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Take good care of your digital camera

29 January 2011 | In Tips | 427 views | By

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Won a new camera? Then follow our Tips to keep it running for much longer.

You won a new camera for Christmas? If you had the luck, Here are some things you can do to make the most of their new "toy", No matter the model.

Read the manual

It should be obvious, but there are few people who read the user manual that comes with the camera. There is nothing wrong in trying out and discover the features on their own, but I strongly advise that you find the time to read the manual in the first month with her. But there is a "right" way to do this.

fotografandoMy recommendation is that you arrange an afternoon free from appointments or distractions and sits on a comfortable armchair with a cup of hot chocolate, your camera, a pen and the manual. Start flipping through it: you don't need to read carefully all pages, or will end up sleeping.

Each section, identify what it is and wonder if you know whether or not to use this function. If you know, Skip to next section. If you don't know, read carefully and immediately grab the camera to test what you have just learn. If you do so you will better understand the information, e se lembrará delas mais easily quando precisar.

When you find a resource that you do not know how to use, take notes on the back of the manual. Is will "glue", so you don't have to browse the entire manual to remember how to format the memory card or change the pattern of light measurement. You can also jot down ideas about how or when to use a nice feature but obscure, as the "compensation". And enjoy the chocolate.

Swap the lenses

If you are the happy owner of a new D-SLR camera, I suggest that we start thinking about increasing his collection of lenses. One of the biggest benefits of an SLR is the interchangeable lens system that allows you to modify the focal length according to the scene being photographed. I have three lenses: a 105 mm macro lens for photos of nature in close, a lens of use General from 18-200 mm that I take to everywhere and a telephoto lens to 400 when I need to shoot distant objects.

Take a look at the lens that came with your SLR, generally known as "kit lens" (kit lens – because it is part of the kit that includes the camera body): It is probably not a bad lens, but neither is the best. You can expand your possibilities in the world of photography using faster lenses. The maximum aperture of your kit lens is probably somewhere between f/3.5 and f/5.6, What limits the possibilities when you want to shoot indoors or in low light. Try a lens f/2.

Arrange a transport bag

How to take care of the camera? Pra começo de conversa, put it in a pouch. A padded model and appropriate size will help you keep your camera clean and protected. It also lets you keep multiple accessories (memory cards, batteries, cigar lighter charger, USB cable, extra lenses) in a single location easy to find. Another benefit: with a scholarship I can let my kids to upload all my equipment without fear that they will bring down on the road.

Keep it clean and dry

If you have a travel bag, is already halfway to this. Remember that the vast majority of cameras on the market – even if they look like war tanks – was not made to survive exposure to hostile environments. They definitely are not waterproof (with the exception of a few models), so don't even think about taking pictures inside the pool.

Attention: the rain counts as "water"! Do not attempt to photograph during a storm. If you want to photograph outdoors with bad weather, look for at least a raincoat for your camera: There are several inexpensive models available in internet, search for times like "digital camera rain cover" on expert sites.

Do not use compressed air

I know that you want to keep your camera limpinha, but resist the urge to buy a can of compressed air in the nearest store. It can be dangerous for the cameras, especially if you're not very careful. For example, If you chacoalhar the Tin can end up spreading propellant on the lens. Compressed air can also force particles of dirt into parts that are not sealed, which can lead to contamination of the sensor. My advice: arrange a good lens cleaning cloth and a brush, and leave the compressed air in the shop.

Unplug before stir

Finally, one piece of advice that you don't hear often, but it must be kept in mind: turn off your camera before doing anything with it. This includes exchanging lenses, memory cards and you connect or disconnect cables. Everything should be done with the camera off.

If your camera is turned on and trying to write data to the memory card, for example, removing it will probably ruin the card and everything stored on it. In the same way, swap lenses with the camera turned on greatly increases the chances of attracting dust to the sensor. Is a simple but important care, that will help your camera to last longer.

In Ivaiporã-PR, Computer engineer, Workgroup Administrator Tips in General. Passionate about technology and Informatics.



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