7 Handy Tips To Take Care of Your DSLR Camera and Lenses This Monsoon
Keeping your camera well maintained, especially during the rainy days is imperative to quality photos and the lifelong care of your camera. If you don’t get prepared early enough, you might be surprised when your expensive kit suddenly stops working, just a few days into your large shooting projects. No photographer can afford that, right.
Whether is a Single Lens Reflex (SLR) of $180 or DSLR going for more than $15000, cameras are there to remind us of the people in our lives, the emotions of different events we have attended and the beauty of places we have visited. Besides being a reasonable costly investment, it also makes personal sense to maintain proper care of care of cameras and the gears that come with it. Below are some of the useful tips you ought adapting to ensure you take proper care of your camera:
Well, here are handy tips to keep your camera and lenses safe this monsoon
1. Use a good quality camera bag
You should consider purchasing one to shield your camera against moisture. In fact, you’ll also be provided with a raincoat when you buy the camera bag. Make sure you put on the raincoat for the camera bag before you leave for a shoot. If you were not given a raincoat when you bought the camera bag, you can alternatively use an umbrella. But if you accidentally forget to carry an umbrella or raincoat, it would be an imperative idea to cover the camera bag with anything you have, maybe a jacket.
2. Get rain covers
There are different rain covers available out there in the market. The good part is that they are inexpensive, and so there’s no reason to prevent you from buying one for your camera. If you’re not into the idea of purchasing one, you can simple use a clear plastic bag to cover the camera and then tie them up using rubber bands.
3. Be sure to use the lens hoods
This will help prevent the rain from directly hitting the camera lens. As a matter of fact, good shots are sometimes saved by the lens hood.
4. Use only one lens
Photographers are always instructed to avoid changing lens when shooting in rain. Therefore, you should plan to use only one lens for the entire shoot. But, if it’s necessary for you to change it, then you should do that on a safe zone.
5. Carry silica gel packs in your backpack
It will help absorb the moisture, keeping your camera safe and fungus free. But make sure to replace the silica gel bags at regular intervals. Also, you should not keep your camera in an air tight container with excessive amount of silica gel because it will end up drying up all the lubricants of the camera’s mechanism.
6. Disassemble the lens kit after completing a shoot and keep it under a UV lamp
Water can accidentally enter the lenses and sensors, and consequently cause mold formation. Mold can easily damage the image and cause particles to stick onto the sensor, resulting in unpleasant spots on your photos. The best preventative measure would be to clean your equipment, disassemble the lens kit and place it under a warm area. You should also keep in mind not to forget removing the memory card for and copying and charge the batteries when you’re in the dry areas.
7. Service your camera
You should visit your camera’s service center atleast once in a season for a complete check-up and thorough cleaning. Also, if you’re uncomfortable with any of the cleaning or maintenance, consider sending your camera out. Well, you’ll find it worth the money and time spent rather than the risk of damaging it.