Gone are the days when you could take photos on your phone and use them for your blog posts. If you are familiar with the blogging world today, chances are that you’ve come across fellow bloggers using professional photography for their content. People invest in high quality camera equipment for photos for their blogs and businesses, so it’s more important than ever to have gorgeous pictures. That’s why I’ve created this easy tutorial to bring your DSLR camera skills to the next level.

That said, everyone with a DSLR is not a photographer. There is a lot more to photography than just using a high quality camera. You can do a lot better if you learn to use your camera in the right way. So if you’ve invested in a DSLR or plan to invest in one, here is a beginner’s guide to help you get started.

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Learn the capabilities + settings of your DSLR camera

We’re used to skipping the manual for a few run-of-the-mill devices, like a cell phone or a regular point and camera. But when it comes to a DSLR camera, there are several settings, buttons and modes that you need to know about. So the first step would be to read you manual – cover to cover. Acquaint yourself with all the settings, controls, features and capabilities of your camera. Some of them may surprise you! Plus, each DSLR camera is a little different, so it’s important to understand which your camera includes. Good photography can be the difference between your site’s visitors becoming clients or not!

Modes (Auto + Manual)

If you use only the auto mode of your DSLR, you are better off using a point. There is a reason you invested in a DSLR — to have more control over your photographs. This happens best in manual mode. Now, you can definitely take good photos in auto mode — no denying that (see the comparison below) — but we want awesome photos and that is more realistic the manual mode.

I recommend starting off with the Av (aperture priority) and (shutter priority) modes and slowly graduating to the manual mode to make the transition easier. Manual mode is intimidating at first because you need to figure out the by yourself. This means that you need to deal with setting values for the aperture, shutter speed and ISO — it’s a lot to take in, right? But trust me, this will make all the difference in your photos. This also leads me to my next point about…

A DSLR alone cannot make a difference in your photos — you need to understand to the basics of photography. Lighting is the key element that makes a photo. Once you learn the fundamentals of lighting, you will see a huge difference in your photos whether you are using a DSLR or an iPhone camera.

In a DSLR, you have full control to play around with the values of aperture, shutter speed and ISO, which together impact the of a photo. Dig deep into learning about each of these aspects and how they your photo.

Raw vs JPEG Images

You might have heard about clicking images in Raw format before, but what exactly is it? Let’s see. When you take a picture in the usual JPEG format (that we all love), the camera automatically processes the data to create an image file. So we have less control over the photo while editing it. However, when you taking the picture in raw format, the camera doesn’t process the data, and instead the raw data is preserved until you transfer your files to the computer. Since a computer has greater processing power than a camera, it gives you a lot more flexibility and control to process the data and produce high quality photos. Bottom line: You have more to work with in the Raw format, which can lead to better looking photos.

You can see the difference in the photo below, the colors look so much more vibrant and defined in the Raw format when compared to the JPEG format!

Practice + Learn (and learn what works for your blog/biz the most!)

The best way to learn using a DSLR is to just practice…a LOT! As you practice different modes and settings, observe the effects of settings on photos. For example, with a aperture and shutter speed, observe how your photo turns out. Next time when you shoot at a high aperture and low ISO, compare the photo with a previous one — observe the changes between the photos and try to figure out the reasons for the differences. It will take some practice and time before you get comfortable with your camera. However, the most important thing is to have fun and learn as much as you can! Its all about practice, soon you will be clicking amazing pictures with your DSLR!