How to Know Your Camera

The camera once bought and in your hands, the next thing to do is to

become thoroughly acquainted with it. With your camera you are entitled

to a little book of instructions. Take your camera and the book, sit

down alone, and give them your entire attention. Read the book carefully

and, at the same time, carry out the instructions while the camera is

unloaded, that is, without the film. If the size of the diaphragm can be

changed, change it and look into the lens to see the effect; also try

adjusting the shutter and watch the lens for the effect of instantaneous

and time exposures. Try the focussing scale, locate some image in the

finder, and practise holding the camera pressed closely against your

body, pointing neither up nor down, tipping neither to one side nor the

other, but aimed directly at the object you are supposed to be

photographing. Then try turning the key which brings the film exposures

into position.

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