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Digital single-lens reflex camera. The photographer can see the motive before taking an image by the mirror.

Digital single-lens reflex camera

When taking an image the mirror will swing up and light will go to the sensor instead. A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film. The reflex design scheme is the primary difference between a DSLR and other digital cameras.

In the reflex design, light travels through the lens, then to a mirror that alternates to send the image to either the viewfinder or the image sensor. The alternative would be to have a viewfinder with its own lens, hence the term "single lens" for this design. The design of DSLR cameras[edit] Like SLRs DSLRs typically use interchangeable lenses (1) with a proprietary lens mount. Phase-detection autofocus[edit] DSLRs typically use a phase-detection autofocus system.

Features commonly seen in DSLR designs[edit] Digital single-lens reflex camera. First camera crash course: simple solutions to master your new DSLR. So you bought your first camera… now what do you do?

First camera crash course: simple solutions to master your new DSLR

If you’re struggling with your first steps in DSLR photography, rest assured you’re not alone. And we’re here to help. Whether you’ve just bought your first camera or just need to brush up on your shooting skills, we’ve got an all-in-one guide to getting to grips with your new DSLR. We’ll start off this photographic crash course by explaining – in simple terms – how exposure works, so you can capture perfectly exposed shots every time with your first camera. We’ll show you the importance of choosing the best aperture and depth of field for different subjects. We’ll also reveal all you need to know about shutter speed, for freezing subjects or capturing a sense of movement in your scene. Then we build up to focusing, to help you get sharp shots whatever you’re shooting, and how to avoid common autofocus pitfalls. First Camera Crash Course Lesson 1: Aperture explained Wide aperture Narrow aperture What is depth of field?

15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers. Everyone loves cheat sheets, and photographers are no exception.

15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers

Squeezed into a set of short tips, schemes, and definitions, a cheat sheet is a quick way to learn something, as well as refresh your knowledge about any particular subject. Moreover, now that infographics are an extremely popular format of delivering information on the Internet, cheat sheets can also be a source for visual inspiration. Here is a large collection of some noteworthy cheat sheets, infographics, and printables for photographers. From shooting basics to photography marketing tips, every aspect of photography is covered in this round-up. No matter whether you’re an amateur or an experienced professional, below you can find some really helpful resources, all presented as easy-to-read checklists, infographics, and printable cheat sheets for your advantage. Enjoy this compilation and don’t forget to bookmark this page for quick access to this exhaustive cheat sheet list. Photography Tech and Creative Process. How to set up a camera for the first time: 11 things you need to do first.

If you’re new to photography or just bought a new camera, you may need a few tips on how to set up a camera for the first time.

How to set up a camera for the first time: 11 things you need to do first

Our head of testing Angela Nicholson is on hand with all the information you need. SEE MORE: First camera crash course – simple solutions for mastering your new DSLR How to set up a camera: 01 Charge the battery Unless your camera takes AA batteries, the first thing you’ll have to do after opening the box is charge the battery. In some cases there will be a battery charger supplied, which needs to have the battery inserted and then be connected to the mains, but some batteries are charged inside the camera via a USB connection.

All the necessary cables should be in the box with your camera. SEE MORE: 4 ways to extend the battery life of your camera How to set up a camera: 02 Format the card Once the camera battery is charged and inserted, pop the memory card in its port. SEE MORE: Best memory cards for cameras – 9 top options tested and rated.