Common Camera Problems: Failures and Fixes

Common Camera Problems: Failures and Fixes

Photographers invest into their gear to ensure that they have quality and rigid equipment for the purpose. However, as is with any electronic gear, cameras too face problems. Here we’re going to discuss about the most common camera problems, issues that can erupt due to a sudden camera breakdown and suggest a few fixes.

With heavy usage cameras are subjected to wear and tear. It is quite normal to find jammed camera parts or even buttons that essentially don’t work correctly. But with an insight into how cameras work and little practice ensures that you can minimize these issues.

Shutter Jams

A camera shutter is responsible for allowing light to pass through the lens for a specific time period so that it registers the imagery prior to going black down after the shot. The light sensitive sensor is able to capture the subject in the photography film. Trouble starts when the shutter isn’t able to go back down accurately. As a result photos are over-exposed to bright light and hence do not get captured in a timely manner. The same thing happens when the shutter is stuck and you get underexposed images as a result.

To check whether the camera shutter is working well, simply turn the flash off and set it to auto. Look through the lens and press the shutter. If you see a flicker going up and down then it is functioning normally. In case, that doesn’t happen then your camera shutter is probably stuck. Again you can check the shutter curtains while removing the lens and setting it to a slow speed. More factors such as misaligned camera, faulty timer, or even not using the camera for a while can cause such a problem.

A way to un-jam the camera shutter is to set it to manual. Turn off any features that might drain the camera’s battery. Set the shutter to the slowest speed and then click a picture. Be very cautious at this time. Open the battery door such that the sudden loss of power can cause the shutter to open. This can be done a few times until it opens. However it is always advisable to seek professional help in this regard as fixing the camera shutter is a complicated process.

Battery drainage

If the temperature drops and your camera doesn’t perform well due to the condition then it is due to the batteries exposed to the chilled weather long enough. When planning to shoot in cold, then it is important to carry an extra set of batteries since even the Lithium-ion battery will stop working after some time.

Keep the batteries wrapped in a soft towel or even close to your body (inside the coat pockets) so that they remain warm. When changing the batteries make sure that you do it carefully and avoid sudden exposure to the cold to prevent rapid condensation.

Faint images

Flash mis-synchronization can cause blurry or faint images. The flash should be well-synchronized so that the image can be captured just when the flash fires. Problems with synchronization can cause pictures to come dark in certain parts or even faint. The modern DSLR cameras come with metal blade shutters that travel across the horizontal plane in lesser time. Hence, flash synchronization problem rarely occurs.

Photographers can experience glitches with photography at one point or the other. Following the best usage practice and maintenance is suitable to prevent such problems.