b] four steps to gett ing the shot

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1] MODE

The first step is to choose the shoot­ing mode. If you’re look­ing to make your first step up from the green auto mode, turn the dial to ‘P’ for pro­grammed auto. Here, the cam­era au­to­mat­i­cally ad­justs the aper­ture and shut­ter speed to pro­duce an ex­po­sure it de­ter­mines is ‘op­ti­mal’, but ro­tat­ing the cam­era dial en­ables you to se­lect al­ter­na­tive com­bi­na­tions of aper­ture and shut­ter speed for dif­fer­ent ef­fects while main­tain­ing the same over­all ex­po­sure.

3] com­pose

Not all viewfind­ers show the en­tire im­age cap­tured by the lens, but your cam­era’s Live View dis­play does. Ac­ti­vate this and use the grid over­lays to help you frame a shot ac­cu­rately. Live View also en­ables you to preview any im­age pro­cess­ing op­tions, such as the White Bal­ance and Pic­ture Con­trol set­tings, in real time. Aut­o­fo­cus can be slow in Live View, so if you’re pho­tograph­ing an ac­tive sub­ject we’d rec­om­mend re­vert­ing to the viewfinder.

2] set­tings

Press­ing the but­ton marked ‘info’ or ‘i’ turns the rear screen into a de­tailed in­for­ma­tion dis­play. This pro­vides a snap­shot of shoot­ing pa­ram­e­ters such as aper­ture, shut­ter speed and ISO and en­ables you to quickly al­ter key cam­era set­tings like the fo­cus mode and White Bal­ance with­out having to dip into the multi-lay­ered menu sys­tem. To make changes, press the info but­ton again, high­light a set­ting and tap OK to view the op­tions. Sim­ple!

4] shoot

The shut­ter re­lease is a two-stage but­ton: press it half­way to ac­ti­vate the ex­po­sure me­ter­ing sys­tem and the aut­o­fo­cus. Once the im­age snaps into fo­cus, keep the shut­ter re­lease half-pressed to lock the fo­cus, then re­frame the scene for the best com­po­si­tion be­fore fully de­press­ing the but­ton to take the shot. In sin­gle-servo AF mode (AF-S), you will be un­able to press the but­ton fully un­til the cam­era in­di­cates the im­age cov­ered by the AF points is in fo­cus.

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