Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera

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If you are fortunate enough to have a new camera in hand, either because it was brought to you by the wise because of your birthday, or because you have finally saved enough to get this “object of desire” (maybe after one (long seek time), you may be impatient to get it out of the box and take a photo of yourself, but be careful because you should do a number of previous tasks to make sure you feel well and the best make of it.

This is especially important if your first camera is “in conditions”. In this situation, you will get some tips to start with the right foot and not lose any time. And if your case is different, you already have experience and this is not your first camera, you’re also interested in knowing a few things so you can quickly adapt to the new model.

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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Whatever your case, these are the first seven things you should do with your new camera :

Read the manual

Yes, I know it seems obvious, but we will not tire of recommending that you read the manual, although we know that many of you will skip this advice.

We understand that sometimes you can be impatient, even that almost all manuals start the same, with the most basic ones, so it will take you a long time to “enter the subject” and end up boring. However, you can learn a lot, especially if it is a different model than before.

If you read the manual, you can use it more quickly, discover some options you did not even know existed, or learn to personalize it to make certain functions easier to use. Even if you have a lot of experience, I assure you that you can be surprised by reading the manual.

To make reading more comfortable, we recommend that you do it with the camera next door to try out some of the included features.

This is especially useful for understanding some new features that the model may have and to which you are not accustomed.

In addition, we strongly recommend that you download the manual of the camera in PDF format (if that is not already), as you may lose it over time (visually impaired or materially), and you can quickly fall back on it in doubt.

Dive into the configuration

If you read the manual carefully you will have already started with it, but in any case, this is an inexcusable task that you must do with any camera you take for the first time. Browse all the menus of the camera , look at each of the options to know what they mean (sometimes you’ll need to have the manual by hand), see how you use the things you usually use when you take photos (how to change the balance of white or ISO level) and adjust the parameters to your liking .

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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Change the settings to your likes, choose the image format you normally use (we recommend that you always record in RAW, but it is also interesting to do in RAW + JPG), decide which default focus mode to choose , select the measurement mode light, set the functions of the shortcut keys and the diopter (if available) …

Of course, it is very possible that all this is changed when using the camera. However, if you already have experience, it’s best to migrate the old settings from your previous model to the new one. If you’re a freshman, you’ll learn how to use the new camera, but you’re not overwhelmed with changing the settings. As you gain knowledge and experience, you learn to use the various options and you want to change the configuration parameters.

Update, registration, insurance …

As you know, in the most recent models it is not difficult for the manufacturer to publish with certain frequency new firmwares that update some functions of the camera or correct errors. So the next step would be to check what is the internal software that your camera carries (in principle it will be 1.0) and look for possible updates .

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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Because you are on the Internet, you should consider registering your product on the manufacturer’s website, which will usually help you to manage the warranty and to keep you informed of any developments (as well as access to various offers and promotions granted). At this point, you might also be interested (if you have not already, because you made it on purchase) to take out a form of protection insurance if the camera falls or something happens to you. It may cost you a little more, but if you have a problem, you will appreciate it.

In conjunction with the above, if other types of problems occur, it is recommended to note the serial number of the camera and the lenses in a safe place (it is advisable to keep them in several places). Thanks to this you have much more chances of saving him if you lose him or get robbed.

Find a suitable bag

This advice will vary a lot depending on your baggage and the previous equipment you already have, but in any case, the issue is that you have to make a suitable bag or backpack to transport the photographic equipment safely , protected from blows, dust, water, etc. If you already have a previous bag with which you are at ease you can surely adapt it for the new camera, although, as you shoot camera maybe you also want to release a new bag or backpack .

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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If you’re a beginner, you’ll need to look for a suitable model for your new team and the use you want to give it. There are thousands of options. So think carefully about what you want and consider the many variables that can play a role in choosing one or the other model (aesthetics, protection, comfort, functionality, etc.).

By the way, a small tip is to keep the moisture sacs in your backpack, which are usually contained in the boxes of cameras and lenses. As you know, the photographic equipment is very sensitive to moisture and these bags help you to pick them up and protect them from fungus. In addition, it is recommended that you (if you do not already have it) use a small cleaning kit to use it when needed (it is important that the device is in a condition).

Get a battery and replacement card

If you already have some experience you may have experienced the terrible feeling of running out of battery or memory in the middle of a photo session. The battery may already be new or the card may be too big for this to happen to anyone. Therefore, when buying a new camera you have to make sure, as soon as possible, to have spare parts of these two essential elements in any backpack .

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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As a new camera, you may need some user experience to calculate the occupancy of the photos, and thus the number of cards you need. But as we have said many times, we recommend that you buy several reminders of “small” capacities that are very large, as they could be damaged (it rarely happens) and you will be left lying.

As far as the battery is concerned, unless you have the time, you will not get any more or less idea of how much you can take. However, it is always recommended to do an energy storage. And if you record a lot of screens with your new camera (like many compact, no mirrors and others), this will be very important.

Consider buying other accessories

The above would be two basic but, of course, there are many otherinteresting accessories for your new camera. For example, a UV filter to protect the objective in case of a hit (you know, before the optic breaks the filter better), although it is something that its detractors and its defenders have . Personally we think it’s a good idea if we buy a quality filter that does not make the objective in question lose its clarity.

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera
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Depending on the type of photo you want to create, you can also purchase other filters, such as a polarizer or a neutral filter. Another important accessory is the tripod. Of course, this depends on what you do with the camera and what kind of photography you want to practice.

If you already have an existing device, you may be able to “dodge” the purchase of this accessory, although there are some (such as filters) that you do not need to use and need to renew. You may also want to purchase other types of accessories. There are many more, of many types and for different functions (remote control, covers of all kinds, target adapters etc.). So study well what you are buying and if you will really use it.

Enjoy your new camera

With this we have finished and we only have one last recommendation: Go out and take lots of pictures! Enjoy your new equipment, learn to use it in the best way and take advantage of it. Oh and remember also that photography is a continuous learning and that it is also good advice to “soak up” images (it is not a bad idea to create a folder where to keep the photos that we like) to use them as inspiration.

Seven things you should do when you unpack your new camera

As always, we end up appealing to your experience in this regard to complete the article. Can you think of more things that you should do when you release a camera? Do you do something special?

Cover photo |Evan

 

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