The price of storage continues to drop; so if you’ve been eyeing a bigger card, perhaps it’s time to splurge and get that added capacity.
Keeping Your Camera Clean
If you want to take pictures in the surf, poolside, or even underwater, you may want to consider purchasing a waterproof point-and-shoot model. It’s best to keep your camera off the picnic table or other spots where it may be vulnerable to a spilled soda or a glob of jelly.
Cleaning Your Camera
A microfiber cleaning cloth makes it possible to remove dust, grit, and even the oil left by fingerprints without the use of any solvent. These cloths are inexpensive, and can be washed and reused. A rubber squeeze bulb helps blow away dust and grit from the camera body.
With DSLRs, be careful not to get dust on the sensor. Sensor dust (the dust is not on the sensor itself, but rather on a filter in front of the sensor) is a fact of life when using a DSLR. If you think you have a problem with dust on the sensor, we recommend contacting your local camera repair shop or sending it to the manufacturer for cleaning. There are tools to do this yourself; but be careful not to damage anything, or you will void the warranty.
A Bag Helps
If you keep your camera in a bag, there’s one other very inexpensive accessory – a plastic bag big enough to hold your camera and accessories. If you encounter a sudden summer thunderstorm or find yourself on a speed boat that catches a wave, just pop your entire camera bag into it.
Follow these simple tips, and your camera will be ready for all the great photo opportunities summer has to offer.
Prepared by the New York Institute of Photography. For more tips, visit www.nyip.com.