So, you just got a new bright and shiny DSLR camera for the holidays and now you have no idea how to take care of it. Or maybe you’ve had one for a while and figure now is the time to start caring for it properly because you don’t want to have to buy a new one for a long time. It’s fun to take pictures in and around Atlanta anytime of the year. Each season has a different personality and poses challenges.
Caring for your camera isn’t hard, all it takes is a little time and a basic understanding of how this device and its components work. Let’s take a look.
It all begins with the lens. You might already have more than one, that’s great. Clean each lens with a very soft cloth that does not scratch the surface of the lens. Use products that are designed to clean a lens, they might all come in one kit. Lens cleaning kits can cost as little a few bucks, keep a few on hand. Sometimes dust may become trapped in the filter of the camera. Remove the lens of the camera, keep a blower handy that will be used to blow off the dust; make sure that you do not use the brush end because this will damage the filter. Go to the set up menu and select the mirror lock up option and follow the instructions on the screen. When you see the debris clogging the filter, turn the camera downwards and use the blower to remove the dirt. It is important not to touch the filter or try to clean it with a cloth.
Protecting the Lens
Photographers are divided on the issue of whether to use a lens filter or not. A lens filter will give some added protection to the lens and can serve other purposes as well. You may want to start with a polarizing lens and see how that works out for you. Give one a try, they aren’t that expensive.
Protecting the Camera
After use, store your camera in a bag with lots of protection and always remember to replace your lens caps, both front and rear. Never leave your camera in a place where it might be exposed to moisture or extreme hot or cold temperatures. Also remember that humidity is not your camera’s friend.
If your camera came with a lens hood, feel free to use it. It may help your lens from getting scratched and will reflect some of the glare out of your pictures.
Depending on the cost of your camera and photography equipment, you may want to insure it. Check your current homeowner’s insurance policy and see if you need to list it to be covered.
If you are using Li-Ion rechargeable batteries, they prefer a partial recharge rather than a full discharge. Therefore, don’t feel you need to drain your battery all the way down to 0% power. Store your battery in a cool and dry environment.
Read the Instructions
More than likely, your camera came with a user’s guide. Read and study it as it will tell you what every little button and setting means and is used for. Feel free to get creative and try different settings, but don’t be afraid to refer to your manual if you have questions.
Have fun taking pictures in 2012!