Camera Care Tips
The modern-day camera is a marvel of digital engineering. Contemporary cameras are sophisticated pieces of equipment that involve complex microprocessors and intricate electronics.
Just as with any delicate device, proper care and maintenance is important to keep your camera healthy, happy and in good working order.
Protect Your Gear
Cameras and other photographic equipment can be damaged by exposure to dirt, sand, water and harsh elements or by accidental knocks, bumps and falls.
Here are some ideas on how to keep your gear safe.
- Store and transport your gear in a clean, padded camera bag. Make sure that each lens as well as the camera body is protected with padding on all sides. And be sure to vacuum the bag out if you’ve had it open in dirty or sandy conditions.
- Be sure that your camera strap is attached properly and then use it! (See the link in the Further Reading section below for help with this.)
- Try to get into the habit of double checking the stability of a camera that’s mounted on a tripod before stepping away from it.
- And speaking of tripod, weigh yours down if conditions are windy. One easy way to do this is to attach your camera bag to the lower extension of the tripod’s center column.
- Although I don’t normally suggest the use of UV filters, consider putting one over your lens for protection against the elements if you will be shooting on the beach or anywhere where flying particles, salt air or sand can be a problem.
- Carry a large plastic garbage bag or consider purchasing a rain cover for your camera and/or your bag in case you get caught out in wet conditions.
- Be sure to use a body cap on your camera and front and rear lens caps on your lenses when the equipment is not in use.
- Turn off your camera before switching lenses. Otherwise the small electrical charge that is maintained on the camera sensor while the camera is on can pull dust into your camera body and onto the sensor.
- In addition, point the camera opening down when changing lenses to avoid allowing dirt and dust inside.
- Switch the camera off before removing or inserting a memory card. This keeps the card in good working order and helps to avoid disrupting any active processing between the camera CPU and the card.
- Remember that using a dirty or damaged memory card can cause your camera problems. So handle memory cards with care. Store them inside a protective case and keep them away from dust and dirt. Try to remove and replace memory cards in a place that is reasonably dust-free.
For Further Reading…
How To Attach Your Camera Strap The Right Way
8 stupidly easy things you can do to keep your camera working into the next half-century
How to Take Care of Your DSLR Camera
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