Please forgive the horrible color, lousy exposure, and blurriness of the above photo.
Tonight, thought I’d share a little photography tip with you. As prices have dropped over the past few years, many of you have purchased your own DSLRs. I think this is pretty awesome. I plan to eventually teach photography, because if I can’t make awesome photos for everyone, I’d at least like to show everyone how to make awesome photos for themselves. So let me take a few moments to save you a little time, and possibly some money.
So, as the title of today’s blog post says, this is why we invest a little extra money in filters for ALL our lenses. Filters not only protect your lenses if you are a little clumsy like me and run the risk of banging them on things, but they also keep them from getting dirty.
We had the pleasure of shooting a cute little guy named Kooper today. He was a typical boy. He had a great time doing typical boy things; among them patting me on the head like an animal at the petting zoo, feeding me goldfish, throwing lots of things on the floor, and kicking my camera when he couldn’t get the wireless trigger off of it. All these things provided me with great entertainment, but caused mom quite a bit of concern (we have to frequently remind our clients that we have four children, and not much scares us when it comes to kids). In the above picture, he was able to press his hand on pretty much the entire surface of my lens filter.
Without the comparatively inexpensive filter screwed on to the end of that lens, I was able to quickly remove it and keep shooting without having to stop and waste valuable minutes cleaning my lens. I also turned the hood around the correct way, which prevented further smearing of Canon glass.
I’ve always scoffed at those that put their lens caps back on their lenses and aren’t actually putting their cameras away. I also think it somewhat foolish to turn a camera off, since most turn themselves off after a few minutes, and are awakened by a half-push of the shutter button. After all, if something awesome happens in front of you, how will you take a photo with your camera off and your lens cap on?
So, those of you who own a camera with removable lenses, please spend a few bucks on filters and lens hoods. These will save you time AND money, and keep you shooting when precious moments are passing by in front of you. And, please, please, please, don’t put your lens cap on or turn your camera off until you’re putting it back in its bag.