resources for DSLR beginners

13 Resources for DSLR Beginners

I know it can take a while to adjust when moving from a point and shoot camera to a DSLR. So I’ve put these tips and resources for DSLR beginners together (in no particular order) for photographers who are just starting out with DSLR’s. Although I’m sure they are a good reminder for all of us.

13 Resources for DSLR Beginners – Lucky for some!

1. 12 Tips for DSLR Beginners! Don’t forget to check out our very own Tips…

2. 10 tips for Digital SLR beginners – useful and simple tips for anyone starting out with a DSLR.

3. 10 tips for the new Digital SLR photographer – I love to see different photographers views when asked what their top 10 tips would be?

4. A guide to the ins and outs of a DSLR camera – If you want to become familiar with all the buttons and what is what on your DSLR. Then this is the place to go.

5. 7 tips for people photography– 7 simple tips and techniques to create amazing portrait photography. If you’d like to try out portrait photography then this is definitely worth a read.

6. Find the best DSLR lens – Not sure which lens to buy, prime or zoom. Or which focal length is best? This is a 6 step guide to help you choose the right lens for you.

7. Rule of thirds – Would you like some help with composition? Then use the rule of thirds to create eye catching photographs.

8. Learning about Exposure – the Exposure Triangle – Learning the basics of exposure is essential…there’s really nothing else to say on the matter!

9. Lighting 101 – If you’re feeling a little more adventurous and would like to learn more about lighting, then take a look at Strobist’s Lighting 101 series.

10. Photoshop tips and tricks for beginners – Post processing digital images to some degree or other is common place these days. But learning how to use the software can be time consuming and have a steep learning curve. So if you’re feeling lost with Photoshop, one of the most popular pieces of software. Then this could be a good place to start.

11. Using focal points in photography – We are all looking to improve and create more interesting photographs that draw the viewer in. Knowing where and what you want your focal point to be is an important part of the process.

12. 18 bite-size photo tips – if you’re just looking for a quick tip or two. Then take a look at these tips from Neil’s twitter page.

13. Depth of Field – This is an in depth tutorial that easily explains what DOF or Depth of Field is and how it is achieved.

Bonus – 7 bad habits of Digital Photographers – If you don’t want to fall into bad photography habits as a beginner. Then take a look at these. I’ve noticed one or two that I fall into – ooopps.

Do you have any more tips for photographers just starting out with DSLR’s? Feel free to add them in the comments below…


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  3. Nice useful post. The one about bad habits is so spot-on. Though I’m not really a beginner anymore, just read it and thought – this is so me 😉

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  6. The picture quality has improved tremendously with the use of SLR camera. Resolution, speed, extra creative control of SLR camera and enhanced comfort in the hand to one of the smallest and lightest digital cameras in its class. Its an owesome feel to use it.

  7. This is such a very helpful and informative post specially for newbies like me. I just bought a new camera and I’m on the process of learning some basic shots particularly with different light settings and a lot of other stuffs. 🙂 I learned a lot from your post and I will absolutely go through with them 1 by 1 so I would know every details that I need to go along on my photography journey! 🙂

  8. Very helpful online guides for beginning photographers. Moreover, I think that even highly experienced photographers may find a lot of helpful information at webpages provided in this blog post. Many thanks.

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  11. Excellent resource list here. We really found the 6 steps on the “Find the Best Digital SLR Lens” resource really helpful. Lenses can really make or break a great shoot and was quite overwhelming when we first got started!

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    @Samar – You’re right dslr’s have really opened up so many opportunities for photographers, amateur and professional alike!

    @Topratedcameras – Glad you liked it be sure to pop back and see what other tips may help you…

    @Arnold – Yes there’s always something to learn (or remember) with photography!

    @Neal – Yeah me too!

    @CameraStabilizerGeeks – It’s all about the ‘glass’ as they say. They’re important expensive purchases so it’s always good to research first…

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  21. Hi Mandy, these resources along with your inspirational quotes truly makes this blog a must read. It has all the basic info that a photography enthusiast would need.. without getting intimidated of course.. my photography has reached many notches higher jus by following your tips and tricks (note: just with a point and shoot + post production, yes u made me comfortable that P&S cams are still not that bad) .. and ya.. i opened a flicker ac as per ur suggestion.. it has inspired to take this interest of mine into a hobby.. have a look at my flicker account, any suggestion is most welcomed .. thx.. Sid

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  23. hi Mandy,I read all your suggestion its so kind of u to share your mistake to others so that they can avoid it.I am beginner in all means to photography i started a flicker page can you please have a look on it give me some suggestion so that i can improve my skills. Thanks Ajeesh.

    please do main me your suggestion.

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  26. Hello,
    Excellent post. Thanks for sharing.
    I am new and would like to get some advice. i have stuck by my trusty d40 camera for quite a while now, but it has finally given up on me. I would love if anyone has any suggestions for what dslr i should purchase next? Like this Canon EOS Rebel SL1. I am studying photography at university, and i can spend up to £1000. Please help!


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  29. A good collection of starter materials.

    For bloggers I think for 2017 we will have to up our game to stand out from the many smartphone snappers out there. So DSLR will be this years thing (well, that’s my prediction anyway!)

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