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Chapter 3. Camera Anatomy

3. Camera Anatomy

Holding and Controlling Your Camera

Photography is a physical act. In addition to the physical act of seeing, you have to manipulate your camera to get the framing and settings that you want. If you’re in a rapidly changing situation, or if you’ve spotted a scene that’s soon going to change, then you have to be able to make changes to your camera’s settings very quickly. For these reasons, it’s essential that you have a thorough familiarity and understanding of your cameras controls.

So just as artisans need to know how to coax the behavior they want from their tools, you need to understand what the different settings on your camera do and why you might want to configure them in a particular way. Just as importantly, you need to be able to make these adjustments quickly and efficiently without breaking the “flow” of your shooting.

In this chapter, we’re going to build on what you learned in Chapter 2 and explore the handling of your camera a little deeper. Along the way, you’ll learn a little more about its inner workings.

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