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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

First things first with a NEW camera or lens

Updated: Oct 2, 2023

If you have a new camera or lens, you might be eager to start taking photos right away. But before you do that, there are some important things you should learn about your equipment. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your new gear.

- Read the manual. This might sound boring, but it's the best way to learn about the features and functions of your camera and lens. You might discover some hidden settings or modes that can improve your photography. You can also find out how to take care of your equipment and avoid common problems.

- Test different settings. Don't just stick to the default or automatic settings. Experiment with different aperture, shutter speed, ISO, white balance, and focus options. See how they affect the exposure, sharpness, colour, and depth of field of your photos. You can also try different shooting modes, such as portrait, landscape, macro, or sports.

- Learn about the focal length. The focal length of your lens determines how much of the scene you can capture and how it appears in your photo. A wide-angle lens (such as 18mm) can fit more of the scene in the frame, but it can also distort the perspective and make objects appear farther apart. A telephoto lens (such as 200mm) can zoom in on distant subjects, but it can also compress the perspective and make objects appear closer together. A normal lens (such as 50mm) can produce a natural and realistic view of the scene.

- Practice with different subjects and situations. The best way to learn is by doing. Try to take photos of different subjects and situations, such as people, animals, landscapes, architecture, or events. See how your camera and lens perform in different lighting conditions, such as bright sunlight, cloudy sky, or artificial light. Challenge yourself to capture different moods, emotions, or stories with your photos.

- Have fun and be creative. Don't be afraid to experiment and try new things. You might find some unexpected results or discover your own style. Remember that photography is an art form and a way of expressing yourself. Enjoy the process and have fun with your new camera and lens.

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