Digital cameras are usually hard-wearing and do not require a lot of care and maintenance. However, there are 6 deadly natural predators that in a matter of seconds can shorten a camera’s life.
By taking a few precautions, you can not only increase the life span of your photographic equipment, but you can also enhance it’s functionality and performance.
Here are 6 deadly predators and a few invaluable tips to avoid them:
- Moisture – There are innumerable ways in which moisture can end the life of your camera. Always use neck or wrist strap to prevent the device from falling into water bodies like river, lake, sea, swimming pool or bath tub. To avert damage due to condensation, keep silica gel packs in your camera-bag. They will efficiently absorb all the moisture that is formed as you move from one temperature zone to another. In humid environments, wipe the equipment often.
- Dust – It is yet another natural enemy of your digital camera. Dust does the greatest damage when it settles on the inner parts of the equipment. Image sensor is one such region which is easily damaged by dust. While traveling, keep your camera in a sealed bag, and from time to tome, get it professionally cleaned.
- Salt – Sea beaches provide a number of excellent photographic opportunities, but it is also a dangerous place. The different types of salts found in beaches can get into your camera and cause all sorts of problems including corrosion. In salty places, frequently wipe the device. When not shooting, keep it in the bag, and avoid opening it for changing lens, memory card or batteries.
- Sand – It is even more dangerous than dust. The coarse and abrasive sand particles can cause extensive damage to the moving parts.Use cleaning brushes to remove the gritty sand particles. Avoid opening your digital camera in the places where it is windy or people are running, jumping, and throwing balls or frisbees.
- Jerks and bumps – Under all circumstances protect the photographic device from jerks and bumps because they have the potential to cause severe damage. When not in use, keep your digital camera in the bag.
- Creams and lotions – Creams and lotions like sunscreen, mosquito repellant, anti-allergy ointment, and so forth have chemicals that can harm your camera in many ways. Keep these chemicals away from the equipment, and if you use them, then wash your hand before touching the device.
In addition to the above 6 natural predators, you would have to fervently protect your photographic equipment from thieves. A bit of carelessness on your part will give the crook a chance to quietly take away your gear, leaving you infuriated and perturbed. Always keep your camera in a bag that does not scream, “there is an expensive item inside”. In risky places, make sure that the bag is zipped up and tightly fastened. A good idea would be hang the bag either on your back or front. Additionally, consider getting your digital camera insured, and also avoid taking it to places where it is not needed.
About the Author:
In addition to writing tips and tricks to help people take better photos I also manage a free online photo album called OurPhotos. I use it often to upload and share my creative photographic work.
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