Congratulations! The holidays have brought you one of the most fun gifts around; a new digital camera! Maybe it was a gift or maybe you bought it yourself. Be it a DSLR or a Point and Shoot, the excitement of unwrapping a new camera is usually followed by trying to understand all the controls, impatiently charging the battery and maybe, just maybe, reading the manual. Now that it has been a few weeks and you are hopefully getting accustomed to working your camera, let’s take a look at some great ideas from the DPS archives of what to do with your new gift.
- First, let’s get you holding the new DLSR correctly
- How about testing out the Macro capabilities of your camera?
- Now take some photos of the flowers you may have around
- Combine those last two and learn to take macro photos of flowers
- Looking for inspiration? How about Five Photo Ideas for Shooting Close to Home
- Your new camera has automatic focus, but did you know there are times when manual focus works better?
- Is the weather outside not cooperating? Here are 5 Photo Projects for a Rainy Day
- Get outside if the weather clears and take some photos of the Northern/Southern Lights
- Or, create some star trail photos
- Further help with jump starting your creativity
- All excited to do some studio work? Here’s how to set up a simple studio in your own home
- Then shoot some shots by candlelight.
- Any spiders around this time of year? Here’s how to shoot their webs.
- If you are feeling really gutsy, take a crack at stop motion movies using your new camera
Photography, for me, is all about having fun, experimenting and learning. While there are many great websites out there, DPS has a wealth of wonderful tips and tools for the beginning photographer. If you are new to the website in the past year or so, take a look through the archives as there are over 2000 published posts! Better yet, try the search box near the top right side of this site to find what you are looking for faster.
Enjoy your new camera and happy shooting!!