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How to Protect Your Camera From the Things That Want to To Kill It

How to Protect Your Camera From the Things That Want to To Kill It

Owning the camera is a little bit like being a parent. Once you make that very special purchase, the world suddenly seems like a more dangerous place. Your camera represents a big investment to you (both financially and emotionally) and that means you probably see all sorts of potential danger around you whenever you are out with your equipment. That’s OK, because the more you know, the better you’ll be at protecting your investment. But do you really know all the things that pose a risk to your equipment? Chances are you’re tuned into the obvious stuff, but more subtle dangers lurk everywhere. If you love your camera, you need to know what they are.
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Defeating Dust

Defeating Dust

OK, so I know that dust is not sentient, but sometimes it really does feel like it’s out to get me. It shows up all over my house, totally uninvited, regardless of whether or not I keep my windows closed. It makes me sneeze and it seems to have a magnetic attraction to my car, especially in those first moments after I’ve washed it. And no matter how careful I am, it always seems to work its way into my camera. Can anything stop the great dust menace? Continue Reading »

Easy Steps To Clean Your Camera and Lens

Easy Steps To Clean Your Camera and Lens

Let’s say you just got home from The Best Vacation Ever. You’ve got some down time, so you decide to check out all those wonderful photos you took on your trip of a lifetime. You sit down at your computer and open up the first one – it’s a lovely shot of the ocean under a deep, blue sky. But what’s that over there in the corner? It looks like a piece of lint. You’re tempted to try brushing it off but it’s not on your computer screen, it’s on your photo. Damn.

While we can clean that spot in an image editor, it’s going to be around on every one of your future images. So let’s get rid of that spot forever. Let’s talk about a little Camera Cleaning.
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Image Sensor Size: What’s the Difference?

Image Sensor Size: What’s the Difference?

Intermediate If you use a photo printing service, such as the one offered by your local drugstore, you may occasionally (maybe even frequently) get photos back that don’t look the same as they did when you shot them. I don’t just mean color and exposure (which can often be wrong when you use a commercial printing service), I mean decapitated heads, scenery that’s missing important elements and crops that just look, well, wrong. Why does this happen?

It happens because of your camera’s sensor size, and the fact that your commercial printing company didn’t print your image with the same aspect ratio as your file. But let’s back up a little.
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Help! My Prints look awful

Help! My Prints look awful

Don’t box up that camera and send it back to the manufacturer just yet. There are lots of reasons why your camera may be producing images that look great on your computer and bad on paper. The good news is that most of these issues are easily correctable once you understand your camera’s settings and have a good idea about what you’re going to be doing with your photos. The key is in your camera’s resolution and your monitor’s calibration.
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How To: Using a Circular Polarizer

How To: Using a Circular Polarizer

Modern digital cameras are capable of transforming almost any scene from ordinary to extraordinary. With the right tools and the right knowledge, you can actually create an image that is even more impressive than the scene you saw with your naked eye. Your camera’s settings are designed to help you achieve this, as are software packages such as Photoshop Elements. You can also use any of dozens of little tools and tricks to add that little bit of interest to your image that can go a long way towards transforming your photos from plain to amazing.

One of the most important of these tools is the circular polarizer. A circular polarizer is a screw-on filter that could almost be described as a pair of sunglasses for your lens.
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How Digital Camera CCDs and CMOSs Work

How Digital Camera CCDs and CMOSs Work

Today I’m going to go a bit geeky on you. I think it’s important to not only understand how photography works in terms of apertures, shutter speeds, and ISOs, but to also understand how the innards of your camera work. Image sensors are a good place to start, since most people know they exist, but don’t know why!
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Why You Don’t Need More Megapixels. Really.

Why You Don’t Need More Megapixels. Really.

Everyone knows that more is better. Eight gigabytes is better than four. 550 horsepower is better than 500. Five blades are better than four. And 12 megapixels are better than eight. Right? That is without a doubt what we have all been indoctrinated to believe, especially when it comes to technology. More is better. And sometimes it’s true. But before you take on blind faith the idea that a higher megapixel camera is automatically superior to the one you already own, it’s a good idea to look past the marketing at the facts.
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How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

How To Tell If It’s The Gear Or Your Skill

One question I always get asked is how much your gear matters. Does your photography improve all that much when you take that leap and purchase a much better camera, or do you only need so much? Having thought about this quite a lot, I devised a simple way to test whether it’s you or your gear, and I came up with some surprising results. Do you want to know what really makes great photographers great? It’s not what you’d expect.
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Camera thieves. Are you prepared for the unthinkable?

Camera thieves. Are you prepared for the unthinkable?

We like to think we’re safe. I know I take all of the right precautions to make sure my camera equipment never gets stolen. Even so, we’re still human. We’ve got busy lives, and that means we’re prone to leaving ourselves vulnerable every now and again. How many times have you left your camera equipment in your hotel room while going out for a quick meal? Did you really think you were safe? Here are a few things you can do to prepare yourself for the unthinkable.
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Can I damage my camera by pointing it at the sun?

Can I damage my camera by pointing it at the sun?

Ever thought about pointing your camera up at the sun? Your immediate reaction is probably a lot like mine. NO WAY! Well not so fast. It depends on the kind of camera you’re using. If you’ve got a digital SLR, you’ll be totally fine. If you’re using a point-and-shoot model, you might get into trouble. Keep reading because you’re about to find out why.
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How To Keep Camera Sensor Clean

How To Keep Camera Sensor Clean

Looks like you’ve done it again. For a while there, you thought you had it all taken care of. I mean, you just cleaned your digital camera sensor. How could it possibly have gotten dirty again? Having a clean sensor isn’t just about the periodic cleanings. It’s about making sure more dust doesn’t get in. Try out these tips, and you’ll find yourself worrying a lot less about sensor dust.
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What Is Camera Dust and How To Get Rid Of It

What Is Camera Dust and How To Get Rid Of It

If you own a digital SLR, you’ve probably started to notice something on your photos that wasn’t there before. Have you ever gotten a photo full of little black specks or smudges and wondered how they got there? If you clean your lens religiously and wonder how this could happen to you, then you are about to be introduced to the world of image sensor dust. A lot more goes on inside your camera than you think.
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Do more Megapixels mean better photo quality?

Do more Megapixels mean better photo quality?

They’re getting better every year. Camera makers and your local Best Buy salesman are always talking about the next model with more megapixels than the one that came before it. The new numbers make your current model seem obsolete. If you bought a camera with six megapixels a few years ago, you wish you could get a new one that gets twelve. But does it really mean anything? Does having more megapixels amount to better photo quality, or is it all just marketing hype?
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How Do I Know When To Switch To A DSLR Camera?

So you’ve had a cheap Point-and-Shoot camera for ages and are looking to upgrade. But should you go with another Point and Shoot (because, they are easy to use and don’t have any complicated features), or should you get a more expensive, but also more capable, DSLR camera?
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