Getting started is easy That’s all for now… and plenty to be getting on with. Welcome to the world of creative photography. If you’re still struggling to take it all in, you really shouldn’t worry. Photography has now evolved to such an advanced technological state that the camera can do most things for you and you’ll always get a result – a result that you can learn from, develop and improve upon. Take your time, use Program or the scenic exposure modes at first, use auto-focus, use auto-white-balance and shoot JPEGs. Just make sure you note what’s happening in the viewfinder readout, and when looking at your finished pictures, take time to check the ExIF (Exchange Image File) data tagged to the image file – it records all the technical details. You’ll soon begin to see what camera settings and photographic techniques bring out the best in different subjects. You don’t need a computer either – just pop in to your local high street photo processor and slot your memory card into their in-store digital printer. Save the files to CD at the same. Or get yourself a direct-photo printer that has built-in slots to download your camera’s memory card, preferably one with a small LCD screen so you can preview your images. These printers even have simple software incorporated to eliminate red-eye, to zoom in, or to lighten and darken your prints. These printers are cheap, couldn’t be easier to use, and can turn out superb A4 enlargements to show-case your talent. Good luck!