I Got a New Camera, Now What??? Sunday Snaps

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This is my first post of the new year, I hope that you will leave me some feedback on the post as well as some photography related topics that you would like for me to write about this year in the comments section.  I would love for you to add me as a blog you follow!

Before I get into the meat of the article, I’d like to add that I am now teaching Camera Classes in Northern Virginia.

So Santa brought you a new DSLR for Christmas…now what? 

Well… you have a beautiful new camera and there is the Auto Setting and then there is ALL of this other stuff!   The purpose of this post is to share a little bit to show you how you can use more than just the auto settings on your camera to improve your photos of your family.  Some of the links below have a lot of info in them that you may not be ready for and you will say aperture what???  But take away from it what you are ready to absorb and bookmark it for later.  Choose 1 new thing that you would like to learn and start with that.

I’ve listed a few links that I thought would be helpful to you to share how you utilize your camera a little more efficiently.  These are links and books that I have found helpful and I hope you will too!  (I’m a Canon girl, so forgive me if you have a Nikon and my posts slant toward Canon, but most camera settings are generally the same, Nikon has some different settings than Canon to achieve the same things.

Understanding Exposure:

One of the first things that you want to try to understand is the Exposure Triangle.  I feel that this takes quite a bit of time to understand and when I was learning I had to keep going back to it.  You can’t truly understand it in one sitting but this link does a pretty good job of explaining it. http://digital-photography-school.com/learning-exposure-in-digital-photography

The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer:

Now I know that you probably do not have intentions of going Pro, but this little book is GREAT at explaining things in everyday language!!!  She also has a great blog that you can follow.  If you could only purchase one item right now to go with your camera, I highly recommend this book!  http://thekeytotakingpictures.com/

Meet your Camera:

A Quick into to the buttons on your camera! http://www.iheartfaces.com/2007/10/meet-your-camera-tutorial-by-rachel/

A quick guide to understanding your DSLR Camera:

This is a great little guide that has just enough info in it that it hopefully won’t overwhelm you!  http://www.kevinandamanda.com/whatsnew/tutorials/photography-tutorial-a-quick-guide-to-understanding-your-digital-slr-camera.html

13 things your camera wishes you knew:

This is a very quick few items that you may find helpful when you are ready to absorb them.  Some you can put to use right away! http://improvephotography.com/2092/13-things-your-camera-wishes-you-knew/

Dive Right in with Clickin’ Mom’s:

I LOVE this Photography Forum!!!  They have an amazing blog (you do not need to be a member to read the blog) They offer online learning opportunities as well as a super friendly and helpful group of women (and some men) to help you with any and all questions that you may have.  If you want to really improve your photography this is a great place to be.  If you sign up, say that I referred you (letthelightin) and find me as a friend there!  http://www.clickinmoms.com/

I hope that you have enjoyed my first edition of what I am going to call Sunday Snaps!  Now to just keep it up this year!!  Please feel free to ask questions, comment on my blog, follow me on Facebook by clicking HERE.  I would love to help you!

Happy Snapping,