Tips on how to use the Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera are found on many photography sites. It also doesn’t take long to dig up helpful guidelines on choosing the right lens, tips on how to change camera settings, and ways on how to manually control the camera focus. However, you will rarely see tips on how to take care of your most valued possession – the camera itself. As a novice photographer, you’ve probably spent hundreds or even thousands of your hard-earned cash on your high-end Canon or Nikon DSLR. To protect your investment, here are some tips to make sure it will continue to work at peak performance for as long as possible.
Properly clean your lens:
According to the professional photographers’ website and community Light Stalking, the most common mistake made by new photographers is not budgeting enough for lenses and undervaluing their role in photography. As lenses can cost as much or even more than the price of the camera itself, many newbie photographers treat them as something they can save money on.
One simple trick is to avoid having to replace lenses is by prolonging their life. Learn to clean it properly. First, it’s best to purchase a lens cloth to get rid of any dust on the lens surface. A reliable lens cloth cleaner is the 3M Microfiber Electronics Cloth, usually found for $5- $6 a pack at a Walmart or Costco near you. You can try some lens cleaning solution and lens tissue paper available at any camera shop. Remember to apply the solution onto the lens cloth or tissue and never allow it to drip straight into your camera body. You can also get a lens blower brush to remove the dust as well.
Protect your camera from extreme conditions:
Nature photographers, such as Art Wolfe, have to take great care of their camera equipment while in the field. They always ensure their kit is stored in a waterproof camera bag. Also make sure it’s safe from extreme heat and cold as well as from moisture and dust.
If you’re planning to travel to places where the weather is extremely hot, make sure not to expose your camera under too much direct sunlight to avoid overheating. However, if you’re dying to get the best shot at the height of the day, make certain your camera is covered with a hand towel or work under an umbrella and occasionally give your camera a break for five minutes, but don’t let it cool down abruptly. Just like humans, cameras don’t benefit from large temperature swings, so make sure you not to place it in front of the air conditioning immediately after using to avoid any internal damages.
Insure your camera for full-protection:
All attempts to protect your camera are insufficient. Unforeseen instances such accidents or even technical problems may arise that may result to repairs or even replacements that’s why it’s best to obtain a camera insurance plan.
This is ideal for professional photographers who often shoot outside a studio. These conditions will most likely cause camera problems due to extreme weather exposure, loss equipment, and even theft.
Before signing up for a camera insurance policy, take your time to research the coverage you plan on getting based on the nature of your photography whether it’s for professional, semi-professional, amateur or even for leisure as well as the activities involved in your expected activities. An insurance agent may be of great help in finding the best suited policy to your preferences. Therefore you can make sure you’re getting the best value for your money.
These are just a few tips on how to take care of your camera. By following these tips, you can save money on repairs and maintain the overall value of your DSLR camera.