Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance

Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance


Digital Camera Cleaning and Maintenance


It’s too easy to go home after a day of shooting, remove the memory card, play with new images and forget about the maintenance of your equipment.

If you are like me, something new to save time (car, motorcycle, watch, glasses, etc.), impeccably cleaned at least once a day. Then, after a few weeks, falling to once a week and then just “occasionally strange” or when they are really dirty.

Because photography is my livelihood, I have to physically grab my camera bag, go sit in a quiet place and take a good half hour to an hour after filming to clean each piece of equipment I used.

This kit has thousands of costs and cleanliness has a direct relationship with the quality of my images and longevity of use. Not only that, but upgrading my computer, you can sell my old devices at the best price.

These are the checks I make;

Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Objectives

Obviously, being very careful when cleaning the glass is what makes lenses so expensive and expensive to repair or replace. Use only fine solutions of paper and alcohol that are designed for the camera lens. Clean first front and rear elements with a first blower brush to remove dust particles.

The last thing you want to do is scrape off the smallest piece of dust through your lens.

Also use the bristles of a blower to clean the moving parts of the outer cylinder brush. This prevents the accumulation of dirt over time and maintains proper functioning, helping to prevent dust from entering the internal optical system.

Make sure to clean the brush or replace too often otherwise simply spread small particles of grease and dirt onto the lens.

Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Camera Sensor

The more talked about and questioned the problem with maintaining digital SLR is the sensor and the accumulation of dust. If you are not sure how to do, wait until the dust sensor is at a point where it is unbearable (most specifications are easily and quickly removed in the editing), then a professional cleaning.

Damage a sensor is expensive …

If you intend to do it yourself, just be careful. Set the camera to manual 30 second exposure. It takes time to clean the sensor, but using the bulb setting (“B”) could be an error.

If you accidentally, the trigger is in danger of damaging the mirror, shutter, sensor or three closed while cleaning the sensor. Even if you use a remote control set “B” on the remote control batteries could sell and close the shutter prematurely.

With a fully charged battery in your camera and a delay of 30 seconds, you know where it is.

Once the shutter is open, hold the camera so that the sensor is down and use the fan (without brush) to blow up the dust sensor.

NB The chamber is thus maintained to allow the dust to fall from the chamber and the brush is removed if the touch sensor and adds grease stains or dust rather than removing it.

If the sensor is very dirty, you can purchase cleaning kits with tampons where the physical touch the sensor to “clean” dirt. Again, you need a small hand and a great care to do so, so if you are not sure, seek professional help.

Cleaning and Care of Digital Cameras – Mirror Screen / Focus

Unless you can barely see through the viewfinder (exaggeration), I tend to leave the mirror and the screen focusing other than a single quick shot / shot with a blower brush. The only time I would give more attention is whether the risk of dust sensor transfer is running.

Dust on the mirror or screen does not change the final image, so that the dust you see in the viewfinder does not affect the image (although excessive dust on the screen may affect the accuracy Of the approach).

Again, be careful because the mirror in particular is extremely sensitive and easily scratched.

Film vs Digital

Film vs Digital

Film vs Digital


Film vs. Digital – If I were to drive home in the West Country of England all the way to Scotland would choose my comfortable, familiar 1.8 Hatchback. Imagine the surprise I would make if I stopped in Carlisle for a traffic officer who told me my car could not go any farther, and would need a 4-liter SUV to continue the journey.

But it’s more or less that camera seller tried to tell me last week. His theory was that the only way was before with digital photography. I gave him my opinion, and after a while he agreed with me that I had a point.

Canon AE-very expensive 1P is still strong, yet capable of producing quality images after all these years (I bought it in 1982). Never “date has passed. In fact, my twenty-two-year-old camera is almost as common as the newcomer Canon EOS 350D. And it will continue for a few years. You do not believe me every time you get a new film emulsion can load and use, update the vital heart of my camera and restore my art of performance.

