Did you get a DSLR for Christmas - well here's some hints and tips

January 04, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

If you got a DSLR for Christmas and you are worried about taking it off the green square - Auto mode, then maybe you should sign up for one of my courses. I run one to one classes - either half day or full day or group courses - which is a great way to meet some like minded people too.

The first thing I say to people about their new camera is make sure you fully charge your batteries - buy a spare battery if you only have one - there is nothing worse than being out and about and running out of power. Make sure you have plenty of memory cards - or a couple of large ones - I buy mine from 7dayshop.com but you can buy well priced memory cards from an assortment of shops.

Always carry a cleaning cloth, you never know when you may get a rain drop, fingerprint, dog lick - or anything else on the lens of your camera and so carry a proper lens cloth to clean it off straight away. Other things to think about - I have a clear filter on my lens to protect from scratches - it's cheaper and more convenient to replace than my lens after all.

So we have batteries charged, memory card in place and lens cloth on standby, what next. Go out and have some fun, whatever the weather, have a think about what you would like to try and photograph - maybe some flowers in your garden? OK so you may have seen shots where the flower is crisp and sharp and the background is soft - this is done with the aperture - the F stop  - to keep the flower sharp and the background soft you need to pick a small number - an F stop/aperture of 2.8 or 4 will keep your chosen bloom sharp and the background soft so as not to distract from main subject-the flower in this case. If you would like to learn more about your camera and have your questions answered about how to get the shots you want then please just get in touch and we'll get you booked in. Whether you want to have a half day session or full day session or onto one of the courses, just drop me an email or give me a call 07885472010 or email alex@alexsharp.com


From May onwards I will also be running courses from my new studio in Dodford.


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