Free crash course in DSLR
July 5, 2011 8:16 PM Subscribe
What is the best resource for giving yourself a crash course in using a Digital SLR camera? Food photography tips also appreciated.
posted by sunnychef88 to Media & Arts (9 answers total) 66 users marked this as a favorite
I've been taking pictures with a pretty good point-and-shoot for the past three years, and editing them in psp to clean 'em up. My photos look pretty darn good this way (I'm a good artist I guess?), but I know you need a DSLR for that super high quality shot, and that "zoom" and blur mode. I saved up like crazy and bought a used Canon 40D (~25K shutter actuations) with a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens
based on the recommendation of a blog with amazing food photos. I'm on a time crunch and need to learn how to use this thing within the next week. Where should I turn to? Is there some sort of condensed manual to explain this stuff to total amateurs [with short attention spans]? I'm not an instruction manuals kind of person, and seem to get the hang of things rather quickly by just tinkering around. Please don't recommend a forum, since I could hyperfocus and be on there for hours
. That's why I'm asking for something a little more targeted in terms of its information.
1. Any resources (preferably free - I'm a po' student) that could tell me exactly what I need to know about DSLR photography, without excess background info or boring details?
2. Any essential tips you have for using a DSLR to photograph food?