I Bought My First DSLR, And Now?

If you like photography, surely you’ve heard of the term DSLR, which is associated with large cameras with amazing results, in fact they have possibilities of incredible results …

I Bought My First DSLR, And Now?

Good, then before so much seduction you bought the your first DSLR in the hope of better pictures and found that she seems to have more functions than I would … This article is to help you better understand where to start your photographic journey, after all, can be challenging to know where to start, right?

What is a DSLR?

This is a question more common than you think, nowadays the advertisements for cameras increasingly opt to advertise them as semi-professionals or even professionals, even for models that are far from it, as the superzoons cameras, those meatier and that didn’t change lens, but that lead many to be in doubt if they are also DSLR and no, it’s not!

Simply put, technically DSLR stands for Digital Single-lens Reflex Cameras according to Computerannals.com, so they are also called Reflex cameras, and they got that name because they use a mechanical mirror system and pentaprism to direct the light from the lens to an optical viewfinder on the back of the camera. And that’s precisely what makes them so fascinating, the mirror shows the optical viewfinder (viewfinder) the real scene that will shoot.

The DSLR cameras switch lens, which increases and their potential. It’s like if you could change the tires on your car, and then he became an F-1 race car, or put special tires and get enabled to run rallies, for example, would be great!

So when we bought our first DSLR, they come with the most versatile lens possible, it would be our passenger car tire, you can’t do Rally, nor compete in formula 1, but you can walk, and the more we learn to fly, the better our result.

When we buy our first car, we’ve learned to drive, it does not usually happen when we bought our first DSLR, usually don’t have intimacy or with the camera, or with its main functions.

First Accessories

You’ve probably heard the term “Kingdom of Needs”, right!? Usually when we bought our first DSLR, it’s not just the camera that requires a purchase, as I’m talking to photographers beginners, I think that’s probably gone included a Kit lens 18-55 mm, usually. The lens is the first and primary accessory for a DSLR, Yes, it’s an accessory, you can buy just the body of a DSLR camera, if you already have a compatible lens.

I advise you to acquire some other accessories that are very useful, some serve both for you who want to shoot just for hobby and thinks of study no photo, or for those who think of entering the labour market and photographing professionally, regardless of the level of your first DSLR.

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Memory card – This is not optional, you will have to purchase along with your first DSLR, if purchasing in a physical store, great chances the seller already know what is the best card for the type of camera you’re buying, Yes, they can be of different technologies, but don’t worry, the manual of your camera comes saying exactly all the compatible types. You can find out in advance by reading the manual of the model you want to purchase, here in Brazil we have a Tips Photo “Photo Manuals Collaborative Bank” where you can do this quest.

Another important point that you need to be aware of is the size of the memory card, for professional purposes, ideally, are large, usually equal to or above and 64 GB, because it is expected that you shootRawfile format, which is much larger than our standard JPEG, and so it takes up a lot of space. If it’s only for hobby, depending on how much you want to photograph, usually cards of 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB is more than enough.

UV filter -to protect your lens from further damage in case of falls, and also of dirt and scratches, serves for hobbyists or future professionals and you will need a filter for each lens you have, especially if the diameter of the lens are different, as they need to fit perfectly, we bought for the same diameter indicated on your lens for this symbol ∅ the 18-55 mm Canon has 58 mm filter diameter, 18-55 mm Nikon 52 mm. Many lenses also bring this information behind the lens cap.

You can learn more about photographic filters here: “photographic filters, what are and what are they for?”.

Extra battery -more advanced Cameras usually have batteries that last long, the DSLR ´ s professionals last a lifetime, but every professional photographer has more than one! You can’t run the risk of losing any photos because of energy. I don’t know how long you intend to shoot continuously, but this is an accessory that is worth the investment, because even if you shoot for hobby, most DSLR cameras ´ use lithium batteries, which once charged completely discharge then and nothing better than during a trip to discover a brand new battery for a ride the next day quietly and leave the other loading in hotel , for example.

