Make the Transition Easier: Beginners' Digital Photography Tips

Although digital photography has been around for a while now, there are still some photographers who are intimidated by the prospect of giving up their beloved film cameras. It's no wonder, since much of the talk about digital photography tends to make it sound really difficult.

There are certainly some differences between film and digital photography, but once you learn to master the art of handling a digital camera, you will no doubt fall in love with its many features. Before you start shooting with your new digital camera, brush up on some beginning digital photography tips to help you get the most out of your digital photography.

Subtle Differences

For the most part, digital photography tips are the same as film photography tips. There aren't many differences in the way that you compose a shot, or the way that you choose a subject. The differences lie mostly in the way that you interact with the camera itself.

One of the best digital photography tips you will ever get is this: read your instruction manual. Read it before you begin shooting, read it while you are fiddling with the controls, read it before you go to bed if you must. Just be sure that you do read through it to familiarize yourself with the controls.

If you never read your instruction manual, the chances are that years down the road you'll discover that your camera could do something you never knew was possible. You'll probably end up kicking yourself for not knowing you could do that all along. It bears repeating: read your instruction manual.

Other digital photography tips that you may not have thought of involve how to keep your camera going at the most vital times. Always, always, always carry an extra memory card (or two) and at least one extra set of batteries. It's almost guaranteed that you will find something spectacular to shoot when you have no space left on your memory card, or that your batteries will die just before you can catch that once-in-a-lifetime perfect photograph. It's important to always be prepared for moments like these.

You may be tempted to shoot at a very low resolution to fit more pictures onto your memory card, but this is rarely worth the poor quality photographs that it will produce. Use at least a midway setting, and for photos that really matter - like portraits or special family moments - use the highest quality setting.

Once you get the hang of these very basic digital photography tips, you can begin shooting with confidence. Experimentation often yields the most learning potential, so don't be afraid to go out and just start taking photos of things that catch your interest. In no time, you'll be on your way to forgetting all about leaving your film camera behind.