7 beginner photography tutorials that can still improve your photography

How to use Focus Lock on your digital camera

While we like to divide ourselves into groups of beginner photographers, advanced photographers, professional photographers – even famous photographers – and so on, the truth is we all play by the same sets of rules. Often we’ve found that going back and reading ‘beginner’ photography tutorials has provided us with new inspiration to go out and break the rules to try something different.

With this in mind, we’ve rounded up 7 of our most popular ‘beginner’ photography tutorials that we believe are worth another read.

Digital Cameras: what the manual doesn't teach you

Digital Cameras: what the manual doesn’t teach you


Here on Digital Camera World we get lots of emails from readers who are daunted by the complexity of their new digital cameras, unsure of the best way to capture the best shots, and confused about which settings to use.

Considering the plethora of buttons and functions packed into today’s cameras, this is totally understandable. Even getting the strap onto your new bundle of joy can sometimes seem like mission impossible!

Well fret no more; below we’ll guide you through the process of getting to know your digital camera beyond what the manual teaches you.

We’ll help you identify key buttons and setting and explain how to get them to work for you to produce different effects.


How to use AE lock on your DSLR

How to use AE lock to control exposure


To be able to get well-exposed images you sometimes need to be able to pinpoint an exact area of a scene. In these instance your camera’s AE lock function can prove extremely useful.

Sometimes you’ll find that there won’t be an AF point in the right position for the area you want to take a spot metering from.

In these instances, press your digital camera’s AE-L / AF-L button to set the AE lock function, which locks the exposure. Then, just place the AF point over your subject, reframe and shoot. Below we show you step-by-step how to do it.


Manual Focus: what you need to know to get sharp images

Manual Focus: what you need to know to get sharp images


Your DSLR has comes with a highly advanced autofocus system, so why on earth would you want to use manual focus? Actually there are some very good reasons – various subjects and environmental conditions either fool the camera, or make it considerably harder to get a good shot in autofocus mode.


How to use Focus Lock on your digital camera

How to use focus lock on your digital camera


Your digital camera has more controls for focusing an image than you probably imagine, and perhaps one of the most underused of these functions is your digital camera’s focus lock feature.

If you know how to use focus lock on your digital camera then you already know that it’s a wonderful tool for getting sharp, in-focus pictures of off-centre subjects.

If you don’t know how to use focus lock, fear not. Here, we show you how to use this handy function in just 5 simple steps.


How to read a histogram

How to read a histogram


Your digital camera’s histogram serves as a guide to help you better underststand your exposure. To this end, it aims to illustrate the range of tones in a scene. On the left of your histogram you’ll find the extreme of dark shadows, while on the far right you will find your bright highlights. But it’s not always that simple to read a histogram…


What is ISO? When to increase sensitivity, types of noise and more

What is ISO? When to increase sensitivity, types of noise and more


If you’re new to photography you may have asked yourself, ‘What is ISO?’

Back in the days before digital, film came in a variety of different speeds. The ‘faster’ the film, the more sensitive it was to light – allowing you to use faster shutter speeds than with ‘slower’ film.

Using these higher-sensitivity film emulsions was useful for moving subjects – and particularly so in low light. This film speed was measured using a number of different scales – with two of the best known, the American ASA and German DIN scales, eventually being brought together to give us the standardized ISO system.

Digital cameras, of course, do not use film – but the same ISO scale is now used to measure the camera’s sensitivity to light. Although the camera’s imaging chip cannot be changed to suit the subject (unlike film), its sensitivity can effectively be boosted by the camera’s circuitry.


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