Learning Your Camera's Manual...

Updated: May 16, 2019

Winter time, especially this nasty winter, is a good time to grab a cup of coffee and become familiar with your camera and it’s user manual.


No taking pictures of wildflowers today !

The manual that comes with most cameras is very small, and hard to use in my opinion. Mine measures out at 4 inches x 6 inches, great for fitting into a camera bag but very hard to read at my age.  And when you are out on a photo field trip you don’t want to waste precious time and, more importantly, good light, trying to find the answer to your question buried in all that small print.


This is the size of my camera's manual.

   If you are like me and so many other people, you spend a lot of time on your computer/laptop. I find this an easier medium for me to read on since I can control the size of the print and the brightness of the screen. So whenever I get a new camera, I  download the user’s manual of my camera onto my laptop. And when I go on a photo field trip, I put the laptop in my camper.


When I was working with some club members in Sandpoint, Idaho, I downloaded their manuals and printed them out on 8 1/2 by 11 inch paper, hole punched the sides and placed them in 3 ring binders. This made them easier to read, and they could make notes in their manuals when we were discussing the particulars. This worked well when the manuals were on the thinner size, but now many manuals are 300-400 pages and expensive to print out. So, I recommend you download your manual into a file on your computer and use times such as these to familiarize yourself with it.


Where can you find these manuals?  I have located some sites on the internet, and here are the links to those sites.

Canon cameras:  https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/support/user-manual-library

Nikon cameras: https://downloadcenter.nikonimglib.com/en/index.html

Sony cameras: https://www.sony.com/electronics/support/cameras-camcorders

Pentax cameras:  http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/download_manual.html


You may have to “ step “ your way thru the site to get to your camera model, but most of them seem easy to navigate through. Your camera may not be one made by above companies, but if you google “ user manuals free downloads” for the model of your camera, you should find what you need.


My next blogs will be covering sections of these manual; the camera body and all it’s buttons, the menu section, etc. If you want to follow along, download your manual soon.

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