In This Chapter
Unveiling the secrets of foolproof exposure
Metering for fun and profit
Finding the advantages of self-exposure
In terms of buttons, dials, and controls, comparing a typical point-and-shoot camera with a digital SLR is like comparing a hang glider to a Boeing 787 cockpit. Certainly, the more sophisticated option has more controls, but most people find it easier to flip a switch and shift a control than to yank on a lever, lean to the right, and pray.
Because you can do so many different things with a dSLR, the learning curve is a bit steep. Fortunately, your digital 787 has an autopilot — programmed modes — that can fly your photographic aircraft for you until you can ease into navigating solo. But you may find all those controls daunting at first. You might have four or five exposure modes to choose from; a half-dozen different ways to focus; and the ability to fine-tune details, such as white balance, sharpness, contrast, and color. Because you're a more serious photographer, those options are probably the reason you bought a digital SLR in the first place.
Okay, champ. You have this incredibly versatile gadget in your hands. How can you make it work? This chapter helps get you started with the toughest of the tough: exposure and focus.
If you're lazy or not up to using your brain on ...