15 common photography questions from beginners (and how to solve them)
If you’re new to photography, chances are you have a few questions. In this post we aim to remove all the stumbling blocks and common problems photographers face starting out by answering 15 of the photography questions we hear most from beginners.
Common Photography Questions From Beginners, 1-2
01 Do I need to charge my camera’s battery?
Yes. A new DSLR will have a battery that’s only partly charged, but to avoid ending up with a dead battery at a key photographic moment, we’d recommended charging it fully before you start to play with your new camera.
Pop it in the charger, the light on the charger will flash when your battery is charging, and will turn solid green when fully charged. It normally takes around two hours to fully charge a completely flat battery.
To see how much charge is remaining in your battery, check the little battery icon on your camera’s LCD – it will flash if it’s nearly flat.
We’d recommend buying a spare battery as well – your manufacturer’s official batteries are best, but expensive; Hähnel also does good batteries that are half the price and offer reliable performance too.
02 Which memory card do I need?
Different DSLRs use different memory cards – either CompactFlash (CF) or Secure Digital (SD, SDHC or SDXC, depending on capacity). Consumer DSLRs use SD cards; prosumer models use CF cards; while the latest pro cameras take both CF and SD.
As camera megapixels increase, so do image file sizes, which means you’ll need bigger memory cards.
We advise using between 8GB and 32GB cards with speeds around 400x or 45MB/s for faster writing (to your card) and downloading speeds (to your computer). The higher capacity and faster the cards, the higher the price.
When you’ve downloaded your shots, we’d always suggest you format each card you put into your camera before shooting again to ‘wipe it clean’ so it’s empty and ready to store new images. This is done easily via your camera’s menu system.
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on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 at 3:52 pm under Beginner.
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