Read The Manual

So you’ve just bought your latest piece of kit and can’t wait to use it. A camera, lens, tripod head, filter or piece of software, etc.

But then disaster strikes as you cannot work out how to use it correctly. Hands up those who’ve thought the gear was broken? I’m sure we all have at some stage but the easy answer to your problem is to read the manufacturer’s manual!

The manufacture went to great trouble designing that piece of equipment, then wrote a manual giving you an indication of how it will work.

Yes, it might be boring to read through those introduction pages but quite often, they will give you that little extra enabling you to get that little bit more from your gear.