Depending on how seriously you take the hobby, buying new photography equipment can be an expensive process – so it makes sense to do everything you can to look after your kit. It’s no good forking out hundreds or thousands of pounds on a new set-up only to have to replace it before time because of factors you could have easily avoided.
So how best to take care of your camera and accessories and therefore ensure a long and happy relationship with them
? First and foremost, be sure to get yourself a reliable camera bag. Don’t just view a camera bag as a convenient way to transport your equipment from point A to point B – not only will it shield your camera from dirt and dust, but also offer invaluable protection from impact damage should you be unfortunate enough to drop your equipment.
It’s all very well thinking that you’d never be so clumsy as to drop your camera, but remember that nobody drops such an expensive piece of equipment onto a hard surface on purpose – accidents happen, so why take the risk
? Go for a bag with sufficient padding to protect your equipment and for added security from such incidents, pick one with a shoulder strap that you can wear across your body ra ther than holding
the bag by the carry strap. Interior space should be enough that you can fit all of your bits and pieces in without grinding them together, but snug enough that they won’t jangle around inside the bag and collide with each other in transit.
For similar reasons, if you don’t currently use a camera strap you should strongly consider changing your mind.
Whether we’re talking about using wrist straps on pocket-size digital cameras or neck straps on digital SLR cameras, the principle is the same – you never know when you might accidentally drop your camera, so use this invaluable extra barrier of protection.
It might sound obvious, but your camera comes with a lens cap – so use it!
Microfibre cloths are your best bet here. For situations where particles can’t be removed with your cloth, a blower brush is a great option for removing unwanted debris.
Avoid exposing your camera equipment to extreme temperatures as they can be incredibly damaging. If you’re going to be in a particularly hot or cold environment, then pack your camera away when you’re not using it – leav ing it exposed to the elements
in such conditions is just asking for trouble.
If you go for long periods between photography sessions, be sure to remove the battery from your camera in order to extend its life. Also consider buying an extra battery – as well as allowing you to keep on shooting when your original battery runs out while out and about, it’ll also help to extend the time before you have to replace them as you’ll be alternating along the way.
Follow these simple tips and you should ensure that your prized equipment lasts for as long as intended. If you do own a digital SLR camera, you should also strongly consider having it serviced by a professional at regular intervals to extend its lifespan – the internal components of such a camera are incredibly delicate so don’t be tempted to do it yourself unless you know what you’re doing otherwise you’ll quickly find yourself out of pocket.