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Your SLR Digital Camera or Should it Read $LR Digital Camara- How to Use It

Updated on August 22, 2011
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Caution Do Not Let Your Significant Other Read This First

That is just as important as a Government Health Warning on Cigarettes, Cigars and Tobacco, Yessiree, This little baby can work out to be as expensive a "toy" or hobby you or your hubby have ever experienced.Cos,

if at that very first click of the shutter,

view of that picture,

fine hairs at the back of your neck rise

goose bumps

eyes sparkle

lip twitches into a self satisfied

"I've licked the forbidden cream".


It runs a close second to mmmmmmmmmm, er, well maybe the other way around!

You Have Just Bought Your 1st SLR Digital Camera

Congratulations!, You have now opened up a whole new world of Photography. Even if you are an experienced photographer, or an absolute beginner to this hobby. So now the first question that comes up is what is SLR?

SLR stands for Single Lens Reflex, this is not only a digital type of camera, it is also applies to the "old fashioned" type of cameras.

Simply put the viewing lens is directly in front of the photo plane, film or the photo cell collectors., so what you are viewing through your eyepiece or LCD monitor at the back of the camera is exactly what you will see as the end result, hard copy print or on your PC screen.

The other point and shoot cameras, both film and digital have compensating prisms which give you a close result, to what you want. With these you need to practice to get to know which way you need to adjust yourt view to achieve what you want, remember it is minimal,

So You Unpack It

Now Having spent what amounts to, what some would call a small fortune, for a hobby you now unpack your box.

More packaging than actual items, you carefully place everything into two or so piles. Pick up the unpacking list or instruction manual and start off by finding the ITEM CHECK LIST.

Carefully Identify and place each item where you can see them (There is a touch of of humour in some of the camera's packing, as the packing list is the Instruction Manual which you have in your hand).

Now this manual, to me, considering what the base price of the body, is a bit of a rip off. Serviceable well bound soft covered A3 booklet with line drawings and monochromatic photographs in it. This to explain to a user how ti use their purchase to the optimum. I do not know what the other camera's instruction manuals are like however I doubt very much that they would be any different.

Suffice to say that one needs 20/20 vision or a good opticial aid to read the and decipher some of the symbols that appear in the book reflecting those on the camera.

Now Here Starts the $'s

The top 3 SLR cameras usually only come with a body, as see from the unpacking instructions. Note lens was included, if you had bought a bundle you may well have had a stock lens included as part of the deal, this would have been supplied in a separate box, now days this with the most popular top end of the range cameras would be a 35mm to 55 mm with a micro of 18mm to 24 mm.

Now here is the rub, you cannot take a photo with out a lens. So if there is no lens inclued then you need to buy one. You will at the very least need a stock lens.

Then, you will need "film" which comes in the form of a card to record your photographs on, these come in a range of sizes, the bigger the pricier, as always the better again the pricier, ask what the pros use and stick to it in the long run they are more dependable. The good news, you can use the over and over again, just reformat them.

The Last Basic Expence

You will have to check that your PC is compatible to the software that is provided with the camera, as this is what is required for you to download your photos to your PC.

If you have an older PC you may have a problem, but before you rush out and buy the a PC that will you need to do the downloading on and basic photo manipulations that you can. You do need to look a bit further ahead!

If you are going to necome all arty and create posters and murals, etc. you are going to need an advanced photo proccessing software pavkage, some of these will cost nearly as much as you have spent for your camera, and if you check out the PC requirements maybe a tad bit more.

Well who needed that weekend trip Florida this year.

Welcome to the World of Photography

Get hold of a good supplier of good quality blank CD' or DVD's you will need it!

kibler park south africa:
Kibler Park, Johannesburg South, South Africa

get directions

This is where I am, way down in here in South Africa


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    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      Samsons1,Thanks for your votes, yes you actually have to try and forget what it costs, but when you see the resulsts, man was it worth that extra expence.

      The realistic thing is that when you can start to turn over cash for your photographs and or photographic services. I have now reached the sort of numbers that I need to put together a resonable type of portfolio that may or may not generate an income.

      However the fun is still there building taking and exploring new and more wonderful techniques.

      As all the top photographers say, when asked which is their best photograph ........... "The one I am about to take!

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      JayeWisdom,Thanks for the comment and praise on the illstrative photo, it was an early morning windy grey drab photo, that I added new 'magic' to it using the software that comes with the camera, thank you for the praise.

      Yes I live right next to a nature reserve, but only went as far as the entrance one morning just as the sun was about to rise, "the Golden Hour", when I was stopped by a Security guard, who stated that unless that you had a large party of at least 2o or so people, it would not be wise 'personal security and safety' to progress in there at that time of day, a large group of vagrants occupy the reserve. There are bi monthly snare cleanups that happen with volounteers but they cannot get rid of the culprits.

      Thanks agaain for the comments.

    • Just_Rodney profile imageAUTHOR

      Rodney Fagan 

      7 years ago from Johannesberg South Africa, The Gold Mine City

      BWD316, Indeed photography is a costly hobby, but like any hobby in actual fact if you are really into it it can be expensive. But yes by and large if you kook at just the bare bones outlay it is a bit more than the average short set of golf clubs.

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      7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted up and interesting! Photography can get quite expensive. After fifty + years and an arsenal of 37 cameras all told, I find one tries to forget about the total costs of equipment and just hopes the profits and enjoyment of photography in general offsets the outlay$$$...

    • JayeWisdom profile image

      Jaye Denman 

      7 years ago from Deep South, USA

      You illustrated this hub with a gorgeous photo, Rodney, so you must be very experienced at using your camera. I notice on your map that you live near a nature preserve, so you have a terrific location ready-made for taking great photos.

      I chuckled when you described the manual that accompanies the camera. I always think product manuals--especially those for technical products--were written by someone for whom English is not a first (or second, or even third) language. They are so difficult (for me) to understand.


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      Brian Dooling 

      7 years ago from Connecticut

      great hub! digital slr cameras are so expensive and have so many expenses that you dont realize at first! but if you love to take photos, like i do, its so worth it!


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