Case or backpack – Many DSLR cameras Kits comes with some case included, are usually simple, and it’s better than nothing, but if you can, invest in a more specialized case for your camera, with partitions and thought for her safety, my tip is that backpacks are much more practical, I particularly like the brand Lowepro backpacks, but there are good national competitors. If you’re photographing professionally, that item becomes indispensable.

Flash -flash is another important accessory, especially for those who want to enter the labour market, and the top brands like Nikon and Canon have evolved a lot in newer models, so worth the investment. If you’re shooting just for hobby, but want to study to get good results, it is also important to have a flash, and that you will discover as evolving in your photographic journey. Now, if you’re just shooting as a hobby, without compromise, as the birthday parties of their friends and more tours day and your first DSLR is newer, you probably won’t feel so need an external flash, since even if it’s not the best thing in the world, the flashes Pop Ups has evolved a lot, too. You can study more here “Guide for beginners: how to choose a Flash?”.

Rechargeable batteries – if you have a flash, you need rechargeable battery! Energy intensive flashes, and you have good results, you need to be always with batteries charged, so invest in at least 4 rechargeable batteries if you are a hobbysta, and 8 good quality batteries such as Sony, Lennar or Eneloop high amps between 2,500 to 2,700 mAh, if you’re thinking of entering the professional market.

Battery Chargers – if you purchase rechargeable battery, it is natural that needs a battery charger, I just separated this item because you have a very good charger, can be the difference in having cells that have a much greater lifespan, plus the ease of upload them separately, that’s right, there are 4 Chargers batteries that charge separately at the same time , so you don’t run the risk of damaging your batteries that were less used. I can’t live without my BC-700 from La Crosse Technology that I brought from the United States, but if you find anyone who has the same functions that he, like being able to visually identify the load of each battery and carry only what you need, in addition to zero the cell functions and reload several cycles, thus increasing the life of her , it’s worth it.

Memory card reader – This is an optional accessory, since you can get the images photographed by connecting your camera to your computer via a USB cable, usually provided along with your DSLR, the reader’s advantage is that they tend to be much faster to pass the photos, and depending on the amount of photo and the size of the files , that can reach for hours! The utmost care is to buy some to read the memory card type that you are using, and that his technology is faster than your camera.

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There are many other accessories, but these are the key that you need to consider when buying your first DSLR.

What to do First?

Well, I bought the your first DSLR, the basics, is charging the battery for the first time, always according to the manual for the camera, and put the lens, which is also explained in your manual, and that’s usually very simple.

They have an appointment on the lens and camera, then remove the CAP that covers the back of the lens and the front of the camera, just touch the two markings equal and rotate the lens, there are cameras that you turn the lens to fit right, and others on the left, in any model you will notice when the lens fitted perfectly.

First Adjustments

Once loaded and placed battery, memory card and the lens, Oh, and removed the CAP that covers the lens, Yes, until today from time to time I forget to remove this cap and it’s black:), we will turn the camera on and make the first adjustments. Generally set the date and time, it varies from model to model, some do not have this functionality, and again, only your manual will be able to tell.

In principle your camera is ready for its first photographs with your first DSLR. Probably the modes selector is in automatic mode and to photograph just press the shutter button halfway down to focus, and you will hear a “beep” indicating that the subject is in focus, and without taking your finger off the button, finished pressing and make your first photo!

I advise that this be done in daylight and in excellent condition, so you will surely ensure a happy memory of your first photo with your first DSLR!

Other settings that you must know

The most possible settings on a DSLR, varies according to the level of the camera (input, professional or semi-pro) and the scene modeselected (Auto, P, AV or TV), you can even do a test and look at the settings menu of your camera while you’re in automatic mode, then switch to manual mode and look again probably will be surprised with the amount of options that appear. And these same settings can change in accordance also with the brand of your camera.

Image quality

Well, then, assuming that you are with your first DSLR, probably will also be taking pictures in auto mode and in this mode some cameras allow you to make more adjustments, such as changing the image quality. If your don’t allow, it automatically adjusts for JPEG photos.

I personally think an excess of information, but you can choose between (depending on the camera model.) 3 JPEG sizes – small, medium and large – and three sizes of Raw, and various combinations of Raw small JPEG large, two small, etc.

The important thing here is to understand that you have a camera of many possibilities, so manufacturers offer both types of commonly used formats in photography: JPEG and RAW.
The JPEG is a compressed format, i.e. When you photograph in JPEG to your camera picks up all the settings that are configured at the time (has been made by you or in automatic mode) and saved in your photo within that format with the extension “jpg”. As this is a very popular format and also used by many images on the internet, all operating systems of computers can open and read without problems this format, that serves both to computers such as mobile phones, tablets, even a few TVs.
Already the Raw format – which means raw in English – has no compression type, saving much more information of light, colours, etc., of the scene than the JPEG, and obviously they generate much larger files, up to 10 x more, and are saved in your camera with extensions according to mark, for example, in Canon’s “CR2 ″ and Nikon’s”NEF “. This format needs a specific program to be able to open the file, usually the manufacturers send in a cd along with the camera with any application that allows this, and there are also other common programs like Lightroom, which is geared to photographers, who can read the Raw files by default.

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Which Format To Choose?

Again, if you’re shooting as a hobby only, and is not intended to delve into photography, JPEG is more than enough, but if you want to dominate your equipment better, worth studying on the Raw and all its possibility, right here in the Photo Tips Brazil I previously wrote about this format that I think it is important for those who are starting: “Raw , is this for me?” And if you are entering the job market, you need to understand how the Raw, why depending on the job, this format will allow you to truly professional results.

Which Size To Choose?

Here depends on your goal, I can’t use a size small, I always have the feeling at any time can do a picture epic, and discover that it is in JPEG and reduced size, gives me grief

True that the latest DSLR are getting with gigantic resolutions, so if any of your camera, you can reduce quietly if you are shooting as a hobby. The smaller size of most modern cameras are big enough for 10 × 15 prints of quality and internet postings, breaking, you save memory card and battery power. Now, if you thought about professional photography, I advise you to use the larger sizes always!

Burst mode or continuous shooting

Many DSLR cameras, even in automatic mode, allow you to adjust to “Burst” or continuous shooting. This mode is one in which your camera shoot several photos one after another as long as you keep the shutter button pressed until the end. Most DSLRs can do on average of 3 FPS (frames per second – or 3 pictures per second) to 8 FPS, but higher end models like the Mark II 7 d gets to do 10 FPS. As the size of the files are potentially high, your camera will have to record the pictures in the memory until you save them on your memory card, and it can have an impact on the time you have to wait for her to be ready to shoot again. But this mode is crucial to be able to shoot very fast scenes as moving animals, kids running or even kiss the bride.

Disadvantage? All DSLR camera has a shelf life that measured the amount of cliks she can do, so nothing of photographing everythingin burst mode. Read more about this topic here: “Shutter count – after all, how long does my digital camera?

Timer or Timer

This is an extremely useful and fit you might have used in a camera or even on your cell phone. Generally it is easy to access and the symbol is this:  Shoot the camera alone has several utilities and allows you do that selfie , ensures that you get in the picture with your friends, but who is starting, the biggest advantage is being able to shoot at night with less risk of blur the picture, of course there are many other things involved to achieve sharpness in picture, but try photographing at night in your room something property , that goes to a friend, without the flash, with the camera on top of some place like table, and put the self-timer (2 or 10 seconds), and note that the results are usually much better than when you’re holding the camera under the same conditions.


To your first DSLR can do a lot for you, there are a lot of settings and combinations for different results, but what I have listed are ones that I consider important to you start to have a minimum of results and be able to take pleasure in shooting.

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Good photos and we go together!


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