You might think this is really dumb, but take a few seconds to read this over and make sure that you are giving yourself the best chance for great images. Many people hold their cameras in a fashion that is either unstable or just plain uncomfortable- looking. Learning the correct way to hold your camera now will result in better images later. The purpose of practicing correct shooting form is to provide the most stable platform possible for your camera (besides using a tripod, of course).
The basics of properly holding the camera begin with grasping the camera body with the right hand. You will quickly find that most of the important camera controls are within easy reach of your thumb and forefinger. Keeping the camera as close to you as possible will help stabilize it—and while you will usually use the LCD screen (as opposed to the viewfinder) to frame and focus your shots, there are still a couple of things you can do to reduce self-induced “camera shake”: support the camera with your left hand, and draw your elbows as closely to your body as you can. This helps stabilize your shooting position.
Deleting or erasing images is a fairly simple process that is covered on page 28 of the manual. To quickly get you on your way, simply press the Playback button and spin the Control dial until you find the picture you want to delete. Then press the Image Erase button—the one that looks like a trashcan—just above and to the left of the Control dial. Select Erase, and
then press the Set button (Figure 1.11).
Caution: Once you have deleted an image, it is gone for good. Make sure you don’t want it before you drop it in the trash.