When I get a new camera, it is so much fun to open the box, dig in for the camera itself, attach the strap (or not), and run outside to start taking some photos. That’s always my fi rst instinct, but what I should do is pull out the manual, sit down on the couch, and start reading and learning about all of the new features that my camera has to offer. Sounds boring, right? Well, maybe it is, but it ends up saving me time in the long run if I know more about my camera from the start.
If this is your fi rst DSLR then you might be a little bit overwhelmed by all of the different features in the 7D. Manuals tend to tell you a lot of “how,” but not a lot of “why,” and jumping straight into the manual may initially do more harm than good if you’re not sure where to start. If you don’t have a grasp of the general settings, then some of the information in the manual won’t really have any meaning.
Poring Over the Canon 7D