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Monday, July 20, 2009

Uncle Bob asks... Is Your Camera In Love With Your Computer?

Happy Monday Folks!

Uncle Bob here, and today I want to talk about a question that I know has been on everybody's mind a lot lately... Is Your Camera In Love With Your Computer?

It's an obvious question when you think about it. Two very attractive pieces of sophisticated electronics, both of which you love and use for photography... it's a problem that's bound to come up at some point.

I mean can you blame them?

Think of it from your camera's point of view. You plug it's memory cards into your computer all the time... for some folks it's several times a day. There's an unspoken level of intimacy there.

Some of you may even let your computer format your camera's cards, cranking it up yet another notch. I don't even let my wife format my cards. :)

And what about how your computer sees things. You, constantly handling your camera, cradling it lovingly in your hands, taking care not to bump it or push it's buttons too hard. You even make sure you place it loving in it's camera bag before and after every use. How could your computer not start to wonder if there isn't something just a little special about that camera you show all that care and attention to, never mind the amount of time you spend with it or the amount of money you spend on it!

Yes, you can see it's a situation that's just bound to occur sooner or later. How could it not? All the signs are there. Hey, it was you that introduced them! You made their worlds collide.

Not to worry though. There's a couple ways to make sure you don't end up in the middle of a messy situation between two of your best friends.

Make sure you set boundaries. Make it clear you don't want to know about it if they decide to take their relationship to the next level. You're happy for them, you just want to keep your relationship with your camera and your relationship with your computer just the way it is. What they do on their own time is up to them.

Don't show favoritism to one over the other, and if you do, hide it. Favoritism is a sure way to get your camera or your computer upset with you. Make sure you let them know they're both just as important as the other in your photography world, and to you personally.

If you follow these two simple rules, you've got a good chance of never finding yourself lying awake at night worrying if your camera is in love with your computer. It won't matter anyways, because you'll have followed good 'ole Uncle Bob's advice and kept yourself in the clear.

See you next Monday,
Uncle Bob


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