Got a Digital Camera for Christmas? Learn How to Use it Here

Got a Digital Camera for Christmas? Learn How to Use it Here

Digital camera sales look like reaching record levels this Christmas so with millions of new cameras in the hands of their new owners I thought it might be helpful to put together a series of tutorials that help new digital camera owners to get the most of their cameras.

Also keep in mind that our forums are a great place for beginners through to more advanced users to both learn about their cameras but also show off the photos that they take with them.

Also subscribe to our free weekly email newsletter to get digital camera tips sent to your inbox each Friday.

Here are some of our most popular tips for new digital camera owners:

Using Your Camera

Introduction to Exposure – How to Get Out of Auto Mode


Techniques and How To’s


Of course our archives are full of hundreds of tips and tutorials so once you’ve finished with these there are plenty of others to keep you busy for the next few days! If you can’t find a tip or tutorial to help you with your questions feel free to ask them in our forums

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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+.

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  • Wesly May 18, 2013 09:21 pm

    Thank you for your links of great articles. I have found this post very helpful. I am noobie in the photography world so this post really helped me to understand how does it work. I hope I will have time to get in to photography because I love it for now. Thanks

  • Brandon April 10, 2013 07:45 am

    A nice collection of helpful articles, thanks Darren for making such a great site ;-)

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  • Ashkanani April 24, 2012 04:56 am

    Dear sir,
    Thanx for this amazing website which i found it very useful, actually I bought a Sony NEX-7 I had no Idea how to use it and now thanx to ur topics I start using in in full manual mode and loving to work with my camera...

    one thing I am interesting in knowing it and I find no topic about it is that the focussing methods, my camera offers multi and center and moving focus mode, it will be very helpful if u can write about these modes


  • Jermaine February 23, 2012 05:51 pm

    Sometimes people look everywhere for something they think is worth a lot, well today i found and article that is worth more than gold. This article about learing new skills with your digital camera is worth a lot. I hopet his will benefit as much people as it has benefited myself. Thank you Darren!

  • Denise February 4, 2012 08:32 am

    Hi, I was givin a digital camera and i know how to use it, I just dont know how to develop the pictures i know it has a memory card and a ubc port that i plug into the computer but how to i pull the pictures up once i do that? they dont come up and i need help please contact me to let me know thank you.

  • Tarik Sparks November 15, 2011 09:05 am

    I was thinking about getting a Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V and I was just trying to find out if this was a good camera to start off with. I am really trying to get into doing more portraits and starting up my own business in the future. I just needed to know what what be a good camera to start with, also im looking around the price range of $300-500

  • Anjy October 17, 2011 03:51 pm

    Awesome write up. This indeed is a great help for beginners, who know the features of their latest camera but don't know how to make the best use of them. The posts and tips are clearly explained. Great work.

  • sunny January 27, 2011 05:14 am

    Dear all,,,
    i am found of nature and wildlife photography and love to go out in the wild and the remote places to take pictures,, m not a professional but i like it a lot,, i lost my sony H50 camera ,, now planing to buy a new one,, suggest me a good camera with a gud optical zoom feature,, i never used a camera with a manual lens , the new sony NEX series seems good but m always fond of gud optical zoom feature,, that it dosent have,, tele me more if i buy this camera ,, how would i be able to increase the optical zoom on that as i know we can change the lenses on the Sony NEX series,, also suggest me some good cameras available in the market ,,

    thanks & regards

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    my first digital SLR camera was an EOS450D, now i have an EOS550D which also shoots high resolution video "*-

  • Photography Studio Equipment March 26, 2010 07:12 pm

    Very useful site...a lot of good information for beginners. Will keep updated to ur site.

  • straw jack March 9, 2010 10:07 pm

    the old man was ver happy i think so, I thought it might be helpful series of tutorials that help new digital camera owners the owners will be well handle camera with fine because this camera will good abilioty life also this will handle evry easily also.

  • Annika March 9, 2010 03:02 am

    Really useful article!!

  • 14Xailel February 23, 2010 05:11 am

    Hello, I just wanted to say that I think there should be more of these types of websites to help people that are confused on how to set their camera for different conditions. But anyone who is trouble shooting (won't turn on, beeping, etc) their camera should seek help from their camera manufacture i.e. Cannon, Polaroid, Etc...

