Beginners Guide to DSLR with the Canon Collective

You’d think with us running a website we’d be absolute guns at taking photos. Well, you’d be wrong. In all honesty, most of the time we leave our settings on automatic, point, shoot, and hope for the best. That’s all about to change. Man of Many was lucky enough to attend a photography boot camp hosted by the Canon Collective team on the last day of the Sydney Vivid festival last week.

light and shadow paper image on the hand

After kicking off with lunch at Graze at the Museum of Contemporary Art, we were handed our EOS 750D Cameras to play with for the day and set off on our way. Here’s what we learnt from the experts at Canon.

food on the table

Photography is all about light, and your job as the Photographer is to balance the technical and creative effects of three fundamental settings; Aperture,  Shutter Speed and ISO.

sunny day capture

 all functionality of camera


Aperture refers to the diameter of your lens opening, this value is commonly referred to as an F-STOP, the larger the lens opening, the smaller the value assigned to the F-stop number. For instance, F2.8 is a wide lens opening and lets a large amount of light into the Camera in comparison to say F22, which produces a narrow lens opening. In addition to regulating how much light travels down the lens and to the sensor, your aperture impacts your depth of field.

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Shooting at wider apertures will typically produce an image with a shallow depth of field, demising the details and clarity in your background. This is a great option for when you wish to minimise the details in the background, and creatively separate your foreground and background. Alternatively, if the details in the background are important, to extend your depth of field shoot with narrow apertures.

front road of sydney opera house

canon camera front side

Shutter Speed

Shutter Speed is all about duration and time, it refers to how long your camera’s sensor is exposed to light. Your shutter speed can also be used creatively to establish a sense of movement within a still frame, You can both freeze and capture movement with your Shutter Speed.

shooting slow exposure building

Next time your shooting, perhaps try slowing down your shutter speed to create a sense of movement. To ensure your camera is perfectly still during a slow exposure a tripod is also a great accessory, a cable release can also be another great accessory when shooting slow exposures.

 side view of flyover bridge

back side view of camera


ISO adjusts your camera’s sensor to detect more or less light, by increasing your ISO your camera becomes more sensitive to light, but be mindful that as you increase your ISO you also increase the potential for noise in your resulting image.

people sitting beside the river

The creative outcome of an image is often determined by how you use your aperture and shutter speed, in such cases, adjusting your ISO will help you to balance your creative ideas with a nicely exposed image.

flyover bridge

Don’t be scared to experiment as the creative possibilities are endless. Just remember, your exposure is all about balance, if you change one setting you will need to compensate by changing another setting otherwise it’s likely you will produce and under or overexposed image. Becoming familiar with your camera’s light meter will also assist you in balancing your exposure settings with the available light.


night time capture of sydney opera house

opera house party time

sydney opera house located on the water

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