I thought I would post a list of things I have learned that might help others learn from my mistakes. I will add to it as time goes by.
- Read your manual. If it’s too complicated, see if someone has written a book on your camera. I found “Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide” by David D. Busch on Amazon and its been much more helpful than the manual.
- Try to have your camera with you all the time – you never know what you will see.
- Keep the rule of thirds in mind when you’re setting up your shot. It will give you a perspective that you can change if you want – play with it, have fun!
- Carry a lens cleaning cloth with you.
- Purchase back-up batteries and carry them with you at all times. There’s nothing worse than seeing a great shot and find that your battery is dead. I speak from experience.
- Purchase an extra media card, or whatever file storage you need, and keep that with you. I ran out of room once and a card broke once.
- Remember to format your media card after a specific number of uses – I format my SD card every time I transfer the pictures to my hard drive.
- It’s not a great idea to fill your media card up – try to stop when you are down to 1-2 mb.