Digital cameras are usually hard-wearing and don’t 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 its functionality and performance.
Here are 6 deadly predators and a few invaluable tips to avoid them:
There are innumerable ways in which moisture can end the life of your camera. Always use a neck or wrist strap to prevent the device from falling into water, including lakes, rivers, the sea, swimming pools, or bath tubs.
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 is yet another natural enemy of your digital camera. Dust does the greatest damage when it settles on the inner parts of the equipment. The image sensor is one such region that’s easily damaged by dust. While traveling, keep your camera in a sealed bag, and from time to tome, get it professionally cleaned.
Ocean beaches provide a number of excellent photographic opportunities, but they’re also dangerous places as far as your camera is concerned. Salt found at 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 the camera in your camera bag, and avoid opening it for changing lenses, memory cards, or batteries.
Sand is even more dangerous than dust. 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 camera in places where it is windy or people are running, jumping, or throwing balls or Frisbees.
5. Jerks and Bumps
Under all circumstances, protect your camera from jerks and bumps, because they have the potential to cause severe damage. When not in use, keep your camera in a protective camera bag.
6. 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, wash your hands before touching the device.
In addition to the above natural predators, you 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. Always keep your camera in a bag that doesn’t scream, “there is an expensive item inside!” In risky places, make sure that the bag is zipped up and tightly fastened. It’s a good idea to hang the bag either on your back or front. Additionally, consider getting your 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 an online photo album called OurPhotos. I use it often to upload and share my creative photographic work.
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