Get a new digital camera for Christmas? How about a new speedlight (flash) or lens? I strongly suggest you take the time to read the equipment’s manual like this young women.
Manuals hold the secret to every switch, button, toggle, menu item, range, capacity and dial. They are not what I would call entertaining works of literature. Have the equipment with you as you go through it. Check out the locations on the equipment and any firmware (menus). Knowing the equipment will help when you are out in the field using it. In fact, I would carry the manuals with you whenever possible. Most manuals are available to download from manufacturer’s websites to put on computers and mobile devices.
Like any good tradesman, knowing your equipment, the tools of the trade of photography, the better you can use them. Take the time now before frustration sets in to learn all about the technological marvel you own to create your vision.
What did you get for Christmas or any other holiday this year? Did you give yourself a present?