Learn the fundamentals of Canon DSLR photography in half a day with our guide.
Words: James Paterson Illustrations: Andy McLaughlin
One of the most enticing things about photography is that it’s such an easy hobby to start. Yet it offers untold depth to those who choose to look for it. Anybody can take a picture, and almost everybody you know has a camera. But just a little extra knowledge is all it takes to separate the real Canon DSLR enthusiast from the occasional snapper.
The Canon Crash Course we’ve lined up for you over the following pages puts the focus on the fundamental aspects of photography that matter most. Dive in!
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There’s a common misconception that learning to shoot in manual is the key that will unlock the door to more professional-looking images. In reality, most pros work in aperture-priority mode for the majority of the time.
The difference between manual and the semi-automatic modes (aperture-priority and shutter-priority) is that the latter balances the exposure for you by taking control of one of the three exposure variables. In other words, in shutter-priority, you control shutter speed and ISO, and the camera balances the exposure with the correct aperture. This tends to be a faster way of working, and you can easily use exposure compensation to brighten or darken the shot if desired. You also don’t need to worry about tending to your settings every time you recompose slightly – the camera will make sure your exposure is always correct, even if the light intensity changes. However, unlike in manual, the camera will judge the exposure every time you press the shutter, which isn’t always ideal. Below are three shooting situations when manual is the best option. Or, if you feel more comfortable working in a different mode, stick to it.
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Should I shoot manual?
from Practical Photography magazine
Master Your Camera Now! Get to know your camera and what it has to offer – and start taking your best shots ever!
Nothing beats the feeling you get when all the elements in front of your camera come together in perfect harmony, and create the perfect image.With all the right settings in place, reviewing that once-in-a-lifetime shot on the rear screen can give you a real buzz. All because of a little luck, and an understanding of what settings are needed for different situations.
If you’re new to photography, or if you simply want to brush up on a few skills, you’re in the right place. We’re going to take you through everything you need to know to immediately start taking better photos. By the time you’ve finished reading, your photography skills will be ready for anything.
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Master Your Camera
Your complete guide to the basics by James Abbott
Peter Gray explains how metering modes control how your DSLR dictates exposure.
Metering is how your camera measures the brightness of a scene before you take a shot, and can have a significant effect on the exposure of your images.
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Raised amongst Utah’s Wasatch Mountains, internationally acclaimed photographer Adam Barker has a passion for photography matched only by his zest for life. Known for bold landscape and active lifestyle imagery, his love affair with exceptional imagery has translated into stirring editorial work for Outdoor Photographer, Skiing, Ski, Powder, Men’s Journal, Outside, Fitness, The Drake, Mountain Magazine, and many more publications. He has drawn praise for his teaching style at workshops both domestic and abroad, and has drawn similar accord for his instructional DVDs.