Different Ways To Educate Yourself On Using Your DSLR
Article by My Best DSLR Camera
For whatever reason, you’ve decided to move beyond your point-and-shoot camera into the world of high-quality photography by means of a DSLR camera. You have your new DSLR camera, or at least one in mind, and your long-term goals are already set, but where do you go from here? A DSLR camera is much more difficult to use, at least initially, than a basic P&S camera and this largely has to do with the many variables involved- understanding ISO and how to adjust it, working with filters, working with lens and even the basic mechanics and rules to getting the best shots.
There are many ways to learn how to use your camera, and what you choose will largely depend on your own budget, long-term goals and how you best learn. For example, cameras such as the Nikon D3000 and D3001 have a “GUIDE” feature that simplifies the DSLR at first, acting as a sort of training wheels, and also gives you guidance and general information on how to take certain shots in different lightening, adjusting ISO and more. This might be enough for a self-motivated DO-IT-YOURSELFer. For those that prefer a more hands on approach or direct coaching? There are perhaps methods that might work better than this.
If you learn well by reading, consider many of the great e-books, full published books and magazines out there that offer basics on understanding the art of photography and even adjusting settings and features for different types of shots. This is probably one of the most cost effective ways to dive head-first into learning. Remember that not all book-based courses are created equal though. Do research and read reviews before committing to the purchase of a particular program.
There are also many resources online that offer advanced lessons on Photography through a special membership system. These types of sites have direct “ask a professional” spots on the page, articles about different settings and many other types of resources to advance your abilities as a new photographer. Some of these sites even offer a free tips section, for those that are more cash-strapped, and there are also some very good small photography websites and blogs that can offer up general advance that will aide you on your journey to taking better pictures.
If none of these methods seem right for you, there are classes or even photography groups in many of the bigger cities in the US, Europe and other parts of the world. These classes and groups will put you in with other would-be photographers and give you hands-on training, skills and even settings information that will help you learn how to best use your new DSLR camera. Keep in mind that this more traditional in-class method is also likely to be the most expensive method.
As you can see, there are many different ways to expand your knowledge over the art of photography and even help you directly learn how to use your specific camera. Regardless of which path you choose, you’ve already invested a good deal in your DSLR, why not take things a step forward and truly make the most of your camera.