3 Things You Should Never Do With Your Camera

3 Things You Should Never Do With Your Camera

I read an article the other day about a photographer that left all his incredibly expensive camera gear in his car – in plain sight – and seemed surprised when someone broke in and took off with all his stuff.

It seems that even the most veteran and experienced of photographers can have a brain lapse and make a critical mistake!

With that in mind, I thought I’d outline a few things that might be obvious not to do with your camera, yet still seem to happen all too often…

Don’t Leave Your Gear in Your Car

In addition to the danger of it being stolen, another great reason not to leave your camera gear in the car is that it can get too hot or too cold.

The electronics inside your camera are incredibly delicate, and depending on the season, they can freeze or fry.

The image sensor, in particular, is extremely sensitive, so leaving your camera in your car exposes it to increased danger of suffering from extreme temperatures.

Don’t Shoot One-Handed

Shooting one-handed is only inviting photography disaster.

Without a stable base, your camera is susceptible to camera shake. Camera shake occurs from the minute movements of your body as you hold the camera, and those movements are only amplified with you shoot with just one hand.

Heck, even shooting with two hands can still result in camera shake!

But, it’s not always possible to have a tripod handy, so if you have to shoot handheld, at least give yourself a better chance of a sharp photo.

Stand with your feet shoulder width apart, and angle one foot outward to increase stability.

Tuck your elbows into your chest, too, to help prevent your arms from moving as much as possible.

Then, get a firm grip with your right hand on the camera grip and place your left hand under the camera body as shown above.

Don’t Leave it in Auto Mode

If you’re just learning how to take photos, shooting in auto mode is fine.

But if you have any appreciable time behind the lens, it’s time to get out of full auto.

You can even ease your way into it, too.

Try shooting in aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode first.

These semi-automatic modes allow you to take control of some aspects of the camera settings while still getting help from the camera.

If you’re just learning how to take photos, shooting in auto mode is fine.

But if you have any appreciable time behind the lens, it’s time to get out of full auto.

You can even ease your way into it, too.

Try shooting in aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode first.

These semi-automatic modes allow you to take control of some aspects of the camera settings while still getting help from the camera.

If you’re just learning how to take photos, shooting in auto mode is fine.

But if you have any appreciable time behind the lens, it’s time to get out of full auto.

You can even ease your way into it, too.

Try shooting in aperture priority mode or shutter priority mode first.

These semi-automatic modes allow you to take control of some aspects of the camera settings while still getting help from the camera.

Another mode to try is program mode.

Think of program mode as ISO priority mode, because it places the most importance on ISO.

So, you get to choose the ISO, and the camera selects an aperture and a shutter speed to match.

The neat thing, though, is that you can override the selections the camera makes in program mode.

That means it gives you even more control over how the image looks than aperture priority and shutter priority modes.

Bonus Tip: Don’t Turn Your Camera On and Off

Though it might seem strange, constantly turning your camera on and off will kill the battery much faster than if you simply let it go to sleep.

That’s because each time you cycle from off to on, the LCD, the sensor cleaner, and other electronics suck power out of the battery.

Instead, just let your camera go to sleep, and if you need to shoot again in quick order, simply wake it up.

You can determine how long your camera stays on, too, ranging from a few seconds to a few minutes.