Beginners guide to Digital Photography and dSLR cameras

In this tutorial, we’ll introduce the art of digital photography and the use of DSLR cameras to accomplish that. It is important to note that photography in itself reflects the creativity of the person taking the pictures and not necessarily mean you need to get a top of the range digital camera. However the ability of your camera will determine how good your shots are going to be and hence it is advisable that you consider getting a dSLR than sticking with a point and shoot one.

Things we’ll be covering in this online digital photography course:

  • DSLR vs Point and Shoot cameras
  • Composition – How it affects your final picture
  • Long exposure shots (we’ll talkt about light meter)
  • Freezing motion
  • Bracketing – Why do you need it
  • Exposure compensation
  • Focal lengths and aperture
  • Why use aperture priority mode on your dSLR camera
  • Taking pictures with a bright background
  • How to maintain and clean your camera and lens

This tutorial will be updated as we go along and if there’s anything else that you want to know, then suggest it in a comment.

How close can you get with a 300mm lens for your DSLR camera?

When I bought my dSLR camera (Nikon 5000), it came with an 18-55mm lens which is a very good lens. It gives me sharp pictures and I didn’t really have any complaints besides that it couldn’t give me closer shots. There were times I wished I had a more powerful lens to enable me to zoom on far away objects better and when I couldn’t take it anymore, I decided to buy myself a Sigma 70-300mm DG APO lens. See the difference in zooming capabilities for yourself:

Nikon Lens at 55mm
Nikon Lens at 55mm
Sigma Lens at 300mm
Sigma Lens at 300mm
Sigma Lens at 70mm
Sigma Lens at 70mm
Sigma Lens at 200mmSigma Lens at 200mm

The pictures speak for themselves and as you can see there’s a massive difference from the shot at 55m to the one at 300mm. Although the Nikon lens is a better lens than the Sigma and you can see that clearly in the images above because the one taken from the Nikon lens appears to be sharper, I opted for the Sigma lens because for the price (£160) that I paid for, it was a real bargain to obtain a lens with such a zoom. I’ve included pictures taken at 200mm as well so that you can have an idea how far the lens is going to reach as well.

Once you’ve bought your dSRL, you will soon outgrow the standard lens that comes with it and if you want to get great shots at long distances, then investing in a powerful zoom lens is a must. Many people choose to buy a 200mm lens and they’ve very decent as well but if you want to bring that far away object very near, then you would need a longer lens. You can go to as much as 1200mm if you can afford it.