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Beginner photography guide is full of photography tips and detailed, easy to understand, explanations.
Is a new camera really exciting until you unpack the box and take a second look at everything?
Does it feel like looking for a secret compartment as you discover where to load the battery and the memory card in your new camera?
It's easy to feel overwhelmed and excited at the same time, isn't it?
And then there are all of those buttons and dials - how will you ever figure it all out?
As if that's not enough you may hear people throwing around photography terms such as digital SLR, or DSLR.
So to add to the confusion you may now wonder "what does SLR mean?"
The good new is Beginner Photography Guide is here to help!
Just in case you temporarily need my assurance please know that you are not alone if you're not sure where to begin.
You simply need building blocks of knowledge clearly presented and applicable to your current know how.
If you want to have fun, develop your own style and learn how to take better pictures you've come to the right place.
Beginner Photography Guide's mission is to help you easily
understand photography so that you
can be out having fun and taking great photos.
Instead of feeling frustrated you'll find all of the encouragement you need right here.
As you continually progress photography techniques will become a breeze to understand.
Do the features on your camera confuse you?
What if you could finally understand, and use with confidence, digital SLR features such as the mode dial on your camera?
It's the (up until now) mysterious dial with letters, and your camera may have little graphic images too.
And, as you may already know, you can rotate it to different positions.
Not only that, once you know what it allows you to do you can say, "goodbye "auto" mode, 'cause now I know how this works!"
Won't it be fun to amaze your family and friends as you discover easy to understand photography definitions?
I hope you're getting the message that on Beginner Photography Guide you'll find fun, friendly, been there done that, easy to understand content.
Speaking of fun...
If you think fast cars are fun just wait until you get your hands on a fast lens!
Here's something totally outlandish for you......
Even the dreaded manual will begin to make sense!
And contrary to what you may think, your camera won't self destruct if you turn dials and press buttons!
As you learn how to take good pictures having fun and building confidence in your photography taking ability will naturally unfold.
Where to begin if you're not sure where to begin.
This Navigation Bar heading (on left side of page) is about the camera.
It's designed to help you discover many things, such as formatting your memory card.
This is important to know, and do, yet it's something many aspiring photographers are not even aware of.
Speaking of getting started, here's a story I remember like it was yesterday.....
There I was, happily chatting about photography, with my first digital camera proudly in tow, where else but in Jasper Camera and Gift (Jasper National Park).
One topic led to another and out popped the comment from Ross, "just remember to format your memory card when you're done and....."
I missed the last part considering I was stuck back on "something about something memory card."
I had absolutely no idea what he just said!
Now I had a choice to make.
I could pretend I knew exactly what he meant but I highly suspected my blank look told him everything he needed to know - that I had no clue what was going on!
Or I could be brave and wade in.
"What was it that you just said?" I asked.
"Remember to format your memory card," came the reply.
"And what is that?"
"It erases the images from your memory card and...." said Ross.
Okay, so I recalled the part about erasing images but I was still confused.
However, it sounded important enough, and I was smart enough, to know that I was going to stay put and get help to figure this out.
"So, Ross, can you tell me how I do this, please?"
"I'd be happy to."
Well, that sounded easy enough!
In fact it sounded so easy I then said, "could you please do it for me?"
And that was my first ever experience in how to format my memory card!
Happily, the story ended well and formatting my memory card was something I began doing on a regular basis.
And after visiting the above page on memory card formatting you will become a pro at formatting memory cards, too.
Isn't it amazing how easy things seem when you know what you're doing?!
Beginner Photography Guide is all about helping you blast through challenges with ease, having fun, feeling great about your new found skills and taking photos you will be proud of!
What else will you find in Getting Started?
Pages for finding out all kinds of information about the buttons, dials and "what's this?" on your camera, and how to put them to good use.
For example, have you ever noticed the numbers on a SLR lens and wondered what they mean?
Getting Started will help you with this, too.
Beginning tips is about taking the photograph.
Keeping it easy, you can start with what you already know and simply expand into areas you would like to know more about.
Along the way you will discover great tips to put to use as you elevate your skills and knowledge.
Such as, by learning a few simple composition tips you'll be
looking at your subject in a whole new way, as you create stunning
Change frustration to fun and know-how!
For example, you'll find helpful tips and simple explanations for dealing with challenges such as dim light or "off white" situations.
If you've ever attempted to take photos in places such as school gymnasiums I know that you know what I'm talking about.
You get photos with a very frustrating tone of yellow, right?!
One very easy tip will help you solve this annoying problem.
Do you want to get the off automatic features but you're not sure how or why?
Beginner Photography Guide Beginning Tips will walk you through getting off auto, one easy step after another.
You can discover exposure challenge
examples, like these.
In fact, you may be thinking this bear photo, right, needs help and you're correct!
All it takes is a little knowledge and a few digital photography tips
to achieve better results, left.
Understand how to take better digital pictures and you'll see results in no time.
How to find your way - help for navigating Beginner Photography Guide website.
What if you don't know what you're looking for?
One way is to browse the Index and check out a variety of pages.
Also, believe it or not this is when your camera manual can be of help as it directs you to a specific topic.
you've had a friend mention something, or you have a question as a result of
reading an article or flipping through the camera manual and you'd like to know more.
Check for the topic in the Index, which you'll find in alphabetical order.
This is where you can easily find pages which relate to actually taking photographs.
You'll find topics such as "Composition; an introduction."
And "Camera shake; tips and techniques help."
For example, are you photographs blurry sometimes and you're not sure why?
Your first reaction may be to think you have a focusing problem but it could be that a simple case of "camera shake" is the culprit.
Index Camera refers to the camera.
You'll find topic such as "SLR; SLR or point and shoot -what's the difference."
And "Diopter; how to adjust the viewfinder diopter."
If you have a digital SLR think of the viewfinder diopter as a magic trick to help you see more clearly when looking through the viewfinder.
What if you have a compact point-and-shoot?
Some topics may not apply directly to the type of camera you have, such as the fast lens, or numbers on the lens.
However, topics such as formatting the memory card definitely apply to both compact point-and-shoot cameras as well as digital SLR cameras.
I hope you enjoy Beginner Photography Guide website and have fun learning more about photography and your camera.
I welcome your feedback, suggestions for topics and comments regarding ease, or not, of understanding the information you find on this website.
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Updates will continue to be a feature of the Beginner Photography Guide Home Page as the site progresses.
Finally, you will find tips, stories and more at Beginner Blog and you're invited to check there regularly (found at the top left corner of the page).