Getting To Know Your Camera

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Getting To Know Your Camera. DSLRs In General. If You Have A Nikon. Most have same settings/general concepts being that they are within the same family. Controls. Playback button allows you to see the photos that you have taken. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


Getting To Know Your Camera

Getting To Know Your CameraDSLRs In General

If You Have A NikonMost have same settings/general concepts being that they are within the same family


Playback button allows you to see the photos that you have taken.

Menu button this is where you format your card, reset settings

Zoom Out/Help button zooms out of photos when in playback mode. Or offers help when a [?] is displayed

Zoom In/ Information button (there is sometimes a separate button for information depending on the camera) zooms in to photos when in playback mode. Or shows you the information & settings (shutter speed, aperature, focus mode, etc) and is where you can change them.

AE-L/AF-L button Locks your exposure (AE-L) or locks your focus (AF-L) when held down. You can change whether you want both to lock or just one in your MENU. This is good for when the camera compensates exposure for the background rather than the subject.

Dial Use to scroll through photos in playback mode, or to change your exposure & shutter speed (essentially an alternative to the multi-selector)

Multi-Selector moves around zoomed-in photos, moves around controls, and can be used to change your area of focus

Delete Button used to delete images. ** I do NOT recommend using this button to delete images. It is harmful to your memory card. You are better off to reformat you card in the MENU (but this will delete ALL images)**MENU

Here you can control everything-sounds your camera makes-rotating photos-formatting memory card*-revert to default settings-white balance-ISO sensitivity-timer/remote shooting

Mode Dial

P, S, A, & M Modes P Programmed: Camera sets shutter speed & aperture for best results (good for when you dont have a lot of time to set up)S Shutter-Priority: You pick the shutter speed & the camera picks the apertureA Aperture-Priority: You pick aperture & camera picks shutter speed (use to blur background or to make both foreground & background in focus)M Manual: You select the shutter speed, then press the +/- button and change the aperture.

Auto Mode- With Flash: camera chooses all settings & the flash will fire

Auto Mode Without Flash: same, but without the flash firing.*On some cameras, there will be a GUIDE dial between the P and the Auto. The GUIDE is key for set up, because here you can change your file size, see how many photos you have remaining, etc.

Portrait use for portraits with soft, natural tones

Landscape vivid landscape shots in daylight

Child snapshots of active children. Brightens clothing & background while keeping skin tones soft

Sports Fast shutter speeds to freeze motion

Close-Up close up of small objects, flowers, etc.

Night Portrait creates a balance between subject & background in low light

Info Display

Shooting Mode

Aperture Display This is what your lens actually looks like. Shows how much light you are letting in

AF-Area Mode- Auto-focus. Where is is focusing. Change with the multi-selector.*This may be displayed above your shutter speed/aperture depending on the camera.


Flash mode

Flash Compensation you can change how bright/strong your flash is

Exposure Compensation changes how bright/dark photo is. Positive comp. is good for when subject is darker than background. Negative comp. is good for when subject is brighter.

Image Quality

Image Size

White Balance

ISO Sensitivity

Focus Mode Manual, Auto

AF-Area Mode normal, wide, you choose, tracking, etc.

Metering determines where the camera determines the exposure from.

Movie Frame Size

Frames Remaining

If You Have A CanonControls generally have same functions, but they look different, are in different spots, or can do more/less with that function

Back Controls

Top Controls