Give Your Camera Manual a Second Look

Give Your Camera Manual a Second Look

If you’re anything like me, when you get a new digital camera you start out with the intention of reading the manual that comes with it from start to finish but after pulling the camera out of its box and charging it up you get a little carried away with your new toy and the manual gets put aside to look at ‘later’ – never to be picked up again.

I suspect I’m not the only one who ignores reading manuals. I guess i do it because:

  • I’m impatient
  • I’m a know it all
  • I get frustrated by reading ‘basic’ information
  • I like to learn by doing rather than reading

The result is that I have a little pile of digital camera manuals in the back of a drawer that I only pull out in an emergency when i can’t work something out.

This morning I came across this little pile of maulals and decided to delve into one of them – not because I had a problem – but because I wanted to see if I really knew everything there was to know about my camera.

I’ve been using my little Fujifilm Finepix F30 as a second camera for a couple of months now (and really enjoying it). I thought I had a pretty good grasp on the camera and have gotten some great results from it – however….

Today on reading the manual I discovered 5 or 6 new features that I’d not seen previously. None of them were earth shattering things (I had discovered most of what the camera had to offer intuitively) but they were things that unlocked new levels of potential in the camera that I’d overlooked and that made it even more functional and useful to me.

Do you read digital camera manuals? Are you missing some of the potential that’s in your camera by not reading them? Might it be time to dig out your camera manual/s again for a refresher course?

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Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.