It can be very scary when you look up the prices of photography equipment like a new camera, lens and tripod. This is why you need to care for the equipment that you have so you don’t have to go shopping again soon. You also need to care for your photography equipment to keep them in optimal shape and performance. Here is very useful information to help you.
Get A Camera Bag
The camera gets damaged more when it’s poorly stored than when you’re moving them around for work. For protection in both cases it’s a good idea for you to invest in a cheap camera bag that will hold the camera, lens and maybe the battery charger. This will ensure complete protection of your equipment against dust, dirt and moisture. It will also help increase the survival chances of your camera in the event of a sudden fall.
Cover The Lens
Whether you’re storing the camera, moving it or taking a break at work, make sure the camera lens is covered with the cap at all times. Doing this will protect your camera lens, the most delicate and expensive part of the camera, from gathering dust or flying sand. It will also protect it against scratches and scrapes.
When you’re not using your camera for a long time you should store it in its proper place. Don’t store it where people can easily have access to it. Also avoid storing it in a place filled with moisture or inside materials that will make it quickly deteriorate e.g. polythene bags, places of extreme temperatures or close to materials that produce strong magnetic fields like TV and radio. Prevent mold from forming on your camera by taking it out once a month for some action.
Clean It Regularly
Use a clean, dry cloth made of microfiber and ultrafine materials to clean your camera. Use it to remove everything on the camera from dirt and dust particles to grease spots and finger marks. Make use of a blower to remove lint and dust from the camera body and a damp cloth with distilled water to clean the camera if you’ve used it at the beach to remove salt and sand. Be very careful when cleaning the camera lens as any small scratch may cause a permanent damage. Use a lens cleaner to conveniently remove any fingerprints on the camera lens.
Care For The Memory Card
Caring for the memory card is essential if you want to safeguard your precious photos. Make sure you always turn off the power before you insert or remove the memory card. Do not expose the memory card to heat or moisture and don’t force it into the casing. Never drop or bend the memory card and be careful not to touch the terminals with metal objects and fingers.
Don’t Forget The Battery
When you’re not making use of your camera remove the batteries so that it can last for a longer time. Make sure the camera is off before you insert the batteries. Don’t mix old and new batteries together, and neither should you mix two different battery brands. Never allow your batteries to get wet and don’t try to insert it backwards or upside down, that’s an obvious one. Do not recharge a battery that is already fully-charged or unplug it while it is charging. Use high quality batteries and recharge only when it needs to be.
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Article by James Peterson
James Peterson is a professional photographer. He needs his equipment to be in top condition for his work. For more photography tips visit Lumina.