How to read the camera manual

A few days ago, I published the post about : Read the manual for your camera/gear where I was encouraging you to get familiar with your DSLR and learn every feature/control of it.

I was reading last night a few tutorials on my iPhone before going to bed (and yes, I keep reading tutorials and posts about photography since I am convinced that the learning should continue everyday of our lives) and I found a quite nice article about How to read the camera manual on Nikon website. I know, I know, that I am a Canon guy (as explained on my previous post) but concepts about photography are universal and I am not blocking myself to Nikon website tutorial where I found very interesting articles.

The article about How to read the camera manual, explains that we shouldn’t read the manual as a novel from cover to cover instead we should be referring to the manual when information or more detail is required according to the situation. This article has changed the way of how I will be reading manuals (not only my camera’s one) in general. Just to summarize, reading an instruction manual is not a one-off event, you will need to read it several times.


Does a good photograph need a good camera?

When I was looking to buy my first DSLR, I read a lot of posts and reviews about the current options by that time in the market. After a long hours in front of my laptop/tablet, my list was short to 2 brands: Canon 60D and Nikon D7000.

Why did I chose Canon over Nikon? Well, the reason itself is good enough for another post but in summary: I played with both on my hands and I felt like the Canon camera was made exactly for my hand. Technically both were very similar with pro’s and con’s but for me the decision-made reason was how comfortable I was with the gear on my hands.

How important is to have the best camera to get a good photograph?

As I commented on Leanne Cole’s Photography post about ; Up for discussion – That’s a great camera, many people believe the answer is to buy the latest and most expensive DSLR camera, if only it could be simpler pointing it in the right direction and pressing the shutter release to get a good photograph but, as every aspiring photographer should know, expensive and latest DSLRs have little to do with meaningful photography, and knowing or understanding the camera (DSLR) is only the first step of the journey (as I mentioned on my post about Reading the Manual).

“The poetry of photography will always be more important than the mechanics of the camera… you see the picture is taken with the eye, the heart. The most sophisticated camera in the world can never replace this.” – JACQUES-HENRI LARTIGUE

I couldn’t agree more with the citation above, the hardest part of photography – and I believe the most important – is to develop a sense of purpose, through an idea, a viewpoint or an attitude; you need to remember that you are trying to tell a story through a photograph so people can be engage and understand what you are trying to express.