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Do You Really Know Everything About Your DSLR?

Do You Really Know Everything About Your DSLR?

Most people know the basic ins and outs of DSLR cameras and are able to take great still shots and videos.  However, many are totally unaware of some of the other features that are on DSLR cameras that allow for you to take amazing photos and videos instead of just great ones. bw Leveling Guide The in-camera leveling guide in the viewfinder allows for you to find the horizon when shooting landscapes or squaring up architectural shots.  Some cameras even have a level for pitch axis, which is the up/down tilt.  This function is extremely useful for handheld shots. roses Voice Memos Have you always wondered what the microphone is for on the back of your DSLR camera like the one on this Canon EOS from  It is there to help you with your note taking skills.  This microphone allows you to eliminate the need to carry a notebook around to document your photos.  Instead, you can record names of people and places and add a voice clip and embed it in the image file. canon105 Time-Lapse These days, creating time-lapse videos from still shots is gaining popularity.  So more and more DSLR cameras are including built-in intervalometers allowing you to create your own video clips.  Just make sure your camera’s battery is fully charged, or use an AC adaptor, before attempting a long sequence of shots Filter Effects We know the DSLR cameras come with a multitude of filter effects.  We also know that some of these filters can be a little over the top or even cheesy.  However, many of them can add quite the creative touch to your photos as will as be extremely helpful with some problem areas when shooting.  Soft Focus can help when you are photographing a subject with a challenging complexion.  Fisheye effect and miniature effect will add some pizzazz to your cityscape shots when missing the proper lenses to help.  The pastel or watercolor effects will help to tone down the harsh midday light when shooting outside.  Shooting in the monochrome rendition by setting JPEG capture to b&w and use red, green or yellow filters to alter tone and create a uniquely stunning photograph. orange Dynamic Range Extenders While most cameras have their own name for this function, the purpose remains the same.  The newer versions of DSLR cameras have this shadow-highlight optimizing capability of gaining up the shadows without having to boost the highlights.  This Nikon D810A Digital SLR camera from has incredible dynamic range and rich tonality. wide Flash Compensation This feature is useful when you have to use the pop-up flash on your DSLR.  The camera will decide how much flash output is needed, and then you can set the camera to give either more or less power to the flash depending on the look you are going for in your shot.  Using flash compensation allows you to control how much flash you use resulting in better pictures. whitef Depth of Field What you see isn’t always what you get when you look through your viewfinder.  Your camera doesn’t apply many of your chosen your settings until you actually snap the picture.  In order for you to see what the picture will really look like after taken, you need to use the Depth–of-Field preview to see what you’re truly getting.  This is achieved by pressing the button on the front of your camera beside the lens.  Your viewfinder will appear to be a little darker as it adjusts, but you will be able to see what you’ll get through the viewfinder before you snap the photo. green Back Button Focus Holding your shutter halfway engages your DSLR camera’s autofocus.  But sometimes you may need to focus faster and even more precisely.  This can be achieved by pressing a button on the back of your camera to engage autofocus and use the shutter only for snapping the picture.  This will prevent your camera from refocusing every time you press the shutter.  This is helpful when wanting to maintain the same focal point even when people may walk in front of you in the middle of your photo shoot, or you are shooting in a studio setting. Live View DSLR cameras that support the Live View function allow you to use the LCD as a bigger viewfinder or viewing screen.  The focusing isn’t quite as fast as it is through the viewfinder and it does tend to drain the batteries much faster than just using the viewfinder.  However, using Live View shows 100% of the scene and allows you to get a more realistic look at what the resulting image will look like even when you are shooting in black & white mode. The best way to dig deeper into your DSLR camera’s capabilities is to read the instruction manual starting from the back of the book.   The most interesting information is in the custom-function tables and appendixes in the back of the book.
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