So I’m sad old dinosaur hiding in the dusty corners of old photo shops looking for an external widget to double 1965 male left-handed? No, I also have a Canon EOS 300 35mm camera, so I autofocus and part measurement as well. I like a Canon EOS 350D as many other photographers, and one day I will have one. But for now and maybe for a few years my old film camera still has a number of advantages over digital.

So what are the possible benefits of waiting a week or more for my Sensia andVelvia to be developed and referred to me on digital shots?

Well, it is very simple. In my price range, the resolution of the film still has a big advantage on the digital. And even a digital SLR input level with a lens costs more than my entire body gadget bag and lenses I have built in a number of years. Another point to consider is that I have a hard copy of my photo shoot as a movie I shot.

I love the slide movie, so I can see my photos, evaluate and select the best, which is half the fun of photography, whether digital or based on the film! If I shot a hard film would even have a bunch of photos to show the family. You can not do it with digital photos without visiting a photo lab anyway. Film does not smart you worry about erasing the contents of my camera (yes that happened to a friend of mine), it is true that his fault was partly but did not recover their photos.

What about Photoshop? This is the biggest advantage of digital photography these days! Certainly, I do not want to deprive myself of this precious photographic tool. No, I do not! I take advantage of all the way! I select my best pictures (or I need help) and I scan to a very high resolution by a local photo lab (and use Photoshop to do things that recently dreamed of in the darkroom). I can then get a great impression made to hang on the wall.

I have a digital, a little compact. 5MP Canon S50 in my gadget bag with my Canon AE-1P and my Canon EOS 300 35mm film cameras. I think I have the best of all possible worlds! I can do digital photos, I can use Photoshop, and I can produce really great photos for the wall the size of the poster everywhere … And you? No, not without a professional camera of 22 million pixels of Hasselblad costing several thousand pounds.

It is possible to continue using my old Canon long after some of the new brilliant digital cameras are producing. So my gadget bag will always have a corner for my old movie body and a lens or two, even after having a high-end digital camera range – that while you can get the movie is.

How To Shoot Corporate Headshots

How To Shoot Corporate Headshots

How To Shoot Corporate Headshots


Who needs a corporate headshot and why?

The easy answer to this question is any professional racing spirit or companies whose main players should see. As is the case with all forms of professional photography, why has the image been ordered it is one of the key elements to do well.

Business head has a number of uses, but the main function is to improve communication with customers, colleagues and other professionals. They are used in annual reports, newsletters and magazines, on company websites, programs and published press releases for use in a wide range of media.

The good, the bad and the ugly

No one wants to take a picture of themselves that is nothing short of flattering. In addition to looking your best, his subjects seem trustworthy, friendly, approachable, intelligent, elegant and beautiful. It is a great question, but photographers can take portraits aspect always naturally company shining a benevolent light on the characters its subjects will be the most popular.

From the company’s point of view, these portraits of employees go in front of marketing. They need to have a coherent image that speaks to both the brand and the person – and if you can weave a distinctive look in your corporate photography, is what they will come back to when they need shots at the New or updated header.

Technical advice for business plans

To make a good executive headshot will have to combine technical excellence with aesthetic ability and an understanding of your subject, they have found business and their expectations of the picture.

Before the session, try to get a sense of headshot style necessary. The dramatic lighting and a tight culture will have a different mood from a more traditional shooting with the ambient light.
We also discuss the most appropriate context for you. Mutual funds work better and less distracting the topic, but some professionals may want to be portrayed in their workplace.
Anticipate the equipment you will need for the shooting and be sure to have it. There is nothing less professional than to appear something vital.
Softening lighting – no one looks good in a fire and the most natural light level that appears, the most flattering picture. Place your light sources as close to your subject – this will have the same effect as using a larger light source and the result is a smoother finish. On the other hand, could be used a brighter light to whiten shadows and make the face smoother. Side lighting tends to give the best results.
Choose a lens with a narrow field of view. It will be easier to take the photo without intruding light sources. One more goal also helps to compress the distance from the subject is more flattering for the facial features.
Place the subject at an angle to the camera, then ask them to turn their heads to look at you for a more natural posture.
Remember, it is actually the person does the team. Ask your subject to feel comfortable: even if you do not like it being photographed, if you can relax, the resulting image will be a hundred times better than if you are tense.
Manipulate your theme! After the digital manipulation can improve the tone of the skin, smooth wrinkles or lighten an image. Use them to enhance what your camera captured.
Finally, keep it profitable

You build a reputation as a go-to photographer for corporate headshot and constitute a reliable source of regular income. But the key is to make sure that every blow is profitable and there are definitely ways to make it more likely.

