The photos we take with our smartphones today are of the best in the history of smartphone technology. Your phone’s camera may be all you have just starting out and that is okay, however, the best device you can use to capture your images is a DSLR camera. Mirrorless cameras are pretty good as well but, the DSLR  has the most available accessories and options

Picking up one can be super intimidating at first, but once you get familiar with the different settings and buttons you will be okay. For me, I was hooked and was really interested in learning how to shoot manually and so I read and did my research ( actually the learning never stops if you ask me, and that’s the best part).

Here is my guide for all the stuff you need to know about your DSLR camera; I currently use a Canon Rebel T6i  and I will break down the importance of everything you want to know about your camera based on my own research and gained knowledge from shooting.


An image sensor is what captures light and converts it into what you see when you’re looking through the viewfinder. The image sensor can is the film for your DSLR; it detects and records your image.


Controls how much light gets in your lens. Aperture is measured in f-stops. The lower the f-stop, the more light is able to come in through the lens vice versa.  Adjusting aperture also can manipulate your image using depth of field. Which is the cool blurry background you see in most youtube videos?


The amount of time the image sensor is exposed to light. The smaller the fraction, the faster you shutter will take the picture. The bigger the fraction, the slower the shutter which can create long exposures.


Controls the sensitivity of the image sensor, the higher the ISO, the grainer the image. which allows you to use your camera in darker situations. You may experience some grain in the image depending on the type of camera, lens, and setting your using. ISO  can also manipulate shutter speed.

*  In a nutshell, These three modes are what allow you to create the type of image you want and they all correspond with each other to create great images this is usually referred to as the exposure triangle. Tweaking one can affect the other so be sure to adjust each one individually.



In this mode, you are in control of all the settings of your camera; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO are all up to your preference.


All you have to do is set the f-stop and the camera will set the shutter speed. (Works for auto and Manual mode.


This one is similar to Aperture Priority only difference is that shutter is the focus.


Allows your camera to operate on more of a point and shoot method. All you have to do is aim, push the shutter button down halfway, wait for the beep to set focus and then click it to shoot your shot.


In this mode, the camera selects the best aperture and shutter speeds based on how much light is going into the camera.


This is for shooting videos, obviously; you can adjust the aperture and ISO to your preference.


Your DSLR camera is pretty useless without a lens, some professionals have expressed that the camera body is nothing; it’s really the lens you use that counts. A Prime lens is one that only has one focal length; telephoto lenses are long and they give you a big focal length with a narrow field of view. Keep in mind that different lenses have different f-stop ranges and so the setting of your camera with different lenses will change.

I hope this post helps you better understand your DSLR camera. If you have any additional questions on camera settings or anything photography related please feel free to leave them in the comments of this post and I will be sure to answer them the best that I can.

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