  • ibbe September 22, 2009 11:17 am

    wow, ur articles are really helpful. im new to using slrs and the layman style is a real relief. thanx... and keep up the excellent work.

  • Olan Pays August 27, 2009 01:10 am

    I always recommend this site to my friends for the great tutorials on how to use their digital camera wisely.

  • Leslie May 28, 2009 12:12 pm

    Same here about the i834. This is lame. Definitely a manufacturing error. Never getting a P camera again.

  • SLR User April 5, 2009 03:35 am

    great site. i particularly like the tutorials. i recommend everyone to go for a prime lens!!

  • junaid January 29, 2009 11:03 pm

    I have a BENQ DC C-700 but i have a problem that when i take photographs in indoor it will turns the image to black
    plz help me

  • Pam January 14, 2009 04:43 am

    Way to go Horace! I was thinking the same thing as I read through the comments. The author of this site has taken the time to give a TON of AWESOME and VERY helpful information and yet it seems people don't want to take the time to read it.

  • greenpower January 13, 2009 12:24 pm

    Your article is very comprehensive, but i want to know some thing about camera batteries

  • Laura January 5, 2009 09:34 pm

    After many years of admiring photography by other people, my favourite being Christian Fletcher I have finally been able to buy myself my very own DSLR Camera (Canon EOS 1000D) your website is really helpful and has already taught me a lot of things that i never knew existed on my camera. I will be a regular visitor!

  • Horace December 24, 2008 11:17 pm

    Have any of you gotten a response to your demands? I hope not You're all so rude... "send me a personal email", "help me asap" etc. Google is your friend. Use it.

  • halle December 17, 2008 01:17 am

    Thanks for the post, I have been having the same problems.

  • dslr admin December 2, 2008 05:56 am

    wow..very good info.thanx for those info :)

  • Angle November 30, 2008 03:28 am

    My Polaroid i834 wont turn on. the green light flashs and the blue screen pops up and it beeps 3x and turns off... can u help me fix it?

  • angela September 19, 2008 07:26 am

    i got a phillips digital camera and when i go to take a picture it says lock?? what do i do?

  • gucci September 17, 2008 01:48 am

    hi i think you website is very helpful.....i used it to help me learn mi new camers thanks...somuck

  • Fred Urbanovsky September 2, 2008 01:24 pm

    I'm looking for info on actual Digital SLR settings for photos such as high speed sports.

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  • leighann June 8, 2008 02:57 pm

    Hey my i834 beeps at me too. the lens is out and im not sure what to do. i will take it to a camera shop tomorrow but this is insane....

  • pati bagert June 1, 2008 12:51 pm

    I just recentley got a polaroid 634 and tried to download my pix from my office computor but it said card error now my camera makes a funny noise and won't let me take any pix are they lost to me? answer ASAP.

    Thank You

  • zull May 1, 2008 05:02 am

    Definitely a good guide for newbie like me

  • Graeme April 13, 2008 06:52 pm

    I am taking a joy flight on a tiger moth aeroplane.
    I'm not sure what setting on need on my CANNON EOS 20D.I have a couple of different lenses eg. Cannon EF 75-300mm and Tamron 18-200mm. Suggestions for which lens to use and the correct setting for best results.

  • Shayla February 25, 2008 09:37 am

    My polarioid does the same thing, it beeps 3 times and shuts off. I am starting to think its a manufacturer error and regret getting this camera.

  • Ashley Z February 15, 2008 10:47 am

    my new camera-Polaroid i834, keeps beeping at me. It won't turn on. it only flashes a green light and beeps three times. It has new bateries and i tried changing the memory card. What's wrong?

  • Troy December 28, 2007 09:29 am

    Hi, I am new to digital slr cameras. I was wondering if you knew of anywhere that I can download tutorials for using and taking pictures with a digital slr in a pdf format?

  • Joyce November 24, 2007 04:01 am


    You have a very helpful and useful guide on digital cameras. I would just like to know if you have any advice on how to get a great shot of swarovski jewelry using a polaroid i834? Thanks so much!

  • Vijayakumar November 4, 2007 09:41 pm

    Dear Sir,
    Your website is very useful. Recently i bought a Canon Powershot G7. The problem is that i can't take macro photos when i use macro mode. Could you please send me a personal email giving tips to set my camera in macro mode.