Most people who Switch over from compact digital camera to DSLR are using it with auto mode as it is very convenient and easy. Yes you can achieve very good images by this but unlike compact digital cameras there is lot more to explore in DSLR cameras. Here are some tips to get the max out of your DSLR.
Using ISO To Your Needs
Auto ISO setting is good and it does the job. But knowing more about it can help you achieve good quality images. I use higher ISo say 1600 for indoor with low light and during night. And in the range of 300-700 during day light and during very briteshine sunny day you can go for below 300.
Get a Comfortable tripod
For long exposure shots, its difficult to shot by hand without shaking. So you need a good tripod you are comfortable with. So for long exposure shots you can place it in the tripod and you just need to click it. For more perfection you can use the timer or remote.
Controlling Shutter Priority and Aperture Priority
Shutter Priority determines how long your camera shutter is open to take a picture. You can control the shutter speed to take different type of pictures. For example for capturing an object in motion you need to increase the shutter speed, so the image is captured clearly. But if the shutter speed is low it will result in an image blurred showing the movement. So use it creatively.
Aperture priority helps you control the size of the aperture in your lens. It means you can control how much your lens is exposed. If you increase the size of the aperture it can result in a well exposed photo.
Using Photoshop Wisely
Knowing photoshop can give you an edge in your photography. Sometimes doing a little photoshop makes your picture astonishing. Photoshop is a another big topic but its not rocket science, play with it.
Get High Memory
Use a 8 or 16 gb memory card, so you dont have to worry about space. Always click more shots and you can choose the best one.
Join photo sharing sites like flickr, so you can showcase your talent and you can get valuable info from others to improve your skills.
Get Quality Lens
Many will be content with the stock lens they bought with their camera. But the stock lens is mostly cheap and will not do justice for your picture. Just get a high quality lens to use with your DSLr and you wil know the difference. If you are planning to buy a new DSLR, do some research on the lens and get a good one instead of the stock lens.
There are always lot more to try new things in photography. Instead of taking the regular pictures think of some new methods and shots. Be creative and different thats what make your picture stand out in the crowd.