- What type of camera do you have? Is it a phone camera, point-and-shoot camera, bridge camera, mirrorless camera, or DSLR? Write down the model (for example, Nikon D850 or Samsung S23 Plus).
- Look up your camera’s manual online (most can be found on the camera manufacturer’s website), or, if you have a phone camera, look up information about the camera in your phone. It may be a lot of technical mumbo-jumbo, but we’ll get to what it all means before the course is done. If the phone doesn’t say what type of camera you have, look at the settings or do a web search about your phone.
- Browse through the manual or do a web search: Does your camera/phone allow you manual controls? Can you manually change the f-stops (aperture), shutter speed, ISO (exposure), and/or white balance? Does it have changeable lenses?
- If you have more than one type of camera (say, a DSLR and a smartphone), take both (or all) cameras to shoot the exact same scene or subject. Take a few photographs with each camera on Auto or Program mode (in other words, just use whatever settings the camera wants to use).
- Move to a second location with different lighting conditions (preferably with less light). Note the difference in handling the cameras, in framing, and in how they respond to different lighting situations.
- After you return home, view all of the pictures on a laptop or computer. Which ones look the best? Did they look this good on the LCD display screen or phone? How did the different cameras handle the different lighting conditions?