Vacation season is upon us and lots of you are going to breaking your cameras out for the first time since Christmas (shame on you! LOL). Here are a few of my favorite camera tips/tricks for summer:
#1– If you haven’t used your camera in awhile, take a couple of quick shots to make sure your pictures aren’t noticeably blurry (and your lens is nice and clean). Never touch the lens! I know it is tempting to wipe that lens clean with your pinky finger or shirtsleeve, especially when the lenses fog up from humid weather. You will scratch your lens and kick yourself every time. IF it’s filthy and truly needs clean, the best thing is to use a lens cleaning pen like this one from Nikon–
|$6.83 on Amazon|
How cool is that? And it’s super small so you can just stick it right in your camera bag.
#2 – Pack some sealable sandwich bags. When you are ready to hit the pool or beach, just seal your camera in a bag and throw it in your beach tote. Such a quick, cheap and easy way to keep your camera safe from water and sand.
#3 – Sick of blurry lights or your family looking like ghosts in night shots? Blurry lights are caused from an unsteady hand and those scary white faces are caused from a harsh flash. Just turn the flash off (most cameras have a special setting) and prop your camera on something stable (think picnic table, railing, or Grandpa’s back…) for some great night shots!
#4 – Don’t leave your camera in the hotel room when you aren’t there. Some of the best pictures are taken on a whim. Who doesn’t love a candid shot of Dad falling into the lake while trying to tie off the boat? And don’t forget the details. Things like the front of your hotel, pictures of your favorite meals or the Mustang convertible you were lucky enough to score as a car rental.
#5 – Don’t forget to actually use your pictures. Half the fun of taking a vacation is remembering and sharing it for years to come. Make sure to document your trip and if you aren’t able to do so right away, make notes of stories you want to tell so you don’t forget anything when you are creating a photo/scrapbook. I use Shutterfly and LOVE it.