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DSLR Photography: Looking After Your Camera

Updated on January 31, 2012

DSLR Photography is making its way towards the ordinary folks day by day, with many new entry level, yet very powerful and portable DSLR s entering to the photography market under very popular DSLR photography Trade names, like Canon and Nikon. Buying a DSLR will cost you more than twice or thrice than a ordinary point and shoot so its your responsibility to protect your expensive equipment. In this guide beginners to the DSLR photography thing will find useful tips to look after your camera. However many of the tips discussed below can equally be applied to the normal point and shoots so any one interested in digital photography will find the following information useful.

DSLR Photography:10 Tips To Protect Your DSLR Camera

  1. Your digital camera is a delicate instrument. Do not drop it or subject it to physical shock. Do not place the camera on table tops close to edges, on uneven higher surfaces, because if it slips and drops to the ground you hardly would have any chance of seeing it functioning properly. Also remember to protect your camera from fire and high temperature. So better keep the camera away from bonfire or stove!
  2. Typically your digital camera is not waterproof so it cannot be used for underwater DSLR photography unless you buy a specially designed waterproof case to do so. Keep the camera away from water, and be cautious when you are playing with the camera where there is water. For example be cautious when you photograph a spring, a water running tap etc. The water drops may spray into the air and may condense on your lens and camera body. So mind your distance when shooting. Also when you are at the dining table with the kids around, be careful when you try to photograph them. There are plenty of things that would spill on your camera and precious lens and ruin them. If you accidentally drop the camera into water promptly consult your manufacturer’s service center, or at least a professional on that matter. Wipe off any water droplets with a dry cloth, but do not try anything else. Go for an expert
  3. Do not leave the camera near a strong magnetic field. That is near a magnet, an electric motor, a table fan, a television etc. Avoid using or leaving the camera near anything emitting strong radio waves (for example, a large antenna). Strong magnetic fields affect the camera operation and may destroy the image data on your memory chip.
  4. Do not leave the camera in excessive conditions. That is under bright sunlight, dust, snow etc. without using professionally designed coatings covers etc. Use proper equipment if you are really in to shooting under these conditions and still want to protect your camera.
  5. Never disassemble the camera yourself. Do not even think about that, if you want to protect the camera. Always consult an expert to repair it.
  6. Use a blower to blow away the dust particles on the lens, viewfinder, reflex mirror and focusing screen. Do not use cleaners that contain organic solvents to clean the camera body or lens. If it needs to be seriously cleaned, take it to the nearest service centre. Checking the camera from a service centre once in a while would help you to protect it for a long period of time.
  7. If the camera is suddenly brought in from the cold into warm room condensation may form on the camera and internal parts. To prevent condensation first put the camera in a sealed polythene bag and let it adjust to the warmer temperature before taking it out of the bag.
  8. If the camera will not be used for an extended period of time, remove the battery and store the camera in a cool dry, well ventilated location. Press the shutter button a few times once in a while to check that the camera is still working. However, taking a test shot or two at regular intervals is recommended.
  9. Avoid storing the camera where there are corrosive chemicals, such as a darkroom or a chemical lab.
  10. Do not carry the camera around while it is attached to a tripod. Also make sure the tripod is sturdy enough to support the camera.

DSLR photography is a step ahead of the ordinary photography, with lots of benefits and responsibilities bestowed to the photographer. DSLR photography often means crystal clear, stunning perfect images. The investment on the photographer’s behalf is somewhat higher and expensive however the benefits are equally higher and invaluable sometimes. So if you are planning to enter in to the world of DSLR photography or if you just started out, you should concern very much about protecting your expensive equipment. In that regard, I hope you found the above information useful.


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      picklesandrufus 5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Very informative hub! I knew most of these, but had no idea about the magnetic fields. Will definitely remember your advice.Vote up!