How to: beginner’s guide to DSLR photography

After many many years as a bit of a tech-phobe, I’m finally learning the ins and outs of photography, mainly because pretty much any time I am outdoors I spot things that I want to shoot (foxes, landscapes, umm, interesting leaves…). My trusty compact digital cameras have served me well when taking photos for the blog, but in my current incarnation as assistant on the launch of shiny new Nikon magazine N-Photo , I’ve made the (huge, scary) leap to DSLRs.

Beginner's guide to DSLR

Beginner’s guide to DSLR

Perhaps sensing that my ignorance was so great that if I can understand this stuff, anyone can, I was tasked by my editor with writing a five-part ‘getting started’ guide to using Nikon DSLRs. If you fancy being told in idiot-friendly terms what does what on a DSLR and *gasp!* how to actually take a photo with one, check it out.

PART 1: The Basics
Beginner's guide to DSLR

PART 2: Taking a photo

PART 3: Camera settings

PART 4: Essential kit

PART 5: Different lenses



  1. March 15, 2012 / 11:25 pm

    This has to be the most in-depth guide on DSLR photography I’ve ever come across. Great work!

  2. Jemma
    June 26, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Thank you for such a comprehensive guide for a dslr newbie. Excellent!

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