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.)
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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