As soon as you open the box, you should charge the battery.
Most cameras offer a special charger where you insert a battery. Some also allow you to charge the battery via USB connection. To know for sure, carefully read the instructions.
All necessary cables or a charger should be available in the box with a camera.
Tip #2: Format Your Memory Card
As soon as the battery is charged, insert the memory card into the special compartment provided for it.
(Just so you know, the card must be purchased separately, according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. Once again, read the instructions manual.)
Then turn on the camera, find the menu and then the format function.
Note that when formatting, the card is being prepared for use and all existing images are deleted from it. This being said, if you used the card before, be sure to download any images you want to save.
If your camera allows you to shoot RAW files, then you can take advantage of this feature, since RAW files contain the largest amount of image data.
But don’t forget that you’ll have to process RAW images in an editor (which requires some knowledge) and convert them into a universal format – TIFF or JPEG.
Only then can you share them with friends and family.
If you are new to photography, don’t just shoot RAW only. Instead take photos simultaneously with the JPEG format. This option will be useful to you when you gain some experience and start processing your photo archive.
When you just start out, I recommend you use the matrix/evaluative metering (which is the default mode in most DSLRs).
Basically this metering mode divides the scene up into zones and analyzes each zone for highlight and shadow. It then takes an average for all the zones and determines the exposure based on that figure.
This means you’ll have a beautiful, pretty well-balanced picture.
And as you become more experienced, you’ll start using all three modes, depending on the tasks for shooting.
Stabilization works by shifting the sensor or elements inside the lens to compensate for camera shake. As a rule, the stabilization system is very effective and allows you to use a longer shutter speed.
If it’s a handheld shooting that you do, then by all means activate image stabilization. But when you use a tripod, turn it off.
#Tip 10: Color Space
Most cameras offer 2 color spaces to choose from: sRGB and Adobe RGB. Adobe RGB has a larger color range than sRGB. Therefore, it will be the best option in most cases.
Here’sthe resource to understand this topic better.
#Tip 11: Picture Control Modes
You may be aware that most DSLRs can process images in a number of different ways. It can be using the “Picture Style” functions, picture control mode, color modes, or film simulation.
As a rule, there are several options available.
One produces black and white images, the other boosts saturation to make the image more vivid, the “landscape” enhances blue and green, and so forth.
By default, the camera uses the “standard” mode, which is usually suitable for most photography situations, so make sure that it is on.
And the rest of the effects you can easily get in a graphics editor during the photo processing that follows.
#Tip 12: Basic Exposure Modes: P, S, A, M
Many beginner photographer just set their new camera to Auto mode, thinking it’ll do all the job for them. And that’s a mistake.
It’s important that you understand and use the creative modes right away. First things first: