May 13, 2013

[Guest Post] Cameras: Capturing the Moment

Almost everyone at some point or another has held a camera at some point in his or her life. Heck, if your reading this, there's a good change your reading from something containing a camera. Whether it's a smartphone, or a laptop, it probably has a camera. People see cameras everyday in many forms. They are essentially what we use to capture the world around us, and we use them to make memories. Whether it's simply a camera from a smartphone, or an expensive $500 camera, we still use them to capture the world around us.

Remember the days before smartphone cameras? When if you forgot the digital camera, you were completely hopeless in taking a good picture. While it's true digital cameras generally take better pictures, it doesn't change the fact that a smartphone can still be a lifesaver. What would we do without smartphones? Honestly, could we even survive? Chances are, if you've been using a camera for any length of time, you've had some technical difficulties. Who hasn't when it comes to little button-pushing things with a million settings and a tiny screen. Thankfully however, some problems can be solved far easier than others.

If you’re freaking out because your camera won't turn on, let's not cause a scene here. Chances are your batteries dead. I've done it too, crying over the loss of a $150 digital camera only to find a dead battery. Just buy a new one, and keep on taking those pictures. If the images from your camera don't look right, the solution usually involved cleaning your camera's LCD screen. If this doesn't solve your problem, it's possible that the resolution at which you shot your photo wasn't high enough to create a good image on the digital camera's screen.

If you've ever heard of the dreaded lens fungus and disregarded it, beware. While if you live in the desert, it shouldn't be a problem, but if you live in a wetter climate, this can happen to your camera. Lens fungus occurs when water is trapped inside the surface of the camera. If the water gets warm enough, obviously fungus can grow. The fungus will look a little like a spider, and it could affect your pictures. The obvious solution to prevent this from happening is to simply try to avoid getting your camera wet. If your camera does happen to get wet, dry it off as soon as possible to prevent anything bad from happening.

For a lot of people, getting that first digital camera can be a big step. Most people are getting more and more accustomed to simply using their iPhones for those special moments. But, even though it's an extra electronic device to carry, wouldn't you like your pictures to be of the highest quality possible? For pictures or videos, the best is usually preferable.

The first cameras were basically huge boxes with a lens and a focusing screen. Though they weren't as good as cameras today, I bet some people would find those things easier to operate. And plus, a good number of people prefer the looks of older cameras rather than the sharper image of cameras today. Though I will admit there is something special about taking a picture and watching it come out of a camera before you eyes.

So with cameras, we really are at a point in society when living without them just doesn't seem possible. How else could you easily capture those wonderful and special moments in life? While paintings are great and beautiful, getting a painting of your children standing in front of Mickey Mouse may take a while, and some coaxing too. Cameras have become an everyday necessity for so many people, not just photographers. I mean living without them just seems impossible now. So use your camera! Take pictures (even if the people your taking a picture of want you to stop) and record the moments so you can see them again and again forever...

About The Author

A natural born writer, Stacey Barton writes professionally and for fun across a wide range of niches with particular attention to how classic brands can continue to offer the same product for decades and somehow survive the turbulent and ever changing consumer market.