How to defeat your DSLR camera’s enemies

Camera care is one of the more mundane tasks you’ll perform as a photographer, but ultimately it’s one of the more important.

To help you with your camera care, here are some of the most high-risk elements that can turn your perfectly functioning digital camera into a frustrating, lifeless paperweight.

Below are some of your digital camera’s worst enemies and our tips for how to overcome them.

Enemy #1 – Moisture

Splashed DSLR

Photo via Ricoh-Imaging

In addition to the obvious problems rain, spray and a dunk in the sea can have on cameras that aren’t weatherproofed, the hidden threat of humidity is a slow camera killer. Mould and fungal growth can wreak havoc with expensive electrical parts.

If you’re traveling in a humid country, place silica gel packs in with your gear. Try wrapping your camera tightly in a plastic bag when moving from cold to warm temperatures and ensure you let it acclimatize slowly – condensation should form on the bag instead of the camera body.

Enemy #2 – Sand

Dirty DSLR

Photo via We Travel And Blog

If you’re hitting the beach, keep your gear safely zipped up in your camera bag. Wrap it in a plastic bag for protection and only take it out when you’re going to shoot.

Use a cleaning brush to remove abrasive sand grains from cameras and lenses each day, paying attention to moving parts such as lens focus and zoom rings. It’s a good idea to empty your bag and clean that out each day too.

Enemy #3 – Dust

Dusty sensor

It’s a tireless battle trying to keep your camera’s sensor dust free. Take common-sense precautions such as keeping your gear zipped away in bags when driving in dusty environments.

Consider using the weatherproof cover that comes with many bags to add an extra layer of protection. Fit a zoom lens with a wide range of focal lengths so that you don’t have to change lenses unnecessarily – and switch your camera off if you do.

Enemy #4 – Salt

Set on a beach

Photo by Mila Zinkova

Shooting near or on the sea – particularly on windy days – can leave your gear exposed to the corrosive effects of salt water.

To protect the front element of your lens, fit a clear UV filter and wipe your gear down with a cloth or T-shirt that you’ve dampened with a little fresh water. Make sure your camera’s battery is charged and that you’ve enough room on the memory card so you don’t have to open up those parts of the camera.

Enemy #5 – Sun cream

Sun cream

No-one wants a greasy handgrip and LCD monitor, so carry a bottle of fresh water and wash your hands before touching your kit. This is vital if you’ve applied insect repellent as well. Don’t be tempted to carry bottles of sun protection and repellent in your camera bag – a leak will be costly.

(via Digital Camera World)
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