Three Things

Three Things You Should Never Do With Your Camera.

Here are the three things you should really avoid!

Don’t leave your camera in your car.

(The first of our three things, I’m guilty of this one.)

Three things you should never do

It’s not just the danger of your camera (and gear) being stolen, it’s also that, if you leave yo

ur camera gear in the car it can get too hot or too cold.

The electronics inside your camera are incredibly delicate, and depending on the season, they can freeze or fry. Nether of these two options are good.

The image sensor, in particular, is extremely sensitive, so leaving your camera in your car exposes it to increased danger of suffering from extreme temperatures.

It’s not just the sensor that can suffer, either. You might find that after a hot afternoon in the car that your LCD and other electronics don’t work too.

So, if you’ll be away from the car for awhile, take your gear with you, or better yet, if you won’t be using your gear, just leave it at home!

 

Don’t Shoot One-Handed

(I’m guilty of this one too.)

Shooting one-handed is only inviting a disaster.

Without a stable base, your camera is susceptible to camera shake. Camera shake occurs from the minute movements of your body as you hold the camera, and those movements are only amplified with you shoot with just one hand.

But, it’s not always possible to have a tripod handy, so if you have to shoot handheld, at least give yourself a better chance of a sharp photo.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and angle one foot outward to increase stability.

Tuck your elbows into your chest, too, to help prevent your arms from moving as much as possible.

Finally, get a firm grip with your right hand on the camera grip and place your left hand under the camera body as shown above.

This optimizes stability for the camera and will get you a sharper photo. 🙂 You’re welcome.

 

Don’t Turn Your Camera On and Off

(Alas, I’m guilty of this one as well. 😞)

Though it might seem strange, constantly turning your camera on and off will kill the battery much faster than if you simply let it go to sleep.

That’s because each time you cycle from off to on, the LCD, the sensor cleaner, and other electronics suck power out of the battery.

Instead, just let your camera go to sleep, and if you need to shoot again in quick order, simply wake it up.

You can determine how long your camera stays on, too, ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes.

Check your camera’s owner’s manual for specific instructions regarding how to change that setting.

 

I hope this quick post has been helpful to you! Remember to treat your gear with respect.

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Eneloop Battery

Eneloop Battery Regular Rechargeable Whites

I felt the need to write this review because I have a lot of photographers, both beginners and pros, ask me what kind of

batteries I use in my speed light and my flash triggers (transmitter/receivers). Batteries are a tricky subject. Often, they can be really expensive and not really put out very good results. So let me start at the onset of this post and say that I have used many different batteries for my photography equipment – from low-end disposable batteries from Dollar Tree (the worst), to the very best (in my opinion), the rechargeable Eneloop Battery by Panasonic.

One battery that I spent a while using, before the Eneloop Battery (pronounced: ANY-loop), was the Energizer Recharge® battery. These were very good for short photoshoots and portrait sessions, however, when it came to weddings, they just couldn’t hold up. I found myself changing them out of my speed light 2-3 times at every wedding. I just don’t have the time for that. On top of this, the speed light recycle time was not very great.

With the Eneloop Battery, the recycle time is virtually instant when the batteries are full, and then the recycle time lags about .5-1 second once the batteries become worn out. They come fully charged, from the factory, which is something that you don’t normally see in electronics or batteries.

Eneloop Pro rechargeable battery

Now, the Eneloop Battery is a little more on the pricey side when it comes to something like batteries, however, they’re not much more expensive than the Energizer Recharge® option. One key thing to keep in mind when buying rechargeable batteries, is to make sure you get the set with the charger the first time you buy them. Otherwise you’ll be buying some really expensive disposables! Haha!

Now, the Eneloop batteries come in two options: the regular version (white) and the pro version (black). With the regulars, you have a very strong, reliable battery that boasts up to 2100 recharges and lasts 5 years (or longer). That’s pretty amazing. With the pro version you basically have a rechargeable battery on steroids. While the pro version only boasts 500 recharges and a 1-2 year life, they really make up in the area of performance. Which, let’s be real, is the reason they have a significantly shorter lifespan than the Regulars

 

If you want to look into buying your own set of Eneloop Rechargeable Batteries whether they be the Regular (White) or the Pros (Black), simply click one of the photos above!

Stay tuned for more awesome reviews and posts coming soon! To see more of the equipment that I use, please visit my Store.