Photography enriches life as it can intermingle perspectives and present moments for posterity. The photographer is a kind of historian or biographer and helps record the intimate moments of life. Here we see how we should protect the precious photography gear.
Fear not the rain
If moisture gets inside your camera, you will have mold formation. This is very bad and so you must wrap the camera and lens in a plastic bag if there is rain. Protected in a proper way from the rain by rain sleeves, you can shoot lovely pictures and who does not like the rain? Go ahead and get those delectable snapshots of rain falling down on the roses…
Fear the dust
Dust can damage the camera and lens functions. Use lens cap for both the front and the rear side. It will help protect the electrical circuitry and elements inside the camera. Use a rocket blower if you shoot in a dust-prone area. Clear the dust from the lens before you shoot.
Guard the lenses
First, use a pad between the lenses so they do not bang into each other all the time. If you shoot near the sea, use a UV filter in the front of the lens. This will protect the lens from the salt. Remember to clean the lens when you reach your room.
If you do some rock climbing, the chances are you will bang your lens into the rocks. If you use a UV filter, then you can avoid damaging the lens. The UV filter is cheap and you can replace it with ease.
Use desiccant for long-term storage
If you plan to store the camera for a long time, then put a desiccant in the camera bag. Store the camera and lens in a place with good ventilation. Replace the desiccant often as they will not keep their power long. Remove the batteries before you store them.
Keep the camera away from strong magnetic fields such as a television set. Do not use camphor balls. Protect the camera from extreme heat such as direct sunlight. The insides of a vehicle will be very hot. So, avoid storing the camera inside the car or van.
Also, the AA batteries drain over time. It is best to use them for some other devices. If you use rechargeable batteries then you can store the batteries, recharge them, and use them. But, if left unused for a long time, all batteries will lose power.
Use of memory card
Before you use the memory cards in the camera, format them in your computer. Then, switch off the power before you insert the memory card. In the same way, power off before you remove the memory card.
Cleaning the monitor
Use a blower first. Do not apply pressure to the monitor face. This will cause serious trouble. The blower will remove all the dust. Use a lens cleaner to clean the superficial dirt. If there are stains, then use chamois leather or a soft cloth with the stain remover to clean.
When you leave the camera or move the camera, use the monitor cover. A little care goes a long way and helps keep your camera in pristine condition.