How To Properly Use And Maintain Your Camera And Equipment
Purchasing a camera is the first step in pursuing photography. However, the most crucial stage is its maintenance to maximize production. Without correct maintenance and handling, your equipment may degrade over time and may not provide the intended outcome. Care and handling become even more vital when investing a substantial amount of money in a camera.
We will address care and handling, particularly from the perspective of DSLR cameras. DSLR cameras are pricey and difficult to use. Proper maintenance may guarantee a long life with high productivity.
Here are some easy and fundamental recommendations for taking care of your DSLR. However, several of these recommendations would apply to a standard point-and-shoot camera.
How To Properly Use Camera | Handling
Always wear the camera’s strap over your neck. This will guarantee that none of your equipment falls accidentally. When lending your camera to others, you must exercise caution. Ensure that they have correctly handled it and placed the strap over their neck. Never touch the surface of the lens or filter to prevent scratches. If feasible, get protection for your LCD screen to prevent scratches.
How To Properly Use Camera | Bag
The interior surface of a camera bag should be soft to prevent scratches on the camera body. Any wear and tear from the outside must be able to be absorbed by it. Your camera must have sufficient room to prevent unnecessary pressure while closing.
It is preferable if your bag includes an attached rain cover that can protect your gear from rain. Otherwise, put large polythene inside your luggage, which may easily wrap around your camera bag.
How To Properly Use Camera | Moisture
The main causes of damage to your camera body are humidity and moisture. It is crucial to protect your camera from dampness. One of the easiest methods is to have silica gel packets in your backpack. Silica get absorbs moisture and safeguards your equipment.
These are accessible for a low price on the market. These sachets may also be included in the packaging of other electrical devices you purchase. However, remember to replace them after every humid season (every 3 to 4 months) since their ability to absorb moisture is limited.
How To Properly Use Camera | Changing lens
When you switch lenses, your camera sensor is most sensitive to accumulating dust particles. Lens removal exposes the sensor to the outside world; therefore, extreme caution is required while replacing lenses.
Ensure the lens is changed in a closed room with the fan turned off. Maintain your camera’s opening towards the ground when removing and mounting a new lens. The length of lens changes should be minimized as much as feasible. Outside lens changes should be avoided as much as possible, particularly in windy and dusty circumstances.
These fundamental and easy steps will help you maintain your sensor clean for extended periods instead of paying your camera manufacturer’s service center a large sum (more than Rs 1000).
Camera, lens, and filter cleaning
Invest between Rs 300 and Rs 500 on a cleaning kit, including a soft bristle brush, an air blower, a lint-free cloth, a cleaning solution, and tissue papers. After every outward journey, clean your camera. Remove dust from the outside of the camera with the brush.
Brush the lens/filter surface and then wipe it with the lint-free cloth (this will ensure to avoid scratches). Utilize cleaning solution just as required. You may also use an air blower to clear the surface of dust. A hand air blower may also be used to clean the sensor (but do not try this unless you have seen a demo). Never touch the sensor of your camera. This requires very specialized treatment; entrust your service facility with it.
Charging battery packs
Always carry an extra battery. Charge a battery only when it is depleted, and guarantee it is fully charged in a single charge cycle. This simple practice can significantly extend the life of your batteries. This method may be used to charge any battery type, including mobile phone batteries, AA batteries, etc.
Never leave your camera’s batteries inside after the session has concluded. Always remove them since a charged battery continues to drain energy from the camera’s delicate circuits, causing them to degrade gradually.
Place your equipment in a secure, airtight, and dry location. Never leave them out for extended periods. If you own many camera bodies and expensive lenses, you should get a digital cabinet. A digital cabinet offers a compact airtight almirah with humidity regulation. This increases the longevity of your investment.
You may have noticed movement on your DSLR’s LCD screen when you turn it off. Almost all digital single-lens reflex cameras offer a sensor auto-cleaning function to reduce the quantity of dust on the sensor. When we turn off the camera, the sensor is vibrated to remove any dust particles.
To get the most out of this function, however, your camera’s sensor must be facing downwards (keep your lens towards the ground) so that dust falls off the sensor as the sensor vibrates. If the sensor is not facing the ground, dust will return to the sensor, reducing the effectiveness of this function.