I’m totally one of those people that know they should do certain things but still don’t. Like, I don’t wash my car enough and I sometimes take my makeup off with face wipes. Oops.
That’s my approach to looking after my camera. I know I should, but I’m not very good at it.
When I was on holiday in Florida, one of the workers in Disney looked at me in disgust as I pulled my camera straight out of my bag, no lens cap or ‘owt, and asked him to take a photo. He cleaned the lens and told me I should look after my camera better. Awkward.
How you look after your camera will have an effect on how long it lasts and also the quality if your photos.
So, in an attempt at a bit of self motivation, here’s a list of things that you (and I) should do to take care of your DSLR camera.
How to take care of your DSLR
1. Cleaning your lens.
Some lenses can be more expensive as your camera body. They can also outlive your camera so it’s important to take good care of them.
You can clean your lens with a microfibre cloth, lens cleaning tissue/paper or with a cloth specifically designed for cameras while out and about.
Using normal tissues or your clothes can leave dust and lint on your camera. Boo.
You can also use a lens cleaning solution for a more thorough clean while at home.
2. Cleaning the body.
It always feels so scary and exposed when you take the lens off. Poor camera.
While it might be tempting to blow dust out of your camera using your mouth, doing this could cause moisture accumulation.
You should use a soft dry brush, or one of those blowy things like I have (what’s the technical term for those?).
3. Avoid extreme temperatures.
You want to keep your camera dry for obvious reasons. Protect it from the rain and be careful getting those beach shots on holiday – humidity can play havoc with your DSLR. If it’s a hot day, don’t leave it in your car, either.
Also avoid bringing it from a cold to a warm room as condensation can damage your image sensor.
4. Cap it.
The lens cap can protect your lens not only from scratches and dust, but if your camera falls, it’s the lens that will take most of the damage. It’s so easy to clip your lens back on and will save you a lot of money if you drop your camera or knock it!
Most lenses will come with both a front and back lens cap, but if not, you can get cheap ones off Amazon.
5. Bag it.
It’s a good idea to use a padded carry case for your camera. Get a big big enough to fit your camera, lenses and batteries. This will stop you getting dust all over your kit as well as prevent it from getting knocked and damaged in transit.
6. Take it to the shop.
If you notice dust and smudges on your photos, there might be dust or dirt trapped on the filter that covers your image sensor. While you can clean it yourself by setting it on mirror lock, I wouldn’t recommend messing or touching the mirrors or image sensor unless you know what you’re doing.
It can be an expensive mistake if you do something wrong, so take it to a shop to get them to clean it for you.
Check outs these tips from Currys.
How good are you at cleaning your camera?