Simple tips for looking after your camera equipment

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.

 

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12 Responses to “Simple tips for looking after your camera equipment”

  1. Joyce, Photography Assistant
    15th June 2011 at 04:20 #

    Great tips Gary! It’s true – camera equipment is very expensive especially those used in professional photography like advertising and business photography. It’s just right that we, photographers, know how to care for our camera equipment to make sure they will do the job for the long term.

  2. Camera Specialist
    19th August 2011 at 18:35 #

    Gary Robertson wrote a great book on camera equipment. Your readers may want to check it out.

  3. Amelia McGoldrick
    30th August 2011 at 20:05 #

    I take great care of my equipment. I’m living and working in Argentina now and to replace anything here is super expensive. One extra little tip is to be inconspicuous with your stuff. Expensive cameras can be a target for thieves. I keep an extra close eye on my surroundings in certain areas.

  4. Photography Beginners Guide
    14th September 2011 at 08:14 #

    Great tips! So many beginners fail to take care of their equipment because they don’t realize how important it is! Thanks for this article!

  5. Zigmund
    17th September 2011 at 08:55 #

    Yes, camera equipment is very expensive, and not only for business photography.

  6. reduce lag
    26th September 2011 at 12:20 #

    Depending on you liking and hobby, what you thinks when you go to buy photographic equipment, because it should be in good manner specially for professional photographers. Simple tips for it should be keep in mind. Hoping for more tips about it.

  7. Photography Forum
    17th October 2011 at 20:22 #

    Especially the temperature tip – I had my D-90 in the vehicle when it was very hot, and it started acting funny. It has since fixed itself but it made me think about the temperature fluctuations.

  8. Nikon
    11th January 2012 at 10:31 #

    i think that the to kept yours camera safe from any types of damage it is very difficult.specially when you buy high price camera and suddenly some damage occur to it,so it is great loss.so i think that every one want to kept their camera itself and kept in safe place.specially in winter and summer season because these are the season in which damage occur to camera in form of hotness and coldness.

  9. Professional photographer in Yorkshire
    29th February 2012 at 14:09 #

    I found this very useful, thanks for sharing.

  10. Kimble
    9th March 2012 at 00:21 #

    Great tips thanks!

  11. madhu
    12th June 2012 at 09:12 #

    Maintenance is very important when it comes to camera equipment be it for business purposes or personal purposes. So the article is very useful for everybody who loves their camera and the profession of photography. Thank you for sharing this.

  12. Alix
    18th September 2012 at 03:45 #

    Hello Gary!

    Great tips! It is so important to protect such an important investment. Especially that lens! I wanted to tell you about our awesome gadget that is for photographers of every level. :) The Hufa Holder lens cap clip was designed by photographers after they had, like many other photographers do, lost a TON of lens caps. The nifty little device just clips right on your strap and keeps your cap in place while you’re shooting! Turns out, we lose a whole lot less lens caps this way! :) This also works no matter what camera you are using. Here is a video for you to check it out http://bit.ly/Nu7FPx. Thanks again for sharing your great tips! Hope you’ll check out our gadget when you get a chance.

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