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Digital Camera Quick Guide - The Basic Operations To Help You Get Started

Author : Tabitha W Mwendo

Starting to use your Camera: Digital cameras are controlled in the same way as a traditional film camera but can also do so much more. Here is a quick guide to the basic operations to help you get started.

Inserting the Batteries

Digital cameras are powered by electricity and so first, you will have to insert the batteries. Over 60% of all digital cameras use AA batteries, but some models use AAA. Cameras that use rechargeable battery packs will come with a changer when you buy them. Charging the battery takes a couple of hours, but they should be fully changed before you begin. Once the batteries are inserted, you can turn the camera on using the on/off switch.

Inserting Memory Cards

Your memory card can only be inserted one way into the special slot on the camera. Once the memory card is inserted, you're ready to start shooting.

Shooting Controls

The controls that actually allow you to take a photo are the shutters button, and the 'mode'`dial. The former is the most important button on the camera as it allows you to focus and fires the shutter, taking the pictures. The latter is used to access different shooting functions, to change between playback and picture taking, and to set scene modes.

Using Scene Modes

Scene modes automatically set the camera up for specific shooting situations and are indicated by small icons on the mode dial or in the on-screen menus, or sometimes both, depending on the camera. Expect to find portrait, landscape, sport and night settings, although some digital cameras have many more. When you select the mode that matches your shot (portrait mode for a portrait and so on), the camera does almost all the work for you.

Other Controls Buttons

Other buttons provide control over various functions of your digital camera including the menu, activating the flash, turning the screen on and off, and activating the self-timer.

Using Menus

The menus, which appear on your camera screen, might look daunting at first, but they provide you with a step-by-step series of options for setting the camera up. From changing the date, choosing resolution, or adjusting the brightness of screen, menus are the heart of your digital camera's settings.

Built-In Flash

The flash lets you add extra, artificial light to a scene that would otherwise be too dark to take a good photo. It can be set automatically or you can manually select it to flash for a particular shot. Additionally, you can use the flash to lift, or fill-in, shadows and it also helps prevent unwanted silhouettes if the background is very bright.

Movies and Audio Functions

Most digital cameras have movies modes and other functions such as audio clip capture. Movies mode allows you to shoot 'moving picture' clip from a few minutes, or until the memory card is full. Audio capture can be used add short commentary or ambient sounds to your photos.

Connecting Your Digital Camera to a PC or TV

Digital cameras are supplied with a cables need to connect them to PC or TV. Connected to a television, you'll be able to display your photos on the TV screen directly from the camera. Connected to a PC, you can save your images to a CD or make a slide show as will all be explained latter.

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Tags:   Digital cameras, traditional film camera, Inserting Memory Cards, Digital Camera to a PC, Digital Camera to a TV, digital photography tutorial, Built-In Flash, digital camera's settings

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