Photography Tips: Relearning to use your camera

///Photography Tips: Relearning to use your camera

Some quick photography tips: Relearning to use your camera after a break.

How many times have you gone out to make images and end up spending the better part of your time relearning how your camera works?

  • Pick up your camera, whenever you can.

While sitting watching television or similar, pick up your camera play with the settings and features of the camera until they become second nature.

One of the most common aspects about photographers that don’t get to shoot regularly is when they do go out; they have to relearn how to use the cameras features because they have forgotten how to use the camera. You need to have the controls become second nature and that only happens from practice.

  • Check all your equipment before heading out the door.

Check that your batteries are fully charged, you have your memory cards, and your lenses are clean. It’s amazing how often you see a photographer standing around scratching their head because they left something at home because they forgot to check their gear before leaving home.

  • Shot RAW and Expose to the right.

If you shoot RAW (which I recommend) you will gain the most flexibility when it comes time to process you images in the digital darkroom. RAW also is more forgiving with small errors of exposure when you made your image.

When using RAW, you want to expose to the right, this means having your histogram showing image data as far to the right as possible without blocking or cutting off details. This ensures you will capture the most detail you can in your image file. It is very hard to recover “blown” highlights but you can recover some detail from shadows in post production.

  • Slow down and use your eyes and mind before getting your gear out.

How many times have you seen someone walk up to a subject and just snap away? This is one of the worst situations if you want to improve as a photographer. Look at your subject; where is the light coming from? Is it the best specimen to use as your subject? What angle would suit the subject best, not what suits you? Is there something in the background spoiling your composition? What lens focal length is best suited?

These are all questions you should ask yourself before you pull your camera out. This can only be completed if you slow down and think about what you are doing. Think about the photographic process and what you need to do to capture your vision.

  • Use a tripod as often as you can.

You will greatly improve your “keepers” by using a tripod. It gives you the opportunity to repeat your shots without changing the composition, a tripod will give you sharper images, and it will enable you to undertake panorama shots or bracketing exposures.

I hope you enjoyed these quick photography tips. Don’t forget to check for more tips in the future. Please share using the features below or leave your comments if you liked these photography tips.


  1. Christine Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 at 6:09 pm - Reply

    I’ll have to remember these tips. Very helpful. Thanks

    • James Doyle Tuesday, 26 November, 2013 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      Thanks Christine glad to help! :-)

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