We’ve already talked about the must-have gears for a photographer and the best kind of camera lenses that work in every situation, but we never talked about the main ingredient in this mix of awesomeness that makes photography the way it is today – the DSLR.
Let’s talk about the king of camera, the DSLR and its soldiers, the components that make it the king.
Here are the basic components of a DSLR Camera:-
1. Body – The body of a camera is the main object needed as it is the thing that holds all the other components in place and makes them fit together so as to work in a dynamic fashion.
2. Lens – It is the round circular thing in the frontal center of a camera that helps in capturing a picture. It lets you zoom in & out as suited to the photographer. These things are not the only ones that come attached to the camera but you can find several other types of lenses that go with different situations for photographing that are basically detachable.
3. Viewfinder – The viewfinder is the little rectangular hole on top of the camera body and mostly in the center of the top. Viewfinders are the oldest component of a camera that is still used today. It can be found on almost all of the DSLR’s and mostly professional photographers use the viewfinder instead of the LCD screen to evaluate their pictures.
4. LCD screen – These screens are pre-fitted in a cameras’ body. These little screens help you view the pictures that you clicked and also evaluate the way you have clicked and the way you wanted to click.
5. Memory card – A memory card is what the pictures are saved in when clicked on the camera and that is what helps in transferring the pictures from the camera to a hard drive or a maybe computer. Memory cards are the most convenient way of storing photos if you are shooting outdoors. And also, they are easy to carry.
6. Flash – It is more recommended to use a flash at night as natural light is considered better to shoot in if you want to photograph from dusk to dawn. Flashes are of many kinds like, blast flash which can be attached to the hot-shoe of the camera and pop-up flash that is hand help and can be used as temporary alternative to a real flash light.
7. Shutter release – It is the action that captures an image in the camera. It is what allows the camera to capture appropriate light in the camera as to form an optical image. There are external shutter release buttons available in the market that let you click a picture with the camera without touching it. All you have to do is set the camera on a base like a tripod and connect the release with a wire to the camera and push the button when you want to click.
8. Aperture –It controls the amount of light entering the camera through the lens. The f-stop is the measurement used for the size of the lens opening – with a larger aperture or opening, more light passes through to the image sensor; with a smaller aperture, less light passes through.
9. Image Sensor – The image sensor is what collects and finally sends your final images to your memory card. It converts the optical image that you click, into a digital image for further edits.
10. User Controls – The user controls for a camera change according to the model of the camera. But there are some basic controls that you can find on any & every camera like, the auto-focus mode, the zoom button, auto mode, manual settings button, etc…
There are many more components of a DSLR camera but these 10 are the most basic and most needed ones. We’ll surely talk about the rest some other time.
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