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Real World Digital Photography, 2nd edition by Tim Grey, Seán Duggan, Katrin Eismann

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The Camera Manual

An important item to carry in your camera bag is that often forgotten, sometimes lost, inevitably dog-eared instruction manual. Unless you purchased a used camera that didn't have one, all cameras come with a manual. Familiarizing yourself with it is one of the most overlooked yet most important parts of using your camera to its full potential. Although it may be human nature to pick up a new gadget and figure it out as you go, you should take the time to read the camera manual from cover to cover.

Digital cameras are actually small computers that boast a wide array of buttons, features, and settings, and in most cases the instruction manual is the quickest way to find out how a certain feature works. Ideally you should sit ...

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