Keep your equipment needs to a minimum – if you can take it and put it quickly on their own without the need for an assistant, you will make more money. Plus, you may find yourself having to take pictures in a small room or confined space, so that the less the team.
Prepare it as much as possible – minus the time spent on each shot plus you earn money. This has an added advantage: Quick setup Please customers. If there is one thing people hate more than being photographed, she is waiting to be photographed.
It is coherent. Companies constantly need good quality executive headshots. More consistent results are more obtained from repeat business.

Film Photography – A Great Place to Start

Film Photography

Film Photography – A Great Place to Start


Recently, a good friend of mine Todor Ostojic asked for advice on what SLR would recommend for him to learn the basics of film photography using the 70s and 80s kit. His reason was that he felt he Had somehow “cheated” their way into digital photography going straight.

Some of the cameras I talked about were the SLR as a teenage rookie with no money in photography in the 1970s and early 1980s like the Canon A1 or AE-1 program, the robust Olympus OM- 1, OM-2 and OM-10 with a soft hand adapter, which is connected to the camera side. Then there was the Nikon FM range solid and reliable.

Bliss …

Although I think digital photography still presents a challenge and still requires the same skills to pull a big picture, I agree that nothing beats the curve learning photography school cinema that lasted more than one century. I speak:

Manual control of the instrument with most basic measuring functions
The ability to load a movie into the camera in the dark so that you get a shot or two
The patience required for each shot they pay now for each click of the shutter
The smell of chemicals and the excitement of seeing their images emerge in the darkroom
Even the writing that brings back happy childhood memories when I spent many hours outside school (and school for 9) shooting and processing my most terrible pictures in black and white.

Motivated by Todor’s question, feeling Load a roll of FP4 plus I Ilford bought a few years ago in my old Chinon CM4-s there and decided to get back to basics. I took Chinon’s trust with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II for another comparison, similar to the one I did a while ago.

This time I do not shoot anything but black and white and my Canon is set to monochrome as well.

I rode around 8 pictures of landscapes mainly, but had to stop because of bad weather, but the rest get me fired as soon as possible. Then I will publish my comparisons here in another newsletter.

For now, here are some shots “Instamatic” Canon EOS 5D Mark II with pure monochrome camera in the conversion … it will be interesting to see how to compare the FP4:

Update 2013 – Chinon CM4-s images are now below the equivalent of Canon … I think the FP4 had gone a little!

The thing I find once again patience was necessary when shooting the film. With digital, if the lighting was not good, even if I shot myself, but with the Chinon camera, I found myself waiting for up to 10 minutes or more for the clouds to pass just bright rays will hit the sea only I wanted .

Spend more time setting up the shooting, getting the correct exposure, using a combination of Canon and measuring signals from semaphores system Chinon 3 and guestimate there. I do not know if the exposure Clasped until the entire roll is triggered and processed.

That’s another good point.

With digital technology, you can only take 3 or 4 images in a day, but you can still see the results instantly. I can take one or two weeks to complete the role of PF4 when I forgot what I took and how exhibitions, etc.

That’s why I record digital images at the same time for exif data I have to run my memory like identical shots with both cameras.

I said and I will say it again, please spend a little time and money and try shooting the photograph of the film for you. Discover some of these Canon beauties and see cheap prices! And for you, Nikon fans, check out the old Nikon SLR range! Beautiful …

Take an old SLR, put a good old roll of film and leave it for a crowd bath. See how much time and effort do with your image and how exciting the results are coming. While patience transfers to your digital photography and hopefully improve not only, but see the photography in a new light.