If you are fortunate enough to have a new camera in hand, either because it was brought to you by the wise because of your birthday, or because you have finally saved enough to get this “object of desire” (maybe after one (long seek time), you may be impatient to get it out of the box and take a photo of yourself, but be careful because you should do a number of previous tasks to make sure you feel well and the best make of it.
This is especially important if your first camera is “in conditions”. In this situation, you will get some tips to start with the right foot and not lose any time. And if your case is different, you already have experience and this is not your first camera, you’re also interested in knowing a few things so you can quickly adapt to the new model.
Whatever your case, these are the first seven things you should do with your new camera :
Read the manual
Yes, I know it seems obvious, but we will not tire of recommending that you read the manual, although we know that many of you will skip this advice.
We understand that sometimes you can be impatient, even that almost all manuals start the same, with the most basic ones, so it will take you a long time to “enter the subject” and end up boring. However, you can learn a lot, especially if it is a different model than before.
If you read the manual, you can use it more quickly, discover some options you did not even know existed, or learn to personalize it to make certain functions easier to use. Even if you have a lot of experience, I assure you that you can be surprised by reading the manual.
To make reading more comfortable, we recommend that you do it with the camera next door to try out some of the included features.
This is especially useful for understanding some new features that the model may have and to which you are not accustomed.
In addition, we strongly recommend that you download the manual of the camera in PDF format (if that is not already), as you may lose it over time (visually impaired or materially), and you can quickly fall back on it in doubt.
Dive into the configuration
If you read the manual carefully you will have already started with it, but in any case, this is an inexcusable task that you must do with any camera you take for the first time. Browse all the menus of the camera , look at each of the options to know what they mean (sometimes you’ll need to have the manual by hand), see how you use the things you usually use when you take photos (how to change the balance of white or ISO level) and adjust the parameters to your liking .