Essential Upgrades for Beginner DSLR Users

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Your Manual
If there is anything I wish people did more often, it would be reading their camera’s manual. Going to the index of your manual and searching for “wireless flash” is a heck of a lot simpler and less of a hassle than getting on the phone with a customer service rep of some sort or going through your cameras menus to have to find something yourself.

The manual was written to help you be able to make the most of your camera and perhaps it will even help you to realize that the camera is a lot more powerful than you previously thought.


The next time you have a question about your camera, try to rely on yourself and read the manual instead. Otherwise Googling, “How to switch my camera into aperture priority” could become commonplace for you.

An Extra USB Cord
Not every computer has an SD or CF card slot. The best bet is to just get another USB cable of some sort and just connect the camera to the computer. Be sure that the computer can read and process the RAW files from your camera.

A Photography Instruction Book, Course or DVD
Getting an education in how to create and shoot better photos is perhaps the biggest upgrade that you can do for yourself. The learned information is always invaluable. Courses encourage students to go out there, make mistakes, and learn from them. Experience is the best teacher, but guidance of some sort can always help.

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