Jump to section
Using a digital SLRA digital SLR camera is a wonderful tool. In the hands of a master photographer, it can produce magnificent works of colour and composition. However, if you don't take the time to truly understand the camera and its capabilities it can just end up as an expensive toy.
Like any good tool, you need to find out more about your dSLR in order to use it to its fullest. Getting familiar with your camera is important, especially with the fine-tuning and accuracy that a dSLR is capable of. dSLR technology and terminology are also very different from conventional digital cameras, building on what is usually automated there and taking it a step further.
While all dSLRs boast some form of automation, such as the Basic Zone exposure modes (including a full Auto option where almost all settings are determined by the camera) and the usual Program (P) Auto exposure mode, it's best to understand what the modes actually control and what settings are best used for which situations.
With this knowledge at your fingertips, it makes it that much easier to get the effect and result you want. Above all: Practice, practice, practice!