Photographers (both amateurs and professionals) have one thing in common: Neither of them would think of leaving their photography equipment at home whenever they go traveling.
Although traveling provides an awesome opportunity to capture memorable photos, few people want to cover the risk of damage to his/her photography equipment while on the go. So have these tips to ensure your photography equipment’s safety.
1. Check your camera before packing
Make sure that everything on the camera is intact. Check the lens caps, USB covers, battery panel, etc. This will also help you notice if there has been any damage inflicted during your previous travels.
2. Don’t forget your battery charger
When packing your camera, make sure that you bring your battery charger with you. You wouldn’t like to have a trip scheduled for multiple days and have the battery dead before day one ends, and your charger’s inadvertently left at your house.
3. Have a lens and camera equipment in hand
If you’re going to take photographs in places with bad weather, the lens of your camera will need cleaning whenever you’ll use your DSLR. A soft cloth (like the cloth for wiping eyeglasses) to cleanse the lens should be in your bag.
Note: Never clean a dry lens, you should breathe some moisture on the glass and then clean it.
4. Detach your lens from the camera body
If you have a camera (with removable lens), don’t travel with the lens still attached to the camera body. If you forget to detach the lens, you can cause some damage to the threads that are used to hold the lens to the camera body (this is if the camera shifts during your travel, pressure may be applied to the lens).
Note: Don’t forget that you correctly place your lens cap, lens rear cap, and the body cap. This is to ensure that no dirt can go inside to harm any part of your camera body or lens.
5. Place your camera in a camera bag
If you have an expensive equipment for your camera, you might want to buy a camera bag which has padding inside. Some of this padded bags or casings are made for various types of lenses or camera bodies, even the type of your photography-style,an example for this is the Case Logic SLRC-205 SLR sling bag (perfect for SLR type cameras, and for the adventure type photographers). However, if a specialized bag is nowhere to be found, you can pack your camera in a bag with cushions or wrap your camera before it goes inside your carry-on-bag. Also see to it that the LCD goes first, it’s best that your camera lies flat on its back to avoid stress on the lens area.
Note: If you pack your camera in a carry-on-bag with toiletries in it, be sure to place your camera inside a plastic bag to protect it from unexpected liquid spills.
6. Plastic covers
Any variety of plastic bag that can tighten over your DSLR camera’s body and can seal out liquid, yet still allows to access the buttons will suffice. This is perfect for rain shoots. You can buy handy camera covers like these in photography supply stores. If there’s no plastic covers like these, you can even use a shower cap found in your hotel to protect the camera body.
About the Author:
Maro Chow writes for a site specializing in DSLR camera bags. You will find reviews as well as prices for select DSLR camera bags. They have information regarding the sturdiest, protective, easy to access bags for DSLRs.
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