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Dear Lifehacker, Recently, the LCD on my digital camera cracked. (I had just bought the camera in February.) I contacted the manufacturer and they said that I can send it in, pay an "assessment fee" and then get a quote for how much it would cost to fix the camera. I understand cracked screens are not covered by warranty, but is paying to get a quote legal?

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I have tried and failed to get into photography several times in my life. I like the idea of taking beautiful photos, but all the rules, settings and tricks seemed impenetrable. Within the last year, some of those basics finally clicked in my head, and I "got" it. Here's what did it for me, so you don't have to search for them yourself.

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Vincent Laforet is a professional filmmaker and photographer renowned for his aerial photography of Alpha cities at night. Laforet recently visited Sydney as a guest of Canon Australia where he shared a handful of nocturnal shooting tips.

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Dear Lifehacker, I'm looking to buy a new digital camera, but I don't know what specifications to focus on. I've been told megapixel ratings don't really matter when it comes to image quality, so what do I look for? What specs will tell me if a camera shoots great images or not?

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An experienced, battery-killing photographer knows what kills the juice in digital cameras, and it's the LCD screen. He recommends dimming, auto-sleeping, and avoiding shot review as much as possible, along with a few other battery-saving techniques.

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A few years ago, blogger Jimmie Rodgers's camera was stolen while volunteering in an impoverished Brazilian community, so he did what any sane person would do: He bought an new camera and made it ugly.

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You're a fan of photographing food in restaurants and your kids outdoors, and you've got about $300 to spend on a new digital camera. BestInClass can tell you what experienced shooters would recommend buying. The site, which compiles and sorts the reviews and blog posts of more than 750 professional shooters, hobbyists, and photography web sites, doesn't make you do any sorting, sifting, or weighing of whose opinions matter more. You check off boxes to indicate what you like to photograph, choose a size (fits in jacket, pants, or doesn't matter), and then slide to a price limit (though bear in mind that last one will be in US dollars). The results are a nicely streamlined selection of reviews and buyer information, topped off with a specific camera BestInClass sees as your best bet. The sites uses a "fancy algorithm developed over two years" to pick out which make and model fits what you picked as your typical uses, then ranks the rest on the same criteria. You get review outtakes, average customer reviews, technical specs on each model, and not too many ads to interrupt your dig. BestInClass expects to expand into different consumer purchase arenas, but is focused on digital cameras at launch. We can't say yet whether its algorithms do a better job than an afternoon spent feature-comparing, but it's at least a great starting point for narrowing the field. Free to use, no sign-up required.

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Nostalgic for the good old days when a cardboard box, a pinhole, and some film meant you had a camera? The DIY junkies at weblog Make update the pinhole camera to work with your standard digital camera.For your digital version of the pinhole camera, you'll need some black paper, aluminium foil, a rubber band, and tape. Ah right, and the digital camera. From there, the essence of the pinhole camera remains the same. You block out all the light around your camera, make a pinhole, and then set your camera to an ultra-long exposure. It may seem silly to turn your digital camera into a pinhole camera, considering that it already is a camera, but it's a fun project. If you give it a try, be sure to read through the comments for a few helpful tips on optimal pinhole size.

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Our gadget-loving siblings at Gizmodo offer a detailed, straightforward explanation of why more megapixels doesn't always mean a better camera. These days everything's cramming more megapixels into their cameras—like Sony Ericsson's crazy 12-megapixel cameraphone, for example—but that doesn't mean that the 12-megapixel cameraphone produces results close to what even a 10-megapixel DSLR could do. Obviously, there's a world of difference between the image quality you're going to get out each of those. Most of it comes down to the size of the sensor and the pixels. You can fit a much bigger sensor inside of a DSLR than you can inside of a mobile phone, which not only means you can fit more pixels on the sensor, you can fit much bigger ones—imagine bigger buckets to catch the light. Sure enough, the sensors inside of DSLRs are huge compared to the ones in compacts Check out Gizmodo's post for the full detailed rundown—including their nice analogy comparing pixels to light-catching buckets, which makes a lot of sense to the uninitiated. If you're a shutterbug, let's hear your thoughts in the comments. Giz Explains: Why More Megapixels Isn't Always More Better

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Nobody likes dealing with lost luggage; snapping photos of your packed suitcase before you zip up can diminish the hassle and ensure you get back everything you packed.Over at technology blog GeekSugar, they suggest photographing the contents of your bag as you pack. If your bags should come up missing, you'll have a photographic record to jog your memory when you're filling out the lost baggage forms. Additionally—if anything should be damaged or missing—you'll have something concrete to show the attendant at the claim counter other than your frustration.
Photo by striatic. Cell Phone Camera Tip: Snap Your Suitcase Contents Pre-Flight