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If your camera could talk, it would probably be grateful for some of the things you have shown it since you are together, but it could also want to get your attention. Here are a few things it would probably say.
The LCD screen is not a very good reference
Many photographers have developed the habit of checking the LCD screen after each photo. One of the terms used to describe this is “chimping” because they go “oooh” after reviewing the shots. Jokes aside, the screen on your camera is not the best way to judge a photo for a number of reasons. First of all, reviewing exposure can be very tricky as it depends a lot on where the camera is being used. If you shoot at midday when the sun is at its brightest, you might think the photos are underexposed. Shooting in low light may cause the opposite effect and give you the feeling of overexposure. The high resolution screens on today’s cameras are pretty good, but you could still have unpleasant surprises when you download the images and have a look on a proper monitor. Try to rely less on the screen for viewing the photos and more on the histogram and whatever you do, stop checking every photo. I think you’ll find it to be more distracting than beneficial.
Shooting the sun is hazardous
Taking photographs of the sun is potentially very harmful to your camera. It could permanently destroy your sensor or leave it with spots that cannot be removed. It’s also dangerous for anyone using a camera to stare directly into the sun, as blindness can occur in seconds. The mirrors inside the camera can amplify the effect of the light, so be extra careful and arm yourself with ND filters.
The kit lens is not of equal quality
Most consumer DSLRs are available with kit lenses. The packages are often very attractive and are good investments when buying your first camera. However, almost without exception, the lenses that are supplied with the cameras are inferior in quality. They are usually made entirely of plastic and the optical performance limits the full potential of the camera. Buying a proper lens can cost just as much, or even more, but if you want the best available quality, the two elements should have equal capabilities.
Don’t leave me alone in the car
Many people make the mistake of leaving their valuable camera bags in their cars while going grocery shopping or taking the kids for a walk in the park. However safe you think the neighborhood might be you should stop doing it. The internet is full of complaints from people whose cameras got stolen from their cars and you’d be surprised how many of these incidents happen with the car parked outside their house. A camera bag is always tempting for burglars because it’s obvious it carries valuable goods. That doesn’t mean you should transfer your gear to a cheap, plastic bag and still leave it on the back seat. It might be mistaken for something else and would make a bad guy’s day if he found your expensive DSLR instead of whatever else he might have expected. Make sure to always take your gear with you or at least lock it in the trunk where it’s not screaming “take me, I’m worth a lot!”
Formatting leaves very little chance for full recovery. Erasing all images might bring more hope.
Accidents like these happen. Erasing all images by mistake can be very frightening, yet all hope is not lost. There is data recovery software that can help you recover most or all of the photos. However, if you format the memory card, it’s a different story. Both processes eliminate data from the memory card, but formatting is a more in depth process and therefore, recovering lost data can be a lot more challenging. It is not impossible, but it requires a lot of patience, good software and a certain amount of luck. Simply deleting all images will create more space, but data recovery from an unwanted deletion should be a little easier. Mind you, this is how thing generally happens, but there are no guarantees when it comes to data recovery.
Salt water means danger
Taking a camera to the beach might get you some great photos, but it could also permanently damage your camera. Salt is pretty much everywhere near a beach, not just in the water, and exposing a camera ( especially when changing lenses) can cause corrosion of the internal mechanisms and electronic contacts. The ugly part is that the symptoms can occur a few days or even weeks after the prolonged exposure to salt and it might happen without any warnings; your camera just dies. Unfortunately , to my knowledge, most warranties do no cover this kind of damage, unless you have insurance, so next time you head out to the beach, make sure your protect the camera and take it out of the bag only when you’re sure you want to take photos.
Take it easy with that trigger finger
Just because your camera has a high frame rate doesn’t mean you have to shoot 5 images for every one image you want to capture, especially when photographing static scenes .Camera manufacturers guarantee a certain number of shutter releases but there is no way to ensure the shutter will not collapse before the guaranteed number of actuations is reached. It will be covered by warranty if it’s the case, but why have your camera sent to a repair service before time? Constantly shooting at high frame rate causes the wear of the shutter to happen a lot quicker than regular use, so my advice to you is to try and use this high speed ability only when it’s truly necessary.
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