Filed in Shoot by on December 7, 2012


Learning to use a digital camera to take pictures can be very simple. The program setting and other pre-set modes for special shooting situations like parties, bight sun or sports makes it easy to take pictures technically good enough for most casual users. If people get interested in photography and want more control over how the camera works, there are modes such as shutter priority or aperture priority that can open new opportunities for creative expression.

The shift from film to digital photography has made it much easier to learn some of the basic principles of exposure, depth of field and effects of different shutter speeds because we can instantly view the results of changes in camera settings. This is one of the technical advantages that has attracted people to digital photography. For those who are looking to advance their skills beyond the basics, there are many things to learn.

My approach to learning and teaching skills that go beyond basic camera operation centers on the idea that isolated tips and bits of information can have more value if they are placed in a simple framework that reinforces the relationship between the technical and aesthetic aspects of the discipline as they support the expression of a personal vision.

Think about how long it actually takes to capture an image, basically an instant to push a button. But we know there is more to digital photography than just pushing the button. We become engaged in a process that causes us to keenly observe a person, place of thing and then try and capture what we consider to be the essence of the subject. This process involves making a variety of technical and aesthetic decisions we hope yield an image that represents our vision, feelings or thoughts about the subject.

All of the technical camera settings, various lenses and numerous accessories used while shooting pictures can be selected based on how they help the photographer better execute their vision. Thinking about the shooting process in this way can guide us when it comes to purchasing and using our equipment.

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