Oh Snap — Tips for Taking Care of and Protecting Your Camera

As with anything else that you’re passionate about, your camera requires your attention. From protecting the camera itself to ensuring a long battery life, it’s important to take precautions. You want to give your beloved camera a long life! Here are some tips to help you do just that.

Camera

Obviously, you must protect your camera. You can easily provide protection by slipping everything into a padded camera bag. Most camera bags feature interior pockets that are designed to protect your camera while you’re out shooting, as well as when you’re not using it. Besides keeping the pieces safe, you can also have everything organized. Many bags even come with specialty straps to add comfort while holding your gear. 

If you’re out and about, you must safeguard your camera from the elements. For example, a rain cover protects the camera from water. Longer lenses can also benefit from a camera canopy; the entire length is shielded from the rain. Some photographers find themselves working in extreme heat. Your camera probably isn’t built for such conditions, but it’s easy to cover it with a towel to provide some protection. Whatever weather you plan to shoot in, take a few steps to protect your camera.

Lenses

Your camera’s reliability requires quality lenses. As such, it’s important to focus on their protection, too. Scratches are often a photographer’s worst enemy. To avoid potential scratches, invest in filters. If your camera bumps into something, it’s a lot cheaper to buy new filters than new lenses. Alternatively, you could also keep a hood or cap on your camera’s lens. If you find your lens with moisture, it’s important to wipe it off as quickly as possible. Always use an appropriate fabric, like a microfiber cloth. It’s a good idea to clean off fingerprints, smudges, and dirt. Specialty cleaning sprays are available to provide the best results. Also, if practical, keep your lens changes to a minimum.

Battery

Your camera’s battery is the powerhouse behind your photography, literally. Depending on the type of battery your camera requires, always keep some spares, just in case. Many new lithium batteries are rechargeable, so it’s a good idea to keep a portable charger handy. Digital cameras will typically give some sort of indication as to the life left for use. Prolonging the life of your battery is ideal. You’ll want to always protect them from moisture. Try using plastic bags when using your device in rain or snow. If the weather is cold, your battery will benefit from keeping toasty with hand warmers. 

To ensure a long battery life, make sure your camera is completely shut off when not in use. Leaving batteries in the compartment is usually fine if you’re regularly snapping photos. For extended periods of time with no use, take those batteries out. You should be able to extend the camera’s energy by dimming the screen’s brightness and using the flash sparingly.

 

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