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Starting with Your First Professional Camera

your first cameraGetting your first DSLR or any professional camera is fun and exciting; however, its controls are rather daunting. Many questions about lenses, for example, which Canon 70D lenses are the best, image size, for example how to set image size, memory card – how to format it, and many more are pestering you. It’s better therefore to learn some basics.

Format the Memory Card

After you first pop your memory card in your camera, better you format it to delete any existing images and now the camera is ready as a new camera. Formatting the card is easy – hit the menu button, find out the Format option and go on following the on-screen instructions.

Set Your Desired Image Size and Quality

Obviously you want the best from your new camera; so, you will have to set the quality to Extra Fine and size of the image to Large.

You might be looking forward to trying the processing of raw files. For this, set the camera to shoot JPEG and raw images at the same time; however, it is recommendable not to shoot just raw files at this stage.

Raw files occupy more data than JPEG images do, but in case, if you want to share them, you should convert them to a common file format, like TIFF or JPEG.

You should equip your camera with raw conversion software and it should be compatible with files of your camera.

Third party packages can also be used like Photoshop Element; but first you will have to check whether the raw files of your camera are supported.

ISO Setting

ISO setting or sensitivity decides how much light the camera requires to capture a shot.

High settings like ISO 6400 are helpful in low light conditions while low settings such as ISO 100 require plenty of light. But the latter produces the best quality images.

Best is to set sensitivity of your camera to automatic in the initial stages and the camera will decide the best for you.

White Balance

The automatic white balance of your camera is the best beginning point as it must produce images having neutral tones and natural colors in most of the conditions.

Once you get well acquainted with your camera, you are free to experiment with settings that are offered for particular lighting conditions.


It’s recommended to set your camera to its Matrix, Evaluative or Multi-zone/segment metering, because this is a nice general purpose mode that will put forth rational exposure settings in most of the conditions.


The AF (autofocus) system on your camera focuses the lens of your camera automatically. Or you can manually rotate the focus ring of the lens.

In AF mode, the camera tries to focus on whatever is under the chosen AF point.

Setting your camera to Single AF mode is advisable which will make the camera focus the lens for you after you half-press the shutter release button.

Auto AF mode is also helpful since the camera will shift to constant AF mode if it finds that the subject is moving.

Learn the basics of your camera well and you can make the most of it and enjoy your photography venture thoroughly. You can learn many more basics and professional points at, like camera parts, photography tips, various brands of cameras and their reviews and more.