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    Care For Your Camera


    Camera Care and Handling

    From Peter Marshall,

    Care For Your Camera


    Read the manual that came with your camera, and look for any hints it gives on using your camera.

    Some general rules:
    • Always handle cameras carefully - they can be damaged by knocks, jolts etc
    • Don't leave your camera where it will be in bright sunlight all day
    • Cameras are relatively small and valuable - make sure to protect them from casual thieves
    • Protect your camera from rain and water generally
    • Avoid using your camera in dusty conditions
    • Avoid using your camera with wet or dirty hands
    • Take batteries out of your camera before storing it for more than a few weeks unused
    Cleaning your lens

    The first rule is not to get the lens dirty. In particular make sure to avoid finger marks on the lens.

    But be prepared for when you do get them. Buy a lens cleaning kit. You may find an actual kit but often it is better to buy these items separately - you should find them at any photography shop. The kit should include:

    • Blower brush to blow away loose dirt
    • Lens cleaning cloth to wipe lens - and a small ziplock or similar bag to keep it in.
    • Lens cleaning liquid to use sparingly on cloth when necessary.
    Most lenses have special surface coatings that can be damaged by careless handling. Only wipe them very gently with the cloth.

    Look at the lens or lenses of your camera carefully after each session you have been using it, and clean them only if they are dirty. Start by blowing off any loose dirt with the blower; brush gently to remove any that won't blow away. Use the cloth, moistened with a drop or two of the cleaning liquid, if there is any grease or dirt remaining.

    Protective Filter

    If it is possible to fit a filter on your lens permanently, it is worth buying a UV filter (or a 1A or 1B filter - there is little practical difference) and leaving it in place as a protection for your lens. The diameter of the filter needed may be marked on the lens or listed in the manual. Keep this filter clean in the same way as a lens, and replace it if it gets damaged.

    Holding your camera

    Almost all photographs will be improved by keeping yourself and the camera STILL while you are taking them. Some hints:

    • Whenever possible, stop walking and stand still, with both feet on the ground a reasonable distance apart. If you can lean against something solid, do.
    • Hold your camera with both hands, and press it against your forehead with your eye to the viewfinder. Only use the LCD on a digital camera if there is no alternative, or for close-up images. Keep your elbows in to your body.
    • Make sure your hands do not get in the way of lens or metering cell etc.
    • Press the shutter release gently and smoothly; on some cameras a half-press will start the auto-focus and auto-exposure, and you can hold it there until exactly the right moment to take the picture.
    Use your feet

    Feet, together with your brain, are a photographer's most useful accessories. Photography is largely a matter of standing in the right place and pressing the button at the right time.

    Decide before you expose

    Get into the habit of thinking while you are taking pictures- ask the vital questions:
    • What am I trying to photograph?
    • Am I in the right place to do it? (If not, use those feet if you can.)
    • Is the camera set right to do the job?
    Fortunately modern auto-everything cameras usually can take care of the last one for you, although with experience you could often do it better. Until you are pretty experienced at using a camera there is a lot to be said for leaving it on 'auto' or 'program' and concentrating on the first two questions.

    Of course the simplest cameras don't give much scope for settings in any case. That doesn't stop you taking good pictures. I've met photographers who have realised the chance of a picture when they have been without a camera, and have rushed into a shop, bought a cheap disposable camera and made the front page.

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    Informative sharing thanx.

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