Quick Tip: Go Read Your Camera Manual

When we get a new camera, most of us will at least skim through the manual and play with the buttons. Some of us will read the entire thing in one night, but that’s besides the point. After owning a camera for about a week or two, the manual gets filed away somewhere out of sight. This is all fine, and we generally don’t need the manual to take photos and learn new tricks.

But if you’ve owned your camera for a while, you might consider digging out that old book and giving it a quick read. When your camera is brand new, you probably scanned over or skipped over some things that didn’t seem important to you at the time. Things like advanced menu functions, external control settings, and camera specific quirks all seemed like unnecessary “extra fluff” — to a new camera owner anyways. You told yourself you’d go back to it after you got the basics down. But you didn’t, did you?

So my advice is this: crack open the manual and look for things you might have skipped over when you first opened the box. You might just find something in there worth reading.

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About Brian Auer

a photography enthusiast from North Idaho. He's also the guy behind the Epic Edits Weblog. As a hobbyist photographer since 2003, his passion has been to constantly improve his photography skill set, to share his own knowledge with others, and to become an integral part of the photographic community.

3 thoughts on “Quick Tip: Go Read Your Camera Manual

  1. Grums

    I still carry my manual with me. The manual is so small it fits in the pocket of my jacket. It’s because I have a teflon brain.

  2. Andrew Ferguson

    I keep my manual in the side pocket of my camera bag. Admittedly, I haven’t read it much but it’s still there for when I need it :)

    I’m also a sufferer of ‘teflon brain’.

    And Grums? I’m totally stealing that term, it’s way clever :P

  3. Brian Auer Post author

    I keep the quick-guide in my camera bag, but I’ve never needed to use it — mostly because it just has the basics in it. I left the full manual out of the bag because it’s a frickin’ book, so it’s kind of interesting to go back to it every once in a while.

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