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Take Care Of Your Camera!

Take care of your Camera!

This charge sounds like a simple matter. My recent safari in the game reserves of South African (SA inspired me to share this with you.

The situations I faced on my trip apply equally for any outdoor shoots. To take care of your camera pay attention and prepare for the following situations.

Insect Repellent

Protection against insects while outdoors is necessary. However, be careful that the repellent is not sprayed on the Camera. The chemicals from the repellent could cause damage to delicate parts of the Camera. Also, it is a good practice not to keep the repellent in your camera bag. Use wipes to keep your hands clean after applying the repellent.

Dust

Dust will play havoc with the sensor in your Camera. The solution in this situation is to wipe your camera down after each shoot. Be careful of dust and dirt when changing lens. Where you change your lens requires special attention. In the dusty outdoors of SA, I used a cover over my Camera for protection.

Water/Moisture

Water will ruin your Camera. Preventive measures like using a camera cover when it is misty or raining or carrying your camera lens down will help. Reports of Cameras being dropped in rivers, and other bodies of water happen often. Use of neck or wrist straps can save you from this lose.

Moisture will come in the form of condensation. Moving from one temperature to another with your camera (for example the warm car to a cold morning outdoors).

Placing silica gel packs, which absorbs moisture, in a sealed plastic bag with your camera when moving between temperatures, can help.

Bumps and Drops

Drops and bumps can easily occur and result in a total loss of your Camera. Treat your camera like a precious and irreplaceable item. That means checking to make sure the camera is included on the home insurance coverage. Using a padded camera bag to carry and store your camera when not in use will help keep that camera safe. Riding in a truck over rough terrain, I just held on tight.

Thieves

Expensive camera equipment can be an easy mark. Carry the least amount of equipment that you can get away with. Use a Camera case that does not say “I have a camera in here”. When working without a camera bag, keep the camera in front of you rather than your back.

Nothing takes the place of knowledge of the area and about conditions where you shoot. Hopefully with these points in mind, the next time you head out on a shoot you will feel more confident about how to take care of your Camera.

A blog by Darren Rowse in DPS was consulted for this post.