dSLR tips for professional-looking photos

Get more out of your dSLR camera with tips and techniques from CNET's The Fix. Find out how to choose a lens, shoot photos of fast-moving pets, and even take a picture by simply clapping your hands.

With so many settings, accessories, and techniques at your disposal, getting started with a dSLR camera can be a little daunting. To make things a little easier, we've rounded up some of our favorite getting-started tips on this episode of CNET's The Fix.


Start by trading in your kit lens for something that will better suit your needs. In this segment, I ventured out to one of Oakland's best restaurants, Bocanova, to show you which lenses are best for food photography, portraits, and landscapes. Plus, my favorite overall lens that won't break the bank.

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Then Donald gets cuddly with a bunch of puppies at Wags on Polk to show you how to take the best pet photos. If you can't get Fido and Rex to sit still, find out which techniques can be used to capture them in motion.

And if you're looking for a better way to capture photos, Eric shows off an accessory that lets you snap a photo by simply clapping your hands. Best of all, you get to watch Eric take action shots of kickboxing with Jay, a trainer at Sobekick in Emeryville, Calif.

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