to help you cut through the crap and find the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!
Once we have covered those few important key ingredients above we can dive into several of the topics with a bit more depth. Below I have outlined a number tutorials by subject matter. I hate to break it to you, but for this roundup most of the info is technical in nature. That's just the way it is while we are attempting to figure out how to use those fancy buttons. The next roundup will be a bit more fun, promise... But first let's get to know our cameras a bit more, shall we?
Handling and Caring for a DSLR Camera
- How to Hold a Digital Camera
- Shutter Release Technique
- How to Clean a DSLR Lens
- Looking After your Camera
The Basics of Exposure
- Learning about Exposure - The Exposure Triangle
- Understanding Exposure
- Introduction to ISO in Digital Photography
- Introduction to Shutter Speed in Digital Photography
- Introduction to Aperature in Digital Photogrpahy
Learning to Use Digital Camera Settings and Features
- Aperture and Shutter Priority Modes
- Introduction to White Balance
- Introduction to Digital Camera Modes
- Understanding Histograms
- What is a Histogram: How to Avoid Poor Exposures
- Understanding Histograms: Tones and Contrast
- Prefocus to Combat Shutter Lag
- Introduction to EXIF Data
- Automatic Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
Tips, Tricks and Techniques