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It's playtime!
Ok. Let’s pick up a DSLR and explore photography in a hands-on session. As every brand of camera operates differently, I’ll just go through the settings and you’d have to figure out how to set a function on your own camera.

Start by ensuring that your batteries are fully charged and you’ve a memory card in your camera. Turn the camera on and format the memory card (check first that you do not have any unsaved images inside).
The camera menu is an important part of any camera, because that’s why you access many of the functions. Be sure that you are familiar with the menu, layout and contents so you are able to change the settings of the camera.

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Check that you are shooting in JPEG mode, so that you can view your images easily on your computer later on. And ensure that your file size is set to Large – you do not want to set the file size to Small, thinking that you can squeeze more images onto a memory card. The images will end up being usable only for your computer’s wallpaper with such a low resolution!

Next, make sure that you have set the camera to autofocus, and set the ISO setting to ISO 400. There is a White Balance setting, so just set that to Auto for the time being. There are a lot of controls you can set, but for now you’re ready to rock and roll!
All you have to do now is to remember to remove the lens cap, turn the exposure dial to aperture priority or shutter speed priority, and you’re off shooting! The aim of this lesson is not to create great photos (yet), but to let you have a hands-on understanding of aperture and shutter speed effects. You should also change the ISO speed settings to see how it affects the aperture and shutter speed combinations.
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