About simplifydslr

I got my first DSLR camera in December of 2011 and have been scouring the web for resources that could help me how to learn to use it ever since. I have found a number of great resources that have helped a lot, but thought I would write about the things I am learning as a way to help others learn along with me. So come check it out and learn how to use your DSLR camera along with me!

Monitor Calibration

If you are like me as I am starting out, you have no idea that your monitor is most likely not showing the right colors.  Well, I should say I had noticed that the colors I saw on the screen weren’t the same colors as what came out of my printer.  I just wasn’t something I cared a lot about until I started to process my photos and spent a lot of time adjusting the white balance and doing some color correction.  This is where monitor calibration comes in and I will do my best to explain it without a lot of technical terms and provide a few suggestions on tools to use after the break. Continue reading


To SSD or not to SSD

This is not a post that will make up the series of backlog items I want to write about, but I learned something just this past weekend that I wanted to make a quick post about with the intention to make a longer post that includes video evidence of the effect changing a magnetic hard drive with an SSD had on the performance of a computer. Continue reading

Choosing a DSLR

After thinking about where to start, I decided it needed to be with choosing which DSLR to buy.  There are a number of choices all with different functionality and price tag of course.  In order to go through how I chose, it seems like it might be important to tell you a little bit more about my background because that has the most influence behind my choice.  Like a lot of decisions in life, there isn’t one right answer here.  Also like a lot of things in life, making a bad choice can be hard to overcome – unless you have more time and money than I do.

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Welcome to my new blog about learning how to use a DSLR camera. There are a lot of places you can go online to learn about DSLR photography, nearly all of them will have more experience and information than this blog. I got my first DSLR camera last December (2011), and I have been scouring the web ever since looking for help on how to use it ever since. I have learned quite a bit over the past 8 months since that time, but really it has pointed out just how much more I have to learn. For that reason I thought I would start a blog where I would record the things I am learning as I continue from here.

I plan to write posts as I learn something that is worth sharing, or find something particularly difficult that I can’t seem to figure out. Either way, I want to write about it in terms that should be easy for someone who has next to no experience with a good camera to pickup. We’ll see if it works out like I am thinking it will.

In my next post I intend to document a few of the resources I have found most helpful since I first got my camera. One thing I want to share right off is a video demo of how to use LightRoom for photo editing, because I wish someone would have had something like that available for me that same Christmas day when I opened up the camera box.