Recently a shiny new camera arrived in our household. Amidst the glee of the new device we happened to skip a few things we usually do with every new camera and the results really put a crimp in our picture taking the next day. To help avoid a repeat of this, we created this helpful 5 point list.
5 Things You Should Do When You Get a New Camera:
1. Fully charge the battery.
Often your new camera will arrive with a little bit of juice in the battery. We've yet to see a camera arrive with instructions to not fully charge the battery before you use it, so take their advice and give it a solid charge. This charge typically takes 4-6 hours.
2. Check the image settings on the camera.
We prefer to shoot RAW and most of the time cameras do not arrive with that as the default image setting. Check your settings before you start shooting to save yourself quite a bit of disappointment when you upload them later and discover much lower res images than you were hoping for.
3. Collect all of the materials that came in the box and put them in a bag.
We're not naturally organized people so when a new piece of tech ends up in our home the odds are everything that came with it will soon be lost. To combat this we put the various materials that come with the new tech in a clear plastic zip bag and label the bag with a marker. We put the date and the model number of the device on the bag and keep all of these bags in a box. This system has worked wonders for us and comes in handy when it comes time to sell the device or learn how to do something new on it (far easier to find the manual).
4. Format your old memory card in your new camera.
Imagine this, you're out shooting with your new camera and you get home only to find card errors due to the formatting your old camera left on the card. This is not fun and yes, this did happen to us. Start fresh with your new camera and format your old memory card in the new camera before you start shooting.
5. Check the warranty info.
Every camera comes with warranty information. Sometimes in order to take advantage of the warranty you're required to submit some information to the manufacturer within a specific time window. Since you're having fun looking at all the cool stuff that came with your new camera, take a gander at the warranty info, learn if there is anything required for the warranty (do you need to send in proof of purchase or a barcode from the box?) and learn what's covered and for how long.
What do you do when you get a new camera?
(Images: Joelle Alcaidinho)