Best Digital Camera Tips – Essential Camera Care
Professional DSLR cameras are usually weatherproof and can take a few knocks, but rain, dust and exposure to the elements can cause serious harm to cheaper models. Even if you work with a waterproof digital camera, the lens is at risk of scratching if you don’t take precautions.
1) Read the instruction manual.
This is the number one best digital camera tip, and one that most photographers ignore. If you don’t read your camera’s instruction manual you’re probably missing out on several of its best features. As well as learning about advanced features, reading your instruction manual will give you tips for caring for your camera.
2) Keep the lens clean.
Fingerprints and dust on your camera’s lens can lead to a serious loss of image quality. A lens cleaning kit is an excellent investment, and a bottle of lens cleaning fluid should last at least a year. Get into the habit of cleaning your lens regularly to make sure your shots aren’t ruined by blemishes.
3) Invest in a good camera case.
As an enthusiastic photographer, you probably have a list of equipment and accessories you’d like to buy. A good quality camera case may not improve your pictures, but it’s a worthwhile investment for protecting your camera and other gear. Look for a case that will hold the equipment you use on a typical photographic shoot, and don’t load yourself down with something that’s not practical to carry. There are plenty of cases on the likes of eBay and Amazon that you can choose from, and you don’t have to break the bank to get one. Keep your camera case clean and dry, and wipe it down if it gets wet when you’re outside.
4) Don’t take risks in bad weather.
Unless you’re confident your camera is weatherproof, don’t take chances in poor weather. Digital cameras and water don’t usually mix well, and it can lead to expensive repair bills or written off camera’s if water gets inside. Be careful when shooting near the sea, as waves and spray can also cause serious harm to photographic equipment. A rain cover for your camera is a good option if you like shooting all year round.
5) Don’t change lenses when in risky conditions.
If you use a digital SLR camera, take particular care then changing the lenses outdoors. The sensor and mirror on a DSLR are very sensitive and can be damaged easily. Dust or debris blown inside can be very hard to remove. Look for a sheltered spot away from the wind when changing lenses outdoors, and never change lenses in the rain.
6) Don’t use compressed air to clean your camera.
Cans of compressed air aren’t suitable for clean cameras or lenses, as the pressure they deliver can damage sensitive parts. A soft cloth or blower brush are great tools for removing dust and grease, and there’s much less risk of causing harm.
7) Consider having an annual service.
If you’re serious about photography and use professional DSLR cameras, consider having a manufacturer’s service each year. A full service may not be cheap, but it could extend the life of your camera and keeps it in prime condition.
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