8. Best Practices

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Lens care and tips for making better pictures

Imagine you are standing on the dock of a marina before sunrise, camera atop a tripod, and you’ve just lined up the perfect shot of boats. You want them to sway, so you plan a long exposure. You begin to shoot, using a shutter release. The first shot indicates a good exposure, an intentional blur of the boats, and the reflection of the sky is glorious. However, the shot is out of focus. A 30 mph wind is whipping straight at the camera, and the camera strap is knocking the camera around on the tripod. You wrap the strap around the tripod head’s base. ...

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