Watch the video: 6 Photographic Tips for Camera Lens and Body Caps
It looks like there is an endless sea of accessories on the market available for DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, but there is one particular item I can guarantee every photographer: the humble lens and the caps supplied with your camera.
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For interchangeable lens cameras, you will have a total of three caps: a lens cap, which snaps onto the front of the lens to protect the front element, a rear lens cap, which protects the lens. rear lens element, and a housing cap, which goes over the camera mount to protect the inner workings and delicate image sensor. They’re all designed to keep dust out and protect your optics, so they won’t get scratched when your kit is stored and not in use.
You can find out the size of your front lens cap by removing it from the lens and looking at the back of it, it will say which size of filter thread it fits, like 77mm or 58mm for example – it also tells you what size filters you can also fit your lenses.
We’ll take a look at how you can modify lens caps to improve their usability, take more creative photos, and even prevent you from losing them so easily!
01 Solve white balance problems
It is possible to purchase lens caps with a built-in white balance reference – just make sure you get one that matches the front filter thread of your lens. The idea is that you can use it to set a custom white balance in the camera, or keep it in a “test” shot and use it as a reference point when editing.
You can use the white balance eyedropper tool in Adobe Camera Raw or Lightroom to click on the white part of the lens cap to adjust the white balance. You will then have perfectly precise colors and white balance, which you can then synchronize with your other photos. This is useful if you constantly misplace your gray cards and color accuracy is important to you.
02 Making a pinhole lens
Take wonderfully faithful images with a basic pinhole lens, which you can craft with an aftermarket cap. To start, mark the center of your body cap and place it in a vise or on an old piece of scrap wood. Then use a drill bit about 1 cm in diameter to drill the middle of the cap.
Smooth out the rough edges with sandpaper and make sure it is totally clean and there are no small plastic particles left. Now glue a small piece of foil on the back side to cover the hole, take your time to get a neat finish. Then you need to poke a small hole in the foil with a pin – which makes your pinhole lens complete.
Attach it to your camera and switch to manual mode to start taking abstract and lo-fi images. We also found a tripod useful when shooting.
03 Never lose the lens caps again
I’m sure we’ve all had a problem with lens caps, and that’s getting them off and losing them. A neat solution is to tie a piece of string to your lens cap and hook it onto the camera strap mount on your camera body, which is common on bridge cameras. Although this only works well if you are using lenses that have the same filter thread, or if you plan to use a single lens for long periods of time.
To do this, remove the lens cap and place it on a surface you are not afraid to punch through, such as an old block of wood, and drill two small holes on the outer edge of the lens cap. Now smooth the rough edges with sandpaper and run your nylon string through, then loop it over the camera strap holder.
04 Keep your memory cards safe
If you constantly misplace your SD cards in your pencil case, this tip might help you organize them better. Take a spare body cap and rear lens cap and slide your SD cards in, then screw the caps back together. They are then in a memorable place and will not be able to slip out of your bag unnoticed. They will also be a bit more splash resistant, so give it a try!
05 Add color!
Have a set of brightly colored caps, like these from Fotodiox, will make them harder to lose around your house or on a shoot as they will instantly stand out, they also make it easier to find your kit when looking in your kit bag at night when visibility is poor.
06 Thinking caps
We love Cooph’s clothing, acronym for Cooperative of Photography, as some of his clothing like the Beanie Comfy L-Cap has a built-in lens cap pocket. Some of their shirts also feature a pocket for a lens cap and some also have a built-in microfiber lens cleaning cloth, which could be the perfect solution if, like me, you constantly misplace them. Don’t forget to check out the full range here.
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