Master Your DSLR Camera, Part 1: Program Mode

November 16, 2007

There’s an article up on Lifehacker.com today written by yours truly. If you own a digital SLR camera but don’t really know much about how to use it, this article may help.

You ponied up for a digital SLR camera because you hated the shutter lag on your little point-and-shoot. The good news: Your photos have improved! The bad news? You know they could be even better—if only you dared to let go of the camera’s “auto” mode. It’s as if you’ve been creeping around the neighborhood in a new Mustang using only first gear. No more! It’s time to take control, hit the highway, and learn what you can do in program mode.

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  1. Well written, simple to understand article – good work! I’ve gone as far as to shoot in Manual Mode which goes back to the”old” film days when you really needed to set everything. The beauty with DSLRs is that you can instantly see the results and make adjustments. This mode works great for timed exposures at night and gives you the ultimate control over the camera.

    One thing you might mention in your next article (if there is one) is that there is usually (Nikon & Canon DSLRs) a reset button to factory default settings if you really can’t remember the way back to start after you’ve gone on a creative shooting binge. Another words, you can really “mess” with the camera without permanently losing the factory settings. This is especially true on Canon E30D’s and above with their large amount of custom settings and custom shooting modes.

  2. Thanks, I’ll keep watching for more.

  3. Hi, just wanted to thank you for this excellant article which I first read on Lifehacker. I own a Nikon D70 and, as simple as it is, I use very little of its features simply because learning it all seems quite overwhelming. Your very simple and well explained article has been very inspiring and understandable and I look forward to reading your coming articles. Thanks for the advice and keep it coming!


  4. […] Master your DSLR, Part 1 (One of the articles I published this year.) […]

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