Simple ways to protect your new camera

July 27, 2015

If you've recently purchased a good camera, you'll want to take the necessary precautions to protect your investment. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Simple ways to protect your new camera

Storing a camera

Leaving your camera in extreme temperatures affects the condition of the camera in the long run. Be sure to store your camera properly to ensure long life.

  • Keep your camera in a camera bag, or wrap it in a clean, soft cloth, and put it in a cool, clean, dry location.
  • Avoid places where it will be subjected to temperature extremes or direct sunlight (such as the trunk of a car or near a window).
  • If you don't use the camera regularly, remove the batteries after each use and keep them nearby so that you don't have to hunt for them.
  • Don't put a camera on a shelf where it may get buried under heavy objects.

Cameras overseas

When you are travelling, a good camera bag seems an indispensable piece of photography equipment. It holds cameras lenses, film, flash, batteries, filters and other accessories conveniently. A camera bag, unfortunately, also announces to all the world that it houses expensive equipment.

  • As an alternative on the road, carry a compact camera in a pocket or purse, taking it out only when you're taking pictures.
  • If you need to carry more equipment, use a less obvious carrier, such as a large tote bag or small backpack.
  • If you absolutely must bring your camera bag, carry your camera bag inside a larger and less conspicuous piece of luggage.

Protecting a camera in cold weather

Keep your camera away from cold temperatures as much as possible. If you want to take pictures outdoors on a cold day, don't just grab the camera and run outside. Rapid temperature changes cause condensation to form on the lens, making it difficult to capture a sharp image.

  • Place the camera in a zip-lock plastic bag.
  • Once outside, leave the camera in the bag long enough for it to adjust to the temperature.
  • Condensation will form on the outside of the bag rather than on the camera.
  • Remove the camera from the bag to take photographs.
  • Put the camera back in the bag before going back inside, and leave it there until the camera has warmed to room temperature.
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