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Chapter 2. Camera Accessories and Add-on... > Organizing your digital camera equip...

Organizing your digital camera equipment

As digital technology improves and camera prices drop, many digital photographers are looking to upgrade, sometimes as often as once or twice a year. Others have a point-and-shoot for everyday use and a more complex model for portraits or landscapes. But with every new camera comes a new set of cables, chargers, batteries, memory cards, and other accessories that can clutter your workspace and make using several cameras a hassle. Since most digital camera manufacturers use proprietary connections and power sources, you'll have to learn to live with a collection of digital camera equipment. However, by getting organized and removing what isn't necessary, you can optimize your workflow and enjoy your multiple digital cameras without the mess.

The curse of the cluttered cables

The cables used to connect your camera and provide power are the main cause of desktop clutter. Almost every digital camera comes with a USB, FireWire, or serial cable to connect the camera to the computer, and almost all can run from an AC adapter to save battery life. Combine just those two cables with your mouse and keyboard cables and your desktop starts to look like a bowl of spaghetti.


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