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Prepare yourselves for the end is near

May 28, 2011
By BRENT KEPNER , The Inter-Mountain

The end is near! The end is near! Students and more than a few teachers are counting down the days, minutes and seconds until the end. The end of the school year is very nearby.

It wasn't very hard to predict this one because it happens every year. The weather gets nice and whether you are in school or not we start looking outside wishing we could go out and play. It's going to be a great summer that you won't want to forget, and the best way to preserve all those memories is to take lots of pictures. In the summer we need to remember our sunscreen and umbrella to protect our bodies from the sun's heat, but we also need to take steps to protect our camera equipment from the elements, too.

Here are a few tips to make sure your camera doesn't have to make a trip to the emergency room this summer.

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First, your camera is made up mostly of very expensive plastic so don't leave your camera in your car, especially out on the seat or on the dash. If you have ever melted anything with a magnifying glass you know it doesn't take much to do some damage.

Next, protect your camera with a case when at the beach. One minute you are napping on your blanket and working on your tan and the next a rogue wave comes up and soaks your camera. Sand and water are your camera's worst enemies and the damage done is almost impossible to repair. Some kind of case will really help protect your investment. Even a Ziploc bag is better than nothing. Cases are cheap insurance against damage.

I've got one more vacation bonus tip for you. Don't forget to check your passport. Make sure you check the expiration date and apply for a new passport or renew your old one in plenty of time before you plan your trip. You must have a passport to travel out of the country, and Canada and Mexico are now included in that rule.

Passport photographs have very strict government guidelines and the paperwork takes a little while to process, so you will want to get a jump on that if you plan to leave the country.

I predict the end will be near again in a couple months, the end of summer that is. So get outside and enjoy yourself while you can. I doubt if a passport will help when the world really does end, but better safe than sorry.

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



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