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So, you’ve bought a brand new Dslr, but you’re still using it on Auto mode. However, you’ve figured out that to use it to it's full potential, you will have to investigate all those other dials and buttons.

This section contains exclusive content for members only. The tutorials are for absolute beginners and for people with some knowledge of how their camera operates but haven't yet put all the pieces together and figured out how aperture, shutter speed, and ISO work together.

By following these guides, you will learn the basics of your camera and photography. You will discover how to shoot in aperture priority, shutter priority, and manual mode. You will also learn how to control your camera instead of leaving it on Auto and hoping for the best. I encourage you to try out any exercise I have included. Images are shown as examples.

Upon completion, you should be to be able to look at a scene and decide on the correct settings to use in order to capture it effectively. You will know more about the various camera controls and how to use them. You will also know some basic editing techniques and how to organise and backup your photos. At the end of each article, there is a comment box where you can ask a question. For more discussion, you can head over to the forum and start a conversion.

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Expensive gear is not required. Start your photographic journey with the equipment you can afford and don’t be tempted to spend huge amounts of money! …

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It’s very important to know how to get a correct exposure. The most common mistake new photographers make is to shoot everything using auto mode. This is great for …

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You can display a grid on the LCD monitor that will help when composing a photo using Live View. As with all camera manufacturers, these options may be in a different ...

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Photo composition describes the placement of objects within a photograph. A good composition will help to balance an image and allow the viewer to stay with …

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Although your camera has many focus points, it can only focus on a single point at a time. There will be an area that stretches in front of and behind this focus point ...

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In a previous article, we looked at depth of field and how it helps to determine what is in focus in a photo. We can use it to maximise sharpness in landscape images ...

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Pick Manual Selection and select a focus square. The centre single square is usually best for beginners. You can select a focus point using the directional selector …

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If you’re just starting out in photography, you may find these infographics from Katchup helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or ...

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Shutter speed controls how long your camera’s shutter will remain open when you click the shutter button. It is the length of time that the camera’s sensor is ...

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Photographing children playing or sports and action photography can be tricky enough. Movement is fast and unpredictable, so you don’t have much time to …

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Have you ever saw that little graph on the back of your camera when reviewing a photo – the one that looks like a mountain? That’s called a histogram ...

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ISO (pronounced eyeso) is a measurement of the sensitivity of your camera sensor to light. The sensor gathers the light that enters through the lens. The lower the ISO number ...

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Since moving off Auto mode, we have played with Aperture priority and Shutter priority. We have also seen how ISO can affect your photos. As you know, Aperture …

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After taking photos for some time, you will need to find a way to organise your ever growing collection. You may also want to preform some basic editing ...

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Your camera has a built-in meter to measure the light in a scene that helps with getting the correct exposure. It measures light in the scene and calculates ...

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Try not to get caught up with the equipment you have. Many photographers think, “If only I had this or that lens”. It’s best to remember that great images come not …

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If you’d like to bring your photography further and put what you have learned into practice, I also run workshops. Although advertised as landscape workshops ...

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When you look at the sky at night with the naked eye, you see only a fraction of the stars that are actually there. But our cameras can capture much more than ...

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Have ever saw those fantastic night sky photos and thought, “How do they do that”? If so, why not join us on a night photography workshop and learn how to …

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There are as many ways to sharpen your image as there are photographers. Over the years, I have tried most of them and after much testing I have ...

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