10 Beginner Photography Tips and Camera Settings You Need to Know

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Starting out in photography is exciting, to be sure.

But it can also be a lot of work!

Working hard to improve your craft is a good thing, though, because in the end, photography is a journey, and the growth you experience along the way will be invaluable.

Of course, it’s nice to know where to begin, too.

That’s the purpose of this guide.

I’ve put together ten basic tips to help you start your photography journey. Each one is summarized below and includes a link to a more comprehensive discussion of each topic.

Camera Settings

Camera Modes

Looking at your camera dial and seeing M, A, P, A/AV, S/TV, and all the other little icons can be a little confusing, even if you read your camera’s owner’s manual!

But understanding what each camera mode does and the applications in which each one can help you will only serve to make taking better photos an easier task.

Don’t continue to be confused about which mode does what…

For a good overview of the primary shooting modes, check out this guide and start taking better photos today!

Metering Modes

Your camera has various metering modes that allow it to “read” the light under different circumstances.

But with names like evaluative, spot, partial, and center-weighted, it’s easy to understand why so many beginners aren’t sure what each mode does, let alone when to use them.

Each metering mode is a specialist at helping you get a well-exposed image depending on the situation.

By learning what each mode does and how to use it, you’ll have yet another way to take improved photos.

This comprehensive guide will introduce you to metering modes and explain the pros and cons of each.

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