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How to Shoot Using SLR
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Published: May 20, 2008
This tutorial describes the various controls associated with SLR and some point-and-shoot cameras, and how to use them.

Edit 1st January 2010:
Revamped tutorial with a proper layout, better wording and better images.
:new: Click 'download' link to view the PDF.

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If you liked this tutorial, you should also check out my Basic Photo Fixing and Efficient Editing tutorials :)
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lower-case|Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the tutorial. I've been trying my hand at photography for over a year now and even though I've read about those terms dozens of times, they always kind of flew over my head. This tutorial was much easier to understand.
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks for the feedback. I've never been great at explaining things, so it's good to know you found it easy to understand.
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Jeez this is complicated for a newbie like me... :P
But you helped a lot thanks!!!
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome, and good luck :)
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Vahnny's avatar
very nice tutorial covers the basic great help
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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anakomb|Hobbyist General Artist
This was very helpful, thank you!
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome :)
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faythrose|Hobbyist Photographer
I've featured this in my journal [link]
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
Thanks!
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faythrose|Hobbyist Photographer
anytime :)
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What a sweetheart you are! :hug: :blowkiss: Thanks for posting such a helpful tutorial! :rose:
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
No problem! Glad I could help :)
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Thank you so much for this tutorial.I have my xti for 2 years and did not know how to use it untill now. I was finally able to understand the light meater.I was able to take good outdoor pictures after this tutorial. but indoors, I can't! the light meter always shows -2, and I try to change it ,but it doesn't get out of -2 and the picture turns out super dark.
Could you please help me?
My e-mail is souzamontoya@yahoo.com
Thanks
Cacau
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
What aperture range is your lens? And what ISO and shutter speed are you using? You might need to increase the ISO, lower the aperture and lower the shutter speed. If your lens doesn't offer a low enough aperture then your photos will ofteh be underexposed in low light situations.
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SashaFitzgerald|Professional Traditional Artist
Thankyou so much for making this very informative tutorial :heart: I'm working on a project for uni using an slr so it's all very new to me! :D
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
No worries, glad to be of assistance :)
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AussieMum|Hobbyist Digital Artist
this is good darl. i have a fugifilm finepix s9600 (if i remember right)..and its been compared to the last step on the ladder before a digital SLR cam. the info you posted is relivent to me and makes me want to go out and experiment. its clear and informative. although...for someone like me who is a little...not in the thinking mode right now, i did almost skim over some parts, but forced myself to go back and reread. it makes sense, i'm just a bit tired atm. still great stuff.
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scarlet-rain|Professional Interface Designer
No worries, thanks for taking the time to read & comment :) It will be there whenever you're feeling up to experimenting with your camera so no rush :)
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AussieMum|Hobbyist Digital Artist
:D cheers. and no worries. :)
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