When I was a photography major in college (grad in 2002) my Basic Photo teacher pointed out one of the best ways to get more great photos was simply to take more pictures. And the way to get more pix (other than always having your camera with you) is to make it easy: ditch the lens cap.
That extra half-second to be ready can reduce the number of pix you take, the way having to maintain a food journal reduces the amount some people eat. It’s one more step.
My favorite thing now (and the first thing I do after buying a new camera) is to go buy a simple UV filter to screw on the front of the lens. This
- Provides basic protection (like a regular cap)
- Is relatively inexpensive (especially compared to the cost of the camera/lens)
- Has the advantage of being clear, and eliminating the lens-cap lag-time.
Works for me! (More ideas at Rocks in my Dryer)