Whether it is an entry-level 300$ DSLR or a lens set costing several thousands of dollars, a digital camera can be considered as a costly investment no matter how much you earn. This doesn’t prevent the average person from treating it like a cheap point-and-shoot. This leads to camera and equipment failure happening a lot sooner that it normally would. With appropriate care, regular maintenance, and some common sense, both the equipment and your camera will last for quite a while. Consider the following next time you have a photo shoot.
Don’t use your shirt to clean the equipment
Whether you’re shooting inside, in a studio, or outside trying to get that perfect landscape shot, using your shirt to clean the camera is never an option. Our clothes soak up all the sweat, dust, and dirt, and using them to wipe your camera can only damage it. Lenses are very sensitive and prone to scratching. Even eye doctors tell their patients not to clean their glasses using anything except a microfiber cloth or a lens tissue. The same goes for your camera lenses.
Wear a strap
This might sound funny and gimmicky to some, but strapping your DSLR camera around your neck is important for a very specific reason and that is that people have a real tendency of dropping the thing they are holding in their hands. Whether it’s a smartphone, a cheap point-and-shoot or a professional digital camera, sooner or later it may happen that it accidentally slips out of your hand. You know that saying, better safe than sorry? Well, using a DSLR with a strap ensures that accidents like these don’t happen to you.
Lens caps. Use them
This is one of does that common-sense advice most people tend to ignore, but capping your lens protects it from dirt, dust particles, and humidity. If you’re not using a lens, cap both the front and the back of the lens. Some lenses can get quite expensive and to destroy them due to neglect is simply a waste of money. Threat the lenses the same way you would the rest of the camera and they will serve you for a long time.
Don’t forget to charge the batteries
Most people tend to forget this fact, but batteries actually lose a lot of their charge when you’re not using them. This applies to all types of batteries, even the lithium-ion ones. Although an empty battery can’t damage your camera per se, but having them sit in the camera for prolonged periods of time can lead to corrosion. Always make sure to both charge your batteries so they don’t cut your shoot short and remove them from the camera when it’s not in use.
Always bag your equipment
Carrying around a camera backpack or a bag may seem annoying to some, but are the simplest method of taking care of your camera equipment. This does not have to be a professional, ultra-soft cushioned photography chest, but a simple a bag or a backpack with a few padded compartments shouldn’t be that much of a hassle to carry around. Just make sure you don’t cram most of your equipment in a single compartment, this is very irresponsible and can lead to damaging your gear.
Taking care of your camera equipment is mostly about common sense combined with a minimum amount of effort. Cameras and camera gear can be quite expensive and replace it sooner than later are a waste of hard-earned money and an example of bad habits. Even if it’s a cheap point-and-shoot, taking care of it on a regular basis can ensure it lasts for a long time. Follow this advice to ensure you camera works properly and doesn’t get in the way of making incredible images.