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Tips and Tricks for Using Your New Digital Camera

Did you wake up Christmas morning to find a brand new point-and-shoot or dSLR camera sitting under the tree but not quite sure how to use it (or at least all those features)? Got the camera mode permanently set on 'auto?' Not quite sure what to do with white balance, ISO, and aperture? The folks over at digital Photography School have got you covered -- they've gathered together several easy-to-use tips and tutorials for getting the most out of your camera, whether you're a seasoned vet or new to all things photography.

There are 21 tips in all, and they range from camera care and photo composition to understanding that always tricky concept of exposure. Been taking photos by looking into the preview screen with your arms extended? You might want to check out their quick and easy tutorial on how to best hold a digital camera. Pressing the camera to your face and stabilizing the body with your hands is a sure-fire way to cut down on blurry shots without having to lug around a tripod. Pictures still a bit blurry? Jabbing away at the shutter button often shakes the camera, so practice softly pressing and releasing the shutter while you're snapping.

If you're just starting out with a new camera or even photography, don't miss the tips on composing elements within the photo frame via the rule of thirds and the discussion on picture modes (macro, landscape, portrait, etc...) that come on most cameras these days. Switch off 'auto' mode -- it'll be OK, we promise -- read a bit about what your camera can do, step away from the computer, and start experimenting! [From: digital Photography School]

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