Lesson Zero

While there are hundreds if not thousands of places on the internet to help you learn about photography one key things needs to be said every time.

I think people forget about this step because it is just to obvious, they are impatient and just want to go out shooting.

Whether you have been taking pictures for years or just picked up a camera for the first time. This should be the first thing you do.

Read the instruction manual that came with it! 

If you bought your camera second hand or it was a “hand-me-down” you can probably download a PDF of the manual to read as well.

I’m not saying you need to memorize it but if you want to learn photography you need to know how your camera works. It doesn’t matter if you are using a old flip phone with a camera, your grandpa’s film camera from the 1950’s, or a Canon 1Dx. If you don’t know how to operate it you will be frustrated to no end wondering why your shot is not what you thought it would be.

After you finish reading the manual I highly suggest you find a “Magic Lantern Guide” and “Digital Field Guide” for your specific camera. These books will put everything you need to know about your camera technically and explain it in easier to understand terms.

Yes you will read many of the same things between the books, but it will help you to learn your camera better so that when you take a bad photo, you only have yourself to blame, not the equipment.

Thanks for stopping by and reading.

Jason

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