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Gearing Up for Spring - TDS Photography Podcast

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Do You Really Know Your Camera?


Most photographers have a relationship with their camera - some more serious than others. Just look at their behavior. They always want to bring it along, they spend lots of money on it, and they definitely want others to keep their hands off.

See what I'm saying?

But like any couple, how well do you really know each other? Sure, you've got the basics down. You know how to find program mode, set the ISO, and even adjust the white balance now and then. That's pretty good. And many partnerships don't need much more.

But what happens when circumstances change, such as when you're taking a trip together? Now you want to do new things like capture birds in flight, experience the night life, and maybe even buy some exotic accessories. Suddenly you're looking at one another and thinking, "I don't really know you at all."

Like any relationship, this one is worth investing time in. Who knows what you'll learn about each another?

Here are two examples.

The Ricoh GR III can automatically correct a slightly tilted horizon when you take the picture. The Fujifilm X100V has digital 50mm and 70mm options built right into the camera that augment the 35mm equivalent lens, and those alternatives are very good.

The OM System OM-1 has a one-touch custom white balance button on the front of the camera that enables you to instantly adjust for any lighting situation. And iPhones have a hidden set of camera adjustments right there under your nose, all you have to do is tap the upward angle bracket at the top of the screen to reveal those settings.

As your friend and fellow photographer, I'm urging you to spend more time getting to know your camera. It doesn't always have to be fireworks and parties, although those are fun. But also make time for the quiet moments on the couch with your owner's manual in hand, exploring the many wonders of your partner in image capture.

You won't regret it. And your pictures will get better.

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Gearing Up for Spring - TDS Photography Podcast

This is The Digital Story Podcast #887, March 21, 2023. Today's theme is "Gearing Up for Spring." I'm Derrick Story.

Opening Monologue

For those of us north of the equator, spring is just around the corner. Even though some folks may still have a month of slush and snow before the flowers grow. Either way, it's time to get in shape for one of the best photography seasons of the year. Tips on how do that, and much more, on today's TDS Photography Podcast. I hope you enjoy the show.

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Gearing Up for Spring


I look at spring activities through two lenses. The first is physical. Bad winter weather tends to take its toll on my fitness. And if I really want to enjoy outdoor life again, I have to be in decent shape.

The second lens is my camera gear. What do I need, if anything, to have the right tools for my adventures? And once I capture those images, is my workflow ready to accept them without strain?

Let's start with lens #1 - the physical aspect of our craft. I've long held the opinion that the greater our energy, the better our creativity. Now I'm certainly no triathlete, but I do strive to be able to enjoy a full day of activity without cutting corners on my photography.

I've already started working my way back in to shape. Every non-rain day here in Northern California, I get out by bike and go for a 20-30 minute ride. I have a few different routes that I alternate with to keep things interesting. And after just a couple weeks I'm already feeling stronger.

On bad weather days, I have a 20-minute workout indoors that incorporates a variety of stretches, weights, and tension using a surgical tube. Many of these exercises were learned as part of my physical rehab from injuries. Others were learned from magazine articles and advice from friends.

Regardless of which routine I'm able to do on a give day, I plan for early afternoon. This provides the added benefit of propelling me through the remainder of the day with much more energy than I would have otherwise. Honestly, there are no downsides here.

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