Tip of the Day - Remove that skylight filter!

The solution to keeping dirt off your lenses and the front element scratch free is not necessarily that $20 skylight filter that the guy at the camera store told you to buy, it's being careful and planning ahead. That extra piece of glass in front of your camera degrades the contrast and sharpness of your images, while at the same time darkening the corners of the photos you take.

Unless you're using that skylight filter as a waterproof barrier of some sort when taking photos in the rain, I recommend leaving it at home. Or better yet, use the money you save and invest in a really nice circular polarizing filter.