Digital Photography Quick Tips

Digital camera shutter button: Use it correctly

Written by Gail Bjork

Pressing down a digital camera shutter button in the right, two-step sequence will help ensure getting properly exposed photos and minimize blur due to camera movement.

Shutter buttonUsing the shutter button correctly on a digital camera is so important that it’s the first thing you need to learn. In fact, we consider it so important that we’ve mentioned the technique many times throughout Digicamhelp.

The sequence is entirely different that when using a film camera.

Two step process

Two-step shutter release button

Simply put, using the shutter button on a digital camera is a two step process:

  1. Press the shutter button half way down to lock focus and exposure.
  2. Press it completely down to take the photo any time after focus confirmation is achieved.

Consequences of not pressing it down correctly

Failure to press the shutter button down in the right sequence can result in improperly exposed photos. It can also cause blurred photos due to camera shake.

If you’ve never used a digital camera before, practice this two-step sequence until it becomes second nature.

All digital camera manuals explain the technique so check yours for addition information.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

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