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Learn DSLR Basics

Care Camera Basic

If you have dslr camera and you are a beginner, do not jump to other settings if you’re not sure but first learn dslr basics and everything is fine. Some other folks use handbook as their guide before go to settings, some go to YouTube channel to watch video tutorial. But still some are not understood the whole technique handling the camera and get trouble and sometime panic when there’s urgent to shot. What are this basics that we want to look?

  • Proper handling the camera
  • Look the setting mode and lens
  • When changing lens
  • Avoid face the sun when shooting
  • Remove battery if not using the camera

Not just only practicing shooting that makes perfect, it is your imagination that makes advance in any scenario that comes. Do not focus on handling camera, use your eyes and look the surrounding area, feel the wind.

Observe around you, know the bright light or when you are in the night to perform to take a picture, more importantly in your position how you will manage when the action start. It is in your mind the right settings of your camera, relax but smart.

Proper handling the camera

Avoid Falling Camera

How to carry on your camera? what is the proper handling the camera, some users take extra bag for their camera although when you bought the camera from store sometime they include bag and sd card.

Protection is your priority to your camera, remember that it is expensive it needs care. keep in mind that you are not going to camera technician to pay after your a year warranty. Take note the two major problem and what cause of damage that you want to avoid.

  • Avoid falling down your camera
  • Avoid contaminate with water

Follow your thoughts, just like you are caring your own mobile phone. You need to care your device for this is to use for a long time not for short period of time. Remember you love it, care for it, study settings memorize the basics of numbers in the lens surface if you have your spare time.

Because time will come that when unexpected situation you need to photograph the subject that you know will fade away in seconds, it happens only once, or we called great moments so, at least you are prepared, like for example (1). A Cloud-unique forming. (2). Wild Birds beautiful colors of feathers- showing in your backyard or garden. (3). House Party- unforgettable of enjoy moments with relatives and friends.

Look the Setting mode and lens

Always look what is set in mode, manual mode or auto mode and of course the lens check also, if it is in auto focus or in manual focus. Below photo of lens you can see the A/M means, Auto/ Manual. And the lower part you can see VR with under on – off to switch. The VR, it means Vibration Reduction that you want to control either you chose to On or Off.

Lens A/M


For me, I use always to On the VR because it can avoid your photos to become blur, it is anti vibration so that even every time you take shot it maintain its clear and not blur. Often we use our hand to push the shutter button and there is tendency the camera is to shake downward at the same time you press that button without noticing yourself.

So control also your index finger to the shutter button, remember that every shutter button of digital camera has two kinds of press. Half press and Final Full press. Hey, note that if you half press the shutter button keep still a while because your lens at this time will work for auto focusing wait a second, then take your final shot.

You easily see and check on the view finder, you will notice there is a square on the center or a circle it means when you decide to shot, work your index finger on shutter button while your eyes observe inside in the view finder. Half press, hold then final shot, remember that.

When changing lens

When changing lens make sure you are in the right place, do not to remove your lens in windy situation or in dusty area. Dirt inside the camera specially in the reflex mirror is difficult to clean and there are chances you will accidentally scratch the surface.

Remove Lens

Do not remove always your lens if it is not necessary, if you attempt to change your you should be in your room or no blowing wind at your place. Better you keep the lens attach always in your camera, but if you are going to examine  what inside your camera make sure you would be careful and gently.

Did you know that the lens has already auto clean. Your dslr camera has the setting menu to auto clean your lens, so no often to remove your lens if not important. Unless you have new lens bought or because one of your favorite.

When changing the lens push the button under white dot then rotate counter clockwise till you hear a sound. Note: Face downward your camera when removing the lens, to avoid falling down unseen dusty particles. Use face mask when operating your camera for lens. If you like clean the lens use smooth cleaner kit, like this ==> Camera Lens Cleaning Kits, Click here!

Avoid face the sun when shooting

Avoid facing the sun when shooting the subject because the sun rays will reflect to the lens. And when you take a shot your picture result is over exposure. So when taking a picture of your friends, make sure that the sun is behind you and not the sun behind your friends 🙂 it’s the same.

Remove battery if not using your camera

For safety you can remove the battery from your camera to make sure the battery has no leak of liquid, some of old battery start to leak inside the camera and it could contaminate the other function.


If you have any question about learn dslr basics please leave them below and i will be more than happy to help you out.


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6 thoughts on “Learn DSLR Basics

  1. Hello there, I truly have a high interest in dslr cameras to learn more, and your article here is clear to me and easy to pick up those important things. Short and simple but straight forward and I will say very useful. Really mean a lot and to achieve that knowledge from basic learning.

    I can’t imagine how photography for this days truly not just simple skills but the creativity makes different if someone dig down is truly an art. I’m really happy about your post, thank you Ed.

  2. I greatly appreciate you have take us on a little ride through the basics on this post. This is just what I needed. I have been reading several sites and they all use a lot of technical terms right from the start that confuse me a little. In your post you keep things brief and simple. Please continue publishing content as this. I’ll follow your site.

    1. Thank you so much Ann. I am so glad that you found this brief article. I intend to highlights some important points, might easily understand for beginners especially. Although these post only additional information could help them as a new user for DSLR cameras.
      And hey, thanks for following my site. 🙂


  3. Your explanation is probably even better than having to go to the internet or YouTube to start reading or watching videos because you have explained the points very well. I think that it is nice to know the basics of handling a DSLR camera and when I eventually buy one, it wouldn’t be so hard for me to be able to manage it. Thanks!

  4. I really appreciate everything you have shared here and surely it makes quite a lot of sense here. What you shared here is definitely worthy to see considering the fact that I just got a DSLR camera as a birthday gift. Firstly, photography has been a delight for me but I have always taken pictures via my iPhone. This is surely a great one to see here. Thanks so much

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