The Meat is in the Maintenance

With another week come to a close, I got a late start in recording and putting together the podcast for today, so it’s going up a tad late.  However, as the old saying goes, good things come to those who wait.  This week, I look at some of the photo news, relevant to Canon users, photographers, and just some good old news tidbits.  In the “meat and potatoes”of the week, I look at what should be included in an extensive maintenance schedule for any photographer, including cleaning, software, firmware, batteries, data, backups – literally the whole schmear!  It’s quite the meaty helping on maintenance, so be sure to bookmark, download, listen, and whatever it is others do when enjoying podcasts as this is sure to be useful info for lots of people!

I also remind everyone of how you can win a Think Tank Photo Streetwalker!  This is a $150 value bag, and there are still a few opportunities left to participate in the random drawing.  Make sure you tune into the third segment to find out how (sorry, but only domestic US residents are eligible…) this can be yours for a simple song!  (Hint:  Make a post to the blog and you will probably be entered to win!)

Finally, I take a few listener questions from Josh and LaRae (thanks for the comments and email), as well as your weekly photo tip.  I made same changes to the recording process that I think have cleaned it up quite a bit, so I’d really like to hear some feedback on what people think of the difference in audio quality this go around!  Please don’t be shy, and make sure you let iTunes know they’ve dropped the feed!


Have a good weekend everyone.  Happy shootin, and we’ll see you back here Monday morning!

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7 comments for “The Meat is in the Maintenance

  1. Thomas Babineau
    January 25, 2009 at 7:29 am

    I just picked up this feed and so far it’s like a good book I can’t put down. As a part time designer I’d like t make a comment on the blod design. Most of us out here who are into photography, podcast and RSS feeds are more advanced computer users and therefore will typically have high resolution widescreen displays. This blog design doesn’t utilize my screen space efficiently with it’s layout. I realize that you need to design to the lowest common denominator, but I would guess that your width could be increased another 20% thereby providing a more pleasing viewing experience and not lose anyone in the process. Scrolling down is a must, but minimizing that requirement is beneficial to the user.

    Otherwise, I love it. Thanks for putting in all the hard work so us newbies and pro’s alike can learn.

  2. January 25, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Hi Thomas, thanks for sharing your thoughts on the blog layout – I’ve been giving it some thought myself both for utilization of real estate as well as to allow for a great range of images from my library for the header. Lots of additional possibilities in that…

  3. January 25, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I have not been receiving the RSS feed for the past few days and when I clicked on the feed icon today I got the following error.

    The XML page cannot be displayed
    Cannot view XML input using XSL style sheet. Please correct the error and then click the Refresh button, or try again later.


    Required white space was missing. Error processing resource ‘’. Line 204, Positio…

    <enclosure url=”″ length=”a:5:{s:6:”format”;s:14:”def…

  4. January 25, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Hi Greg,

    Thanks for taking the time to drop me a note about this. I think there may be some problems with Feedburner as I just did a migration from the dedicated feed through the old Feedburner to the new one under the Google umbrella. I was just able to pull the feed from the blog page, so my guess is there will be a bit of adjustment for the next week or so on that. Hopefully iTunes will get their %^&* in gear too! LOL

  5. Mark Soderlund
    January 27, 2009 at 1:36 pm

    I was glad to see that the podcast downloaded via iTunes. I’ve been missing your podcast recently.
    The maintenance section was interesting to me. I’ve never thought about emptying the camera bag completely and cleaning it out. You mentioned microfiber cleaning cloths. I’ve noticed that mine say to wash them without fabric softener.

    Thanks for an informative podcast.

  6. January 27, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    I don’t think I heard you mention this on the podcast, but it’s a new part of my maintenance routine: check your SD/CF/whatever cards for wear and tear and especially cracks. As soon as I get a few spare minutes I’ll write up my near-horror-story for my blog. Short version: you REALLY don’t want pieces of a worn-out SD card breaking off inside your camera!

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