James – the first lesson as you get started as a photographer is to thoroughly know your camera, inside and out. Why? Because when you’re out shooting, you are going to want to know where everything is, what it actually does, and how to navigate your way around your camera quickly and easily. On the outside of your camera is a solid body, lens, viewfinder, and lots of buttons, knobs, and dials. On the inside is a very sophisticated computer with lots of menus and settings. Also inside is a rectangular plate called a sensor. That plate is covered with very special coatings and pixels and is the place where your images are captured. So how do you become thoroughly familiar with your camera? The best way is to read the manual that came with it from cover to cover. You may even find a video tutorial that takes you step-by-step through every feature. By going over your camera with a fine tooth comb, you’ll know every button, dial, knob, menu, feature, and function, and how to quickly make changes and adjustments when needed. So grab your manual (with camera in hand) and start to read it from cover to cover. You’ll be glad you did. I’ll be in touch in a few days with your next lesson.