Cameras are Computers--Update your firmware

Howdy Folks, Roger has been carrying the load for this blog for the last few months, as I have been reminded on a near daily basis.  Unfortunately, I have been off writing big proposals to try and get new business, thereby allowing me to continue my photography addiction.  Finally, I’ve caught a brief break and have recommenced my housekeeping chores including taking care of my camera. 

I often forget that the brains behind my camera is only partly me—yes Roger, a very small part, I’ll save you the trouble.  There is a lot of embedded software, called “firmware”  inside your cameras and the manufacturers are continually looking at how they can improve the operations of their systems.

We are all used to getting the updates for whatever image editing programs we are using, be it Photoshop Elements, or Adobe Lightroom.  You have to work a slight bit harder to update the firmware, but it is definitely an important part of being properly prepared as a photographer. 

For Nikon owners, you can go to  http://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/list and select your camera model and computer operating system and follow the directions.   Nikon software has an A and a B side and you need to do both.   It involves using a blank memory card and your card reader to download the upgrades and they have step by step instructions on how to do it. 

For those CANON shooters head over to http://www.usa.canon.com/dlc/controller?act=GetProductLineAct&productLineID=3 and dig around under your camera model. 

For me, here are just a few of the updates in the new software load

The following improvements have been made in version 1.10

- The Highlights playback display option has been moved from Display mode > Basic photo info > Highlights in the playback menu to Display mode > Detailed photo info > Highlights.  - The size and color of “Demo” displayed in the monitor with playback when No memory card? in the Custom Settings is set to Enable release, have been modified.  - The range of settings available for ISO sensitivity settings > ISO sensitivity auto control > Minimum shutter speed in the shooting menu has been increased from 1/250 – 1 s to 1/4000 – 1 s. - When shooting in hand-held live view mode and the frame is magnified prior to autofocusing, operation has been modified so that display returns to the magnified display rather than full-frame display.  - Images captured with Rotate tall, in the playback menu, set to On are not automatically rotated for display immediately after capture (image review). - A Copyright information item has been added to the setup menu.  When Copyright information is enabled, the copyright symbol (©) is shown in the shooting info display. 

It also improves the display of GPS data, which is a topic that Roger can and does go on forever about. 

So, go check your manufacturers website and make sure the smart part of your camera is up to speed so you, the creative part can get the most out of your partnership.