So you’ve just bought your first DSLR… now what?

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Buying your first serious camera, whether it’s a DSLR or a compact system camera (CSC) is very exciting, but all those controls can be a bit intimidating.  In their latest guest blog post, the photo management and Canon Project1709 experts at Photoventure outline how to set up your camera ready to take your first few shots.

So you’ve just bought your first DSLR / CSC... now what?

Memory card

When you pop the card into the camera for the first time it’s a good idea to format it so that any existing images are deleted from it and it’s ready to work in your new camera.

Just press the menu button, locate the Format option and follow the on-screen directions.

Set the image quality and size

You want to get the best from your new camera so set the image quality (via the menu) to Extra Fine or Highest Quality JPEG and the size to Large.

If you want to try your hand at processing raw files you can set your camera to shoot raw and JPEG images simultaneously, but we’d recommend at this stage that you don’t just shoot raw files.

Raw files capture more data than JPEGs, but if you want to share them with others you’ll have to convert them to a universal file format like JPEG or TIFF.

Your camera should be supplied with raw conversion software that’s compatible with your camera’s files.

You can also use third party packages such as Photoshop Elements, but you need to check that your camera’s raw files are supported.

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