Your digital camera is a precious device that allows you to capture great memories as they happen. And since you spent your hard earned money to buy it, you need to protect it at all costs.
Having a camera bag or casing is a basic rule. But what many camera owners forget are the other enemies of their photographic gadget. These can be found just about anywhere—the reason why you need to be aware of them. It’s your responsibility, as well, to know how to avoid these elements to save the life of your camera.
Did you know that your sunscreen and insect repellent can actually harm your camera? It’s true. These products are oily and can affect the delicate parts of your unit. If possible, never let the parts of your body that have these lotions touch your camera. Wash your hands before holding the camera so you can freely enjoy shooting. In case you forgot and you touched the camera, make sure to wipe the grease off right away.
Be careful as well not to put any of those items inside your camera bag. Some of you who don’t want to bring another bag when going to the beach, the pool, or the campsite may think that it’s okay to put sunscreen and other lotions in the camera bag, but if they leak, your camera is in trouble.
Keep your camera away from the sand, too. Sand has very tiny particles that can scratch and damage the delicate mechanics inside your camera. So if you need to bring your camera to the beach or the park, be sure to put your camera inside a sealable bag when not in use. You can also bring along a toothbrush or extra cloth that you can use to wipe away sand that comes in contact with your camera or lenses.
Another danger of being at the beach is the risk of exposing your camera to salt. Salt can cause corrosion. To protect your camera, wipe it clean after using. If you’re using a DSLR, use a UV filter. Remember, as well to avoid opening your camera to change batteries, lenses, or memory cards when in salty places.
While you’re at the beach or pool, be mindful about water that could get into your gadget. You could be enjoying splashing around with your friends and then taking photos or worse, you could drop the camera in water. Keep in mind that moisture can damage your camera, so after you arrive home, wipe it clean and make sure that it’s dry.
Using silica gel packs will also help keep your camera dry while inside its bag. These will be helpful particularly during times when your area experiences sudden changes in temperature.
Other elements harmful to your camera that you need to avoid are dust, bumps, drops, and of course, thieves.
About the Author:
Kalyan Kumar writes for 42photo.com, New York’s legendary camera store in business for over 40 years.
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