Learn Your DSLR Camera Functions

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Some PHLbloggers braved the cold in February to attend a photography workshop on understanding DSLR functions and manual mode. Julia of Philly with a Fjallraven ran the workshop and went over camera terms like shutter speed and f-stop and showed how to use them in manual mode to take the best photos. She demonstrated where to find and change the different manual modes on DSLRs, and the bloggers practiced on their own cameras. Here are some tips for learning how to use a DSLR.

Read your camera manual and become comfortable with your camera

All cameras are made differently, and buttons and features can be in completely different spots depending on the brand and type of camera. Become comfortable with your camera and learn where all the different functions are before anything else.

Understand the different manual modes

Using manual modes gives you the most control over what your photo will look like. Using Auto mode isn’t always a bad thing, but it doesn’t work as well for very bright places or very dark places. Your photo could end up very under or overexposed. Learning about f-stop, shutter speed, and ISO will help you set up your camera to take better photos.

Practice makes perfect

Manual mode isn’t the easiest thing to understand, and you just have to keep practicing in different lighting environments to improve your photography skills. Use the same f-stop and shutter speed in a dark area and a bright area to see how they affect a photo. Take photos of moving objects and photos of flatlays to see how you need to adjust your shutter speed. The more you practice, the easier it gets.

After reviewing all the different functions and modes on DSLRs, the bloggers went to Fitler Square to practice taking photos with Julia’s guidance. Since it was a sunny day, the bloggers were able to test how to change the modes to get the best picture in direct sunlight and in the shadows.

If you’re interested in learning how to use your camera to improve your photos, you can check out Julia’s online photography course.

Chrystina Cappello