Photographic Equipment Maintenance, Tips and Advice
Got a new digital camera for the holidays? Probably you are looking to start snapping right away! But, before you start photographing, there are few things that you must keep in mind in order to increase the life span of your digital camera. Here are some of the best ways in which you can maintain your camera.
Extreme heat, rain, and snow can cause damage to your digital camera. However, to be able to protect your investment make sure that you purchase a water proof padded camera bag, as it will be the best protection for your camera from climatic atrocities. It even softens the blow from occasional bumps if you are on road.
Protection from heat is important as you don’t want to cause an impact like plastic melting due to extremely hot conditions, example: leaving your camera inside the car during hot summer days. Cover the camera in a thick towel to protect it from the heat. Also, make sure when purchasing a camera, to get a lighter colour and not dark as this will enhance heat absorption to some degree, just to be aware.
Make sure that you keep the camera in your coat pocket close to your body so that it remains in safe temperature even when the outside is cold. Body heat is a good way to protect the camera.
Cleaning the lens
The most sensitive part of your camera is its lens. It is always recommended that you clean the lens thoroughly with utmost caution and safety prior to operation. Use a lint or muslin cloth to carefully wipe off dust accumulated on the surface. A soft brush is also good for removing dust particles from the memory card slot. Do not use paper napkin to clean the lens.
Scratch guard protection
Always wipe off the LCD with dry cloth. Cover with a scratch guard so that the equipment remains protected from direct contact with the screen as well as excessive pressure that might result in improper functioning of the display.
Memory card compatibility
The camera should have the recommended or compatible memory card that should fit into the card slot properly. Any mismatch in the card can result in damaged memory slot which is very expensive to fix.
Also be sure to check the maximum or minimum memory of a memory card that your camera can specifically take to avoid data corruption and other form of data mulfunctions.
Camera batteries are the portable main power source of your equipment and most of these batteries are rechargeable lithium batteries. Do not keep the batteries inside the camera for a long time when not in use as it will cause electrode discharge specially if using a non-rechargable battery types resulting in short circuit or damage to the electronic circuitry. It is harmful both for the user and the device. Always remove the batteries safely and store it in a dry place after use.
Improper file transfer from the gadget to your computer can cause short circuiting. Malicious program can corrupt your system files as well as the equipment memory and the operating system. Make sure to connect your camera to a clean computer and not just any computer, specially away from home. Never disconnect your devices when transferring files.
Nobody can prevent theft occurrence and there are several things that you can do to greatly reduce its chances, specially if you are on an unfamiliar place during your overseas trips. Keep your brand new digital camera under wraps. It is not necessary for others to know about your purchase.
Carry another large bag or a shoulder strap carrying bag to keep it safely inside. Make sure that you keep your camera with you at all times especially when you are travelling. If you are putting up at a hotel or holidaying then ensure to keep it close to you to avert such problems.
Do not place your camera at the nearby chair or at the restaurant table since it will only take a split of a second for thieves to snatch it away! Of course, the best way to protect it is to get your camera insured. Ask your insurance provider about all the details before availing the coverage plan.
Make sure that you get your camera checked for service requirements, usually included in the user manual or go to the nearest service center for maintenance that needs special tools. These will improve your camera’s efficiency.