My Canon DSLR Journey Part 2 – Shooting Basics


In this post I will go through the tips, features and techniques I learnt.

Camera Functions

OVerview of the buttons:

Menu options:



File Format

Always try to shoot with RAW files where available. RAW files allow post manipulation because the file contains information of the picture rather than a processed and compressed picture already typically in JPEG format. The downside to shooting RAW is the file size is magnitudes larger than a JPEG and it also means the camera memory buffer will fill up a lot quicker so burst shots will slow down very quickly. I will describe more on the RAW file aspect in another post.

Framing & Composition

Framing a picture is processing of deciding what goes into the photo and composition is how the subject and scenery is angled in the picture. See 10 rules of photo composition (and why they work) for more details.

Picture Preview

Don’t trust the screen preview image because it is no match for a modern day monitor (or T.V for that matter). Use the histogram and zoom in to check the image quality. General rule of thumb is to better over expose than to under expose. This is because no light is no captured by the sensor but too bright is captured and can be toned down in post processing. Clipping is also bad. This is where the lines of the histogram reaches the top of the graph on the y axis.


Master the functions and settings to get a feel for how to change things and the effect they have. The modes explain when and how to use them depending on the situation. All this will help taking photos.

About Danny

I.T software professional always studying and applying the knowledge gained and one way of doing this is to blog. Danny also has participates in a part time project called Energy@Home [] for monitoring energy usage on a premise. Dedicated to I.T since studying pure Information Technology since the age of 16, Danny Tsang working in the field that he has aimed for since leaving school. View all posts by Danny → This entry was posted in Camera, Photography and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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