I'm a newbie into Photography. This is the picture of my new Omega Seamaster watch taken by a Sony point and shoot cam. I tried clicking a few pictures of the watch.
I enjoy Photography especially black and white.
Recently it's been rather cold here. There's even snow in some parts and that's just not right for November.
Consequently there's been a lot of indoor time recently and that's not good for twitchy fingered photographers.
Wandering around you suddenly start to see the interior of your home through photographic eyes. Would that light fitting look good in close up? Is there a little detail on the edge of that armchair that I've missed before?
Nine times out of ten the answer is "no". There's probably very little lying around your home of photographic interest that hasn't already been photographed. But you know how it is – it's cold outside and you want to take some photos!
This is a little how I feel about Vizzy's photo. Not much else going on, want to take some photos, got a new watch. Put it all together and you have the photo above.
In photographic terms it's not something that grabs me. It is after all just a watch. Lovely watch mind, but still just a watch.
But there is something else that grabbed me about this photo, and it's not its photographic quality. It's about security.
Suppose the worst happened and you are the victim of crime – a burglary or even worse a robbery (and I sincerely hope it never, ever happens to you). Or possibly your home is razed by fire (and again, I really hope this never happens).
Suppose something of value is lost such as jewellery or your brand new Omega Seamaster. Hopefully you will have it insured but the insurance company (and the police) might want a few more details about your treasured item than just your description. And this is where a photo of it can really come into its own.
If you have a photo of the item(s) you can pass on you will be in a much better position to get compensation. And if the item is ever retrieved you will be able to show clearly that it really is yours and you're not just making it up.
So if you're going to photograph some of your valuables, here's what you need to do:
- First photograph the item with you in the photo – it helps prove you are the owner.
- Photograph the item again close up and on the highest quality setting your camera can do – this enables anyone to really zoom into the photo afterwards to spot small details, perhaps a small chip in something, or a tiny mark.
- Store the photo safely. Put it onto a memory card and put it somewhere safe. Keep a copy on your computer. Also store a copy online (should the absolute worst happen and your house is destroyed you will still be able to access the online copy)
I appreciate that after such a dreadful scenario this may be the last thing on your mind. But when it comes to compensation it can certainly help.
Wow, I've got really gloomy on this submission (must be the cold weather!), sorry about that. Still, I hope this is a useful tip and thanks to Vizzy for jogging my memory on this one,
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