How to Use a Digital Camera

Terms like megapixel and optical zoom can seem perplexing at first, but these simple steps, like a camera flash, can shed light on the situation.

You will need

  • Digital camera
  • Storage device
  • Patience
  • Instruction manual

Step 1 Learn about megapixels Learn about megapixels. A megapixel refers to the resolution of the image a camera takes, or the dots that make up the quality of the image. The larger the number of megapixels, the higher the quality.

Step 2 Adjust quality settings In the menu, adjust the quality settings of the camera. The higher the setting, the better the picture, and the more space each picture will take up on the storage card.

Step 3 Understand zoom Understand the difference between optical zoom and digital zoom. With optical zoom, the lens physically moves, and zooming in does not change the picture quality. With digital zoom, the picture is being cropped in, which results in a loss of quality. Change to your desired setting in the menu.

Step 4 Insert the batteries Charge and insert the batteries for the camera. Look whether your camera takes a unique battery or standard batteries that can be bought at any store.

Step 5 Take a picture Snap a picture.

Step 6 Store your pictures Become familiar with your camera’s storage device — cameras store pictures on SD cards, compact flash cards, memory sticks, and XD cards. Each camera takes a specific card.

Step 7 Play with the settings Play around with the exposure, flash, and color balance settings on the camera. Most cameras also have a mode menu that has predetermined settings for portrait, landscape, and action pictures.

Step 8 Consult the manual Consult the instruction manual to learn about all of the features specific to your camera.