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The Digital SLR Guide: Beyond Point-and-Shoot Digital Photography by Jon Canfield

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2. Mastering Digital SLR Controls

It might surprise you to know that digital SLRs share many of the same features as their compact digicam cousins, but in an odd twist of irony, it’s often easier to access most of the controls on a digital SLR than on a compact camera. Where the digicams tend to force you to go through multiple levels of menus on the LCD screen to get to settings such as ISO, aperture, and shutter speed, the SLR has quick access via buttons or dials to let you make changes while you shoot without distraction.

In this chapter, I will show you the common controls that you’ll find on most digital SLRs, with special attention to the controls you’ll find yourself accessing frequently.

Using Program Mode

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