Digital Camera Help

What to do when needing Help with your Digital Camera

When you buy new photographic equipment, the very first thing you should do is to read the manual that came with camera, because this will give you the very best digital camera help. Alternatively, play the CD or DVD that came with the unit, because that will also be an important source of digital camera help. The manufacturer's web site or customer care centres will be useful as well, particularly if you are looking for specific model-based digital camera help.

When you first start out, you're going to have to learn the basics in terms of handling precautions, including how to install and remove batteries and how to get started safely. Study all the drawings that show where the different components, buttons and knobs are and find each one on your own camera.

You will find a mode dial; study what each different mode is and when it should be used. Typical modes include portrait, for shooting people, landscape, scene and macro. There may also be audio and video modes. You will also find navigation buttons that allow you to access various options from the on-screen display menu. Make sure you know what all these are for. All this information will be clearly stated in the manual. If you didn't get one, and there doesn't seem to be one on the disc, then you will normally be able to download one from the Internet and print it out. Just make sure that it's for the correct type and model.

Before you can start shooting, you will need to charge and then install the battery. You may also have to insert a memory card.

Most good manuals will take you step-by-step through everything you need to know to get started. Work through the manual with the camera, familiarising yourself with what you have to do to take great photographs. While every manufacturer's manuals are different, they will probably show you what a camera steady warning icon looks like. This would appear if you were using a long exposure time (more than 1/30 of a second) and your hand was not completely steady. You will also be able to find out in the manual how to use the anti-shake function (if there is one).

The manual will also explain how you can modify different camera settings to get the best results when you take photographs. Work through all the possibilities, and keep referring back to the manual when you get stuck.

There should also be a troubleshooting section that lists some basic problems people commonly face, together with straightforward solutions. Your manual really is the first place - and often the very best place - to find digital camera help.

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