Some tips and tricks for the new photographer

Buying a new camera fun and yes it takes alot of reasearch and money but understanding how to really use it is the most important thing to do once you have that item.

Just got a new DSLR or mirrorless camera? Congrats! it’s so exciting, but a little daunting, right? So, we put together a few helpful hints to get new photographers like you started.

Read your manual

Firstly, read your manual. Dry dusty stuff we know, but also a lot of valuable information. Have it with you and your camera, and play with the settings as you read the manual. Also, download it and keep a copy on your smartphone while you’re out and about. Very handy.

Update your firmware/software

While you have only just opened the box, chances are your camera may already need an update. It’s not as scary as it seems and it’s worth checking your manufacturer’s website to see if there is an update for your camera model. If you’ve got a Sony you might find this article helpful.

Some things to consider when setting up your camera

Depending on your make and model there are often various things to set up on your camera. While this article was written for the Sony a7RIII there are still some very helpful ideas in general and with a little research, you can most of these up on any camera.

Learn the basics

Get confused between your aperture and your ISO? Check out this fabulous article by Jemma Pollari, covering camera basics, new camera, now what. There are also some very helpful videos on Youtube and don’t forget our amazing Photofocus Community.

Then there are the accessories

Then there are the accessories, so many to choose from, but you don’t need them all. If you want to capture a wider area, you will need a Hi Rise Camera. Here are just a few Really helpful ones I wish I knew when I first got started.

Perhaps your camera isn’t Brand NEW?

There is nothing wrong with a really good second-hand camera, places like MPB is a terrific place to buy (and sell) camera gear. Just because your camera is a little older and perhaps has a few use marks, doesn’t mean your images won’t be amazing. In fact, there are a lot of benefits to buying second-hand. And the cost is just one of them.

So now what?

Get out there and enjoy your new toys, take photos, practice, learn and then practice some more. And don’t be afraid to ask lots and lots of questions. That’s HOW we all started. I hope these tips and tricks for a new photographer have been helpful.

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Adam Regan
Adam Regan
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Features and account management. 3 years media experience. Previously covered features for online and print editions.


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