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Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the best DSLR camera for a beginner photographer?

There is no one camera that is better than another, but for a beginner a camera with an auto-focus and auto-ISO mode will be helpful as you learn the ins and outs of SLR photography. There are several beginner models on the market. Even these basic models can become more complex by adding additional lenses.

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Why aren’t my background blurred and my subject sharp?

One of the key selling points of a DSLR camera is the ability to take a picture where the subject is front and center and very sharp and the background is a bit blurred. This creates the look of a professional portrait and is the effect that users usually want. If the background isn’t blurred, use a larger aperture setting.

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What is a focus assist beam?

Most DSLR cameras have this feature available. If you are taking a camera in low light conditions, the focus assist beam will highlight the subject within the LCD screen, so you can ensure you are getting what you want into the frame of the picture.

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What is a TV-Shutter Priority setting?

TV-Shutter is one setting to try when filming sporting events. Essentially, you set the shutter speed and the camera will automatically set the aperture. The result is crisp images, such as a basketball player dunking the winning shot, with the crowd blurred in the background. 

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When should I use auto-mode?

Not all DSLR cameras come with auto-mode, but the majority of beginner DSLR models do come with at least some automation features. Auto-mode makes the decisions for the user about light conditions, which shutter speed to use and many other fine details that can mean the difference between a high quality photo and one that isn’t decipherable.

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What does a flash diffuser do?

In low light situations where you want to use a flash, you may wind up with a menacing shadow behind the subject. A flash diffuser spreads out the light and reduces shadows, creating the effect of a silhouette, where the subject is sharp against a dark backdrop.

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Is it better to use the LCD screen or the viewfinder?

There really isn’t a correct answer to this question. Which one is better to use depends upon which one works best for the photographer. If you like to view the images as you take them and make sure you captured the shot correctly, then utilizing the screen is an excellent way to get instant feedback. However, holding the camera away from your face to take the shot usually results in less stability while using the viewfinder creates a steadier shot.

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How do I lock in on a focal point?

In a particularly busy photo, it can be difficult to get the camera to focus on what you want and make that image sharp and other images blurry. Most DSLR cameras have a feature where you can center the subject of your photo and then press the shutter button half-way down, but not all the way. You then hold the button in this position, move the camera to capture the frame you want and push the shutter button the rest of the way down. The result is a subject in focus, even if it isn’t centered in the picture.

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