Getting Started with Your New Camera

Most cameras are easy to get started with, but any new photographer will benefit from a quick understanding of the basics of how to get the best shot. Here are five tips for first-time shooters:

1. Keep It Simple

Don't get bogged down in advanced camera modes. Start with the “auto” setting; it will let you take great pictures by simply pointing and shooting. Once you're comfortable, start experimenting with advanced settings like shutter speed and ISO balance.

2. Set It Up Before You Shoot

The right composition is the essential first step to a great photo. Vary the distance between you and the subject, experiment with different angles (the rotating LCD will make that easier) and take lots of shots to see what works the best.

3. Cut Out the Jitter

If you don’t have a tripod, resting your camera (or at least your elbows) on a solid surface will help minimize movement and blur while you're shooting.

4. Get Ready for the Close-up

Get as close as possible to the subject when shooting video. This gives your viewer a real sense of being part of the action.

5. Protect Your Investment

Make sure your camera comes with a strap that can be used to secure it to the neck or wrist. And a padded case is a must-have accessory. Ensure that the camera's lens stays smudge-and scratch-free by using a professional camera-cleaning product to keep it crystal clear.

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