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Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Chase The Storms

Gear up for the wild weather of late summer to get some intense landscapes

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Tamrac MicroSync Digital
Remote Control
A remote control allows you to fire your camera without touching it. This helps you get sharper images because you won’t jiggle the camera as you trip the shutter. And it makes it safer to do lightning shots, since it allows you to move away from the camera. A wireless remote (radio or infrared) is better than a cable remote because it lets you operate the camera from farther away—even from the protection of your car.

Kinetronics Digital Camera Cleaning Kit
Cleaning Gear
The late-summer outdoor environment is tough on camera gear, what with wind, dust, water and the like. So you should have some gear on hand to clean your camera, lenses and other items as soon as possible after you’re done shooting. Handy cleaning kits are available from a number of sources, containing the tools needed to keep your camera and lenses in top shape.

Giottos Rocket Air Blower
To minimize dust on your camera’s image sensor assembly, it’s best to change lenses in a protected area, such as a tent or your car (or the motel before heading out to the field). A zoom lens can help minimize lens changes in the field. And DSLRs with built-in sensor cleaning features are a big help, too. If your sensor does need cleaning, clean it in a safe area—never try to clean the sensor in windy outdoor conditions.

That old standby, the polarizing filter, really can add snap to storm photos. By blocking polarized light waves, it can darken the blue sky so white clouds stand out dramatically. If you’re shooting in black-and-white, you can use a polarizer or a red filter to darken blue skies, but in color, the polarizer is the only option.

Polarizers come in two varieties: circular and linear. If you use an SLR with through-the-lens metering and auto-focusing, you’ll want the circular type because the linear type will interfere with metering and AF operation.

Two other filters that can be especially useful for late-summer shooting are the graduated neutral-density filter and the clear lens-protection filter. The grad ND can cut down sky brightness so you can hold detail in both a dark foreground and bright clouds. The clear protection filter can shield the front element of your lens from blowing rain and dust. Be sure to keep both faces of each filter clean and dust-free.


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