You were so excited when you opened the box to your new camera. You carefully laid out all of the included accessories, got it all charged up, ready to take photos, and then got so stuck trying to figure what to do next! I’ve put together some next steps for what you need to do now that you have the camera of your dreams.
Step 1: First things first, charge that battery.
It may seem like a no-brainer, but make sure the battery is fully charged before putting it into your camera.
Step 2: Snag some extra SD cards.
I have quite a few SD cards. I usually have 5 with me. I shoot a lot of sessions and don’t always upload the photos to my computer right away, so having a lot of cards is essential. There’s nothing worse than running out of space on your card, so either buy a large one or a few to have handy. I keep mine in this little case for convenience.
Step 3: Pick up an equipment bag.
You need to have a good bag to keep your new camera and all of your goodies in, and you need to make sure that the bag will keep it all safe. I have the Think Tank Lily Deanne Mezzo bag, and I love it! It’s sleek, full of pockets, and big enough for all of my equipment. There are plenty of camera bags out there to choose from. Backpacks, bags, you name it, you can find it.
Step 4: Brush up on camera vocabulary and techniques.
ISO, aperture, shutter speed, focus, bokeh, aspect ratio, depth of field… it’s like learning a whole new language!
You’re trying to learn how to use your new camera on your own, but it’s daunting, between searching YouTube for information and reading lengthy articles on how to use your camera…The TRUTH is, when you’re new to photography, you don’t know what you don’t know – so all that time you’re spending searching Google and YouTube could be the very thing that’s keeping you STUCK and running in circles. You want to learn the secret to taking control of your camera today.
If you want to start out on the right foot, check out my Beginners Photography Essentials. I break learning photography down in a simple, easy to follow, actionable way that will have you taking better pictures in just the first week…I guarantee it!
Step 5: Practice, Practice, Practice!
I tell my student to have their cameras in their hands every day! Skills are like a muscle. You have to work those muscles, or they become weak. A photography project helps you flex those muscles and inspires you…who doesn’t need to be inspired!
Learn how to use your camera, practice and have fun! If you want to learn more about using your new camera, join my Facebook Group or come join The Beginners Photography Essentials Program!