READ YOUR CAMERA MANUAL before
taking any photographs.
Check your batteries. Make sure
to either recharge or replace them if you haven’t
used your camera as yet or for an extended period.
(highly recommend recharable batteries)
Insert your storage media card
in the appropriate slot. If you forget to insert
your media card, you’ll get a "No Card"
Remove the lens cap.
Turn the camera on by either
an on-off switch or a sliding lens cover.
Turn off the LCD. (See your camera
manual for instructions)
Make sure your camera is set for automatic
mode. Set the image quality to the size
image desired–HQ (high quality) or less
(to take more pictures on the same card).
Bring the camera up to your eye and look
through the viewfinder. Positioning the
target mark in the center of the viewfinder on
your subject will assure that it will be in focus.
Push the zoom lever toward W
(wide angle) to shoot wide-angle shots or push
it toward the T (telephoto) to zoom in.
Press the shutter button half way down
gently and confirm that the green light next to
the viewfinder is illuminated.
Press the shutter button all the way down.
You’ll hear a beep when you take a picture.
Wait until the green light stops flashing before
taking another one. Remember, digital cameras
have a slight delay that traditional cameras don’t
since it takes a second to save the image to your
camera’s storage media card. Your new photograph
should appear on your camera’s LCD screen.
Turn off the camera.
Use the viewfinder to compose your photograph,
not the LCD screen, which will severely drain
your battery power. Use your LCD screen only when
shooting close-up photographs.
Hold your camera steady. Sometimes,
the least amount of movement will cause your photo
to be slightly blurred. Purchase a very small
tripod so that you can provide extra stability
for your camera. Also, if there isn’t enough
light (indoors or outdoors), make sure to use
your camera’s flash.
Experiment with your camera’s features
and take notes so that you can learn what works
for you. Do this before you plan to use it for
an important family event or trip.
Photography Versus Film
which is better, digital photography or film?
Compare the advantages of each:
• Digital cameras are usually smaller
than film cameras.
• Digital cameras can embed metadata into
the image file (time, date,
camera settings, etc.).
• Digital image files can be backed up and
• Digital images can be altered with editing
software for specific effects.
• Digital photography enables you to experiment
without concern for
time or the cost of developing flawed pictures.
• Digital printing can be done from a home
computer with either a standard
or digital printer.
• LCD screens on digital cameras allow for
instant picture review and
• Many digital cameras have AV-out capabilities
for television viewing.
• Photographers can print certain pictures
and not others.
• Some digital cameras allow you to lock
files to avoid accidental deletion.
of Film Cameras
• Film cameras are less expensive than digital
cameras of the same
• Film cameras are more durable in outdoor
environments and adverse
• Film cameras can work without batteries.
• Film is harder to manipulate than digital
images, ensuring the integrity
of the original images.
• Some film types (infrared film, for example)
have no digital counterpart.
photojournalists prefer to use traditional
film. Although a digital camera lets a photographer
quickly edit his photos, photojournalists
build their reputations on the accuracy
of their photographs. While some photojournalists
use digital cameras, others prefer to use
film so they can prove an image has not
similar reasons, film is more admissible
in court than digital photography, as there
is less chance that someone has tampered
with photographic evidence. While the camera
may not lie, a software-editing program