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April 30, 2015

by Dick Reizner, creativeplanetnetwork

Dick Reizner provides monthly “Tips to Clip” via The Creative Planet Network.  See the archives of past months of helpful media tips to make your life just a little easier.  You can check out the current and previous “Tips to Clip” columns online by going here.  In the meanwhile, check these out…

Conquering Cold

Condensation will form on any cold object moved into a warm environment. To prevent moisture buildup after shooting in the cold, put your camera and lenses into an airtight plastic bag. In a warm environment, the moisture will form on the outside of the bag instead of on your gear, so your equipment will remain dry while warming up. Leave the bag sealed for about two hours or until the gear is at room temperature.

A Gripping Tale

THE PROBLEM: How do you remove a screw-in filter or lens that seems to be fused in place? You don’t want to use a metal wrench because of the damage it could cause.

THE TIPS: Put a couple of rubber bands around the lens to give you a better grip.

Drape a piece of common AC twin-lead lamp cord over the filter or lens. Then, pinching the wire just below the lens, use the wire “handle” as a wrench to unscrew it.

The lens technicians at Fujinon suggest you put on a pair of dishwashing gloves to improve your grip.

Tripod Tighteners

Save those plastic pads that come with a new pack of DVDs or CD-ROMs—they make a great tensioner for camera plates. Ken DeWoody of San Diego writes that many cameras twist a bit on the tripod because it’s tough to get a tight fit between the camera and the quick-release camera plate. Ken puts the pad between the camera and the mounting plate (as pictured), making it easy to tighten it up for a nice, snug fit that is still easy to remove.