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Chapter 1. Capture Your Life Visually > Getting to Know Your Camera

Getting to Know Your Camera

Using the correct camera settings for the situation ensures that you'll get a proper exposure—that is, that the photo will realistically represent the scene as you saw it. The highlights in the image will be white, the shadows will be black, and the colors will look natural. This is often as simple as selecting Auto or Automatic and letting the camera use its own best judgment. But understanding and using the various options on your camera enables you to perfect the exposure in certain circumstances, such as difficult lighting and extreme close-ups.

Taking a Digital Picture: The Basics

You'll want to know how to turn the camera on and off, how to aim (through a viewfinder or by using an LCD display), how to zoom in and out (if your camera offers that option), and how to focus and shoot. Generally speaking, the basic procedure is this:


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