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How to Use a Digital Camera

  • Your camera’s user manual! After you know what you want to do, the manual should tell you how to do it.
  • —The On-line Library of Digital Photography
  • How Stuff Works — a technical view of digital photography
  • Digital Photography School — I love the article on how to choose a photography class.

How to buy a digital camera — Google this topic, as there are many approaches. Even if you already own a camera, it’s good information. And this year’s models have so many more functions than a 3-year-old camera that it might be time to upgrade anyway.

  • CNET advises to think first about how you’ll use your camera — good idea!
  • Crutchfield has a good description of megapixels, stabilization, and scene modes
  • PC World with video and a discussion of camera types and functions

The Top 8 Digital Camera Newbie Mistakes to Avoid — Not just for newbies!!! This article also has some great links to subjects such as cameras for dads and travel security.

All photos © Susan Cole Kelly.

Susan Cole Kelly is a compulsive shutterbug based in Boston and downeast Maine. You can see more of her work at

Updated Wednesday, February 23rd, 2011

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