>>2747682 fret not. RAW shots are supposed to be ass and flat right out of the camera. It's up to you to make them bloom in the editing program of your choice. Most prefer lightroom. Go to your curves and raise the highlights and lower the shadows and see just how much a difference that makes alone. Continue from there.
RAW files are huge because they contain a shitload of information for you to manipulate. If you notice, JPEGs turn to shit really fast when you try to edit them. Always shoot RAW
>>2747049 On laptop so I can't post any of my own pics to add any credibility but keeping the camera locked at M then just messing with the settings for a few weeks helped me a ton I now tend to shoot only in manual, its only three numbers anyway- my beginners cheat sheet would be: ISO: Take a few shots, keep upping it until you see noise in your images; then stay below that setting. Its the gain of your image sensor
Aperture: This is mostly used to adjust the depth of field in your shots (amount of image in focus), with a smaller aperture giving a shallow depth of field. Its denoted by F on your screen. It determines the size of the lens opening, if you go to video mode and manual then adjust the aperture you can see it increase and decrease in size in real time. Arguably has the most obvious impact on a photo (all other things held constant).
Shutterspeed: Usually adjust this to match the other two values, leaving the sensor open longer = brighter shot. Big F numbers and ISO's mean you've gotta keep the lens going for a couple seconds or more. This is also used in night shots where you leave the lens open for a while to get a starry background.
Shoot in RAW and you can adjust whitebalance later, its pretty handy.
Ignore the exposure meter for a bit so you get a better 'feel' for the camera, it helps you make better judgements when it comes to shots- especially critical ones that don't stay still.
Before anybody gets up my ass this is just a basic babbies intro guide
I have a Canon Rebel T5i. They're fairly similar. My first tip is shoot in manual. Aperture controls the depth of field, but also the brightness, so most of the time, keep the aperture as wide open as possible. For ISO, keep it low, don't go above around 1600 in lowlight. ISO controls the camera sensor's sensitivity to light. Shutterspeed changes the exposure time, obviously....
Sorry if you mentioned it earlier, but what are your lenses?
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