I plan to keep adding to this list as I think of more tips so keep checking back!
- Cameras hate dust! Try and keep it away from dusty environments.
- Invest in a good camera bag to keep it safe from knocks and scrapes.
- Try not to buy memory cards with huge capacities i.e. 8GB or 16GB. All that space is nice but if the card gets damaged or lost you can potentially lose thousands of photos. Many 2GB-4GB cards would be a safer bet (in my opinion).
- Never look directly at the sun through your camera lens.
- If you’re going on an extended trip try taking a laptop with you for storing your images. You could also find a local photo shop (depending on country) and ask them to transfer your photos onto a CD.
- Try and learn as much of the cameras settings and functions as possible. It sounds silly but it really is worth reading your manual cover to cover!
- Some lenses come with hoods to cut out stray light hitting the front of your lens. These can improve your photos and offer protection as it will take the brunt of any impact instead of your expensive lens!
- Don’t be scared to experiment with your camera, especially if it’s digital as you have nothing to lose.
- Protect the front of your lens with a UV filter. Some people say this can lower the quality of your photos… I haven’t experimented with this yet but it does give you piece of mind that the front of your expensive lens has at least one protective barrier from scratches, dirt and finger marks.
- A tripod is very handy for keeping your camera as still as possible, this is essential for long exposures.
- Only use a flash as a last resort… always try using natural light to begin with first.
- When photographing low light events try using a lens with a low f-number i.e. f2.8, f1.8, f.1.2 (if your rich!).
- Prime lenses usually take sharper pictures over zoom lenses.