Any aspiring photographers out there? You might not have realized it, but the library is a fantastic place to learn more about pretty much any hobby, and we have a huge photography section. Check out our catalog to see all our books about digital photography.
Digital single-lens reflex cameras produce the highest quality images and are what professional photographers use. The main differences are that they are bigger, have interchangeable lenses, and use a mirror-and-prism system. This allows the photographer to view through the lens exactly what image the camera will capture, as opposed to a viewfinder camera (what point-and-shoots use), where the displayed image could be different from what is actually captured. Although they do have automatic settings, to take full advantage of the camera’s capabilities you should use the manual settings. You can focus the lens manually or automatically and change other settings like aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. If you have a tripod or can rest the camera on a surface, this allows you to take high quality photos in low light, which you cannot do with a point-and-shoot camera.
If you’re curious to learn more, check out our vast collection of books on photography at the McAllen Public Library. You can also check out these online tutorials:
First Camera Crash Course
Digital Photography School Ultimate Guide
The most important thing is to just get out there and experiment! One of the best things about any digital camera is that there is no such thing as wasting film. So don’t be afraid to get out there and try it!
For some inspiration, check out some DSLR photos that this librarian-blogger-photographer has taken!