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The gift that keeps on getting

January 8, 2011

Here we are a couple weeks after Christmas and I know Santa Claus brought a lot of cameras to the good boys and girls of the area. I heard a few people that had not been good got cameras, too, but we won't get into that right now. I've also been told that Santa forgot some important goodies that you might need to get the most out of your new toy. Like most great gifts, the camera is just the beginning. The actual camera is just the starting point into a great, but expensive, hobby.

I recommend several accessories that will help you get the most out of your camera.

First and maybe most important is a case and a strap. You really need something to protect that camera from accidental impact. Chances are you have a nice chunk of change tied up in that new Cankonujisonyo and the new digital cameras won't take a drop down the chimney or even off the kitchen counter. Cases come in all kinds of shapes, size and colors. Simply pick one that fits your camera and your personal style.

Extra memory cards are another great accessory that always comes in handy. Always have an extra card tucked in your bag. The best shots always come up when you don't have much space left on the card. The price has come way down on them while the sizes are going way up. There is no reason not to have an extra.

CDs or DVDs are something you will want to stock up on, too. You are making backup copies of all your images aren't you? What if you lost your memory card or, heaven forbid, your camera that has all those great snapshots on it? You must make backup copies of your images! I don't want to nag about it, but you will thank me later.

I'm not sure if you can call it an accessory, but the biggest thing that will complement your new purchase is a computer. You don't have to have a computer to enjoy your new camera, and I know lots of people who don't, but you are missing out on a whole new level of aggravation, oops I mean enjoyment, if you have a nice computer to view and edit your images on. Sometime soon I will have some tips on how to reduce that aggravation factor and increase the enjoyment level.

I hope everyone's New Year "develops" into a great one as you are "exposed" to your new hobby.

(Brent Kepner is the Owner and Photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a Master Photographer, Certified Professional Photographer and President of the Professional Photographers of West Virginia.)



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