Tip: Know your Camera

You need to “Know you Camera” before adding any gear to it. And for beginners that would also mean before you add any lens other than the Kit lens.

Too often beginner photographers, as well as those with some experience, will pull the camera out of the box, throw on a lens and go out to shot. That’s not the first thing to do.

The first thing is to read the manual. And not just parts of it. Read it from front to back.

Once you read it, then take the camera in hand and go to the parts you want to get to know first. It’s not all you need to do with the camera and manual, but it’s a start. Once you get familiar with the ones that seem important to you, get to know and understand the rest.

The best way to get the photo you want is to know what your camera can do and how to do it.

Once you get to know the ins and outs of your camera, then go out with your kit lens and take pictures. Learn about focusing, depth of field, and how the light reacts with your f-stops, aperture and ISO.

Only then can you do research on what lens you may want to add to your collection.

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