So someone special listened to you and got you that new camera outfit you'd been looking at. Where to start!
Number one congratulation! Even if this is a used body or lens, it's important to learn to use it as a tool to aid your photography endeviors.
Now, put a camera card in your new gear and go our and shoot, after all, it's calling to you. One you get that over with its time to do a little learning, and remember, the learning is ongoing!
What next, read the manual. Yes, it may seem boring, but remember if you have the necessary down pat you'll feel more comfortable out in the field. And believe it or not, you may find a tip or trick. Hint, some folks like to keep it with the other reading material in the bathroom, so you get to it.
On to what way you should save your image files. I would strongly suggest Raw file format. As quite frankly it gives you the most out of your camera, and the files are uncompressed, and also captures maximum image data, which in the long run give you more flexibility when you go on to process your images. If you've not done any Raw file processing, it can be a more complicated than with JPEG"s. So if you new to this, you might want to consider shoot both in RAW and JPEG as to quickly share your JPEG images. Note, you will require more space on your memory cards and hard drives, but the payoff, to begin with, is worth it.
Next post, how to start out shooting and why. Getting organized and learn your cameras limits!
I'm a photographer who loves animal photography. Trying to capture that perfect moment is a passion of mine.