Being a photographer is not about taking good photos only, it also involves knowing your photography equipment well, explore their functions and learn to experiment with them as much as possible. But what if they get damaged and can not cooperate with you? Photography gears are very delicate, and your single act of negligence can harm them badly. And you can not express your talent for photography with damaged gears. It takes a good amount of money to repair or replace them, and some are never repaired. As it is said, prevention is better than cure, you must learn some tricks to protect your gear before going to take photos, to avoid damaging them unknowingly.
Here are some tips to protect your photography gear:-
Protect from dust
Keep in mind to protect your lens from dust, as it will damage the sensor. Try not to use the zoom lenses that zoom or focus externally. Dust may damage your gear otherwise. If you must use Zoom lenses, get the ones that are specially built to work in harsh conditions. Never use your camera with dirty hands- dust particles can pass on to the gear and ruin it. Use cotton towels for that. Never change battery or memory card on beaches as sand grains might be blown inside your camera in this process. There are some lenses available that move inwards and outwards a bit while focusing. You should avoid using that type of lenses. Don't change the lens on outdoor location. Prepare with the right lens before heading to the location. If you need to change the lens anyway, be extremely careful. Never leave the lens uncapped when you are not shooting. Buy lens hood. It will not only act as a photography tool creating different lighting situations but also gives your lens extra protection. If you love adventure photography, it's needless to say that you should invest in a GoPro camera.
Protect from the sun and rain
Never place the camera in direct sunlight for long if you don't have a solar filter applied, When you're not using the camera, put it in the bag. You can use Ziploc for extra protection. If possible, buy a padded bag to keep your gear safe. If the outside temperature is too high, protect your camera with a towel. To protect your camera from rain, if you need to work outside on a rainy day, use a camera canopy. Always opt for a waterproof camera bag. If your budget does not permit one, go for a cheaper yet effective rain cover. Notice the strap too. Don't use straps that are not comfortable. Otherwise, your back and shoulders would suffer.
Protect from chemicals and clean regularly
If you apply any sunscreen lotion or mosquito repellent on your body, wash your hands properly before touching your camera. If it comes into contact with these chemicals, wipe them down immediately. The chemical components can harm your gear. You should clean your camera periodically. Learn the correct process of doing that on YouTube or spend some bucks and get the work done by professionals.
Protect from other dangers
If you are shooting on the beach and your gear gets saltwater spray, use a damp towel (soaked with freshwater) to wipe down that immediately. As a professional photographer, you should buy an insurance policy for your camera. There are many good schemes available for this. Camera insurance policies generally cover damage or loss of equipment due to fire, breakdown due to mechanical or electronic failure, accidental damage caused by the user, the total loss due to theft, and damage to the gadget due to riot or strike.
If you follow these tips carefully, chances are, your gears will never get damaged badly. And there is one additional tip which is also very helpful- Don't forget to backup all your photos. Even if it is not possible right after taking photos for some reason, try uploading them on social media as soon as possible as they can be retrieved later. In case your camera is stolen or lost or the memory card crashes, you would not have to regret your lost photos.
Written By Sanga Basu, Content Writer, WPC