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My DSLR Journey begins August 26, 2011

Posted by Swami in Uncategorized.

There is way too much information to digest to be an expert DSLR user. However I often feel that it is important to start off gently (even if it is not entirely accurate).  I read a few sites one site (reference below) and I think I have a good preliminary understanding of what I need to do to be a proud owner of Canon T2i (Rebel Series)

Here is what you need to know if you are a neophyte DSLR user.

There are 3 things that you need to know at least a little about – ISO Speed; Shutter Speed; Aperture (F-number)

ISO speed

Use Low Settings – in sunny conditions; if high you will see graininess
Use High Settings – in cloudy or interior (low light) conditions
What is it for?: Quality of light particles that will register
General Recommendation: go as low as you can go (100)

Shutter speed

Use Low Settings – will let a lot of light come in, this might be preferred if the object is not moving
Use High Settings – moving object photography; delivers increased sharpness even with unstable hands!
General recommendation: go as low as you can go to allow sufficient amount of light, if the object is moving use a very high shutter speed (see simulator below)

F-number (Aperture)

Low – use for portrait; the width of the “plane of focus” will cover only a small width (also referred
to as depth of field). Fewer items will be in focus, very targeted (items before and after the plane of
focus will look blurred and your object will be nicely highlighted. Plane of focus depends on where the
subject/focus is on
High – use for landscape; the width of the “plane of field” will be big. Practically everything will be in
What is it for? Targeting your vision on the focus plane
General Recommendation: Use 8 and above for landscape; use the lowest possible F-number for
portrait; Zooming in would increase your F-number

General suggestions/recommendations:

  • Use aperture priority when you are new to DSLR
  • Don’t need RAW format when you are starting out or if you don’t plan on photoshopping photos
  • Protect your sensor with your life (make sure nothing falls in there, if you want to change lenses
  • multiple times make sure you close the sensor; get the new lense; remove cap; then install lens – v.important
  • You don’t need a DSLR to test the above piece of advice http://camerasim.com/camera-simulator.html

Hat Tip: http://www.cameraporn.net/2007/12/24/aperture-iso-and-shutter-speed-the-good-kind-of-threesome/

That is all I know and frankly the only pics that I’ve shot with a DSLR was to show off my ability to spot red trucks at a distance while my friend (camera owner) was driving !



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