With the hot temperatures that come with the fun of summer, comes the care for your camera. Nothing is worse when you’re ready to snap that once in a lifetime shot and your camera is dead, from heat exhaustion, dehydrated, kaput! A few tips will help you to not only save your investment, but allow you to get that shot.
First, purchase a hard or soft case for your DSLR camera and lenses. If you are traveling with your camera on your back, soft bags are light and can shield your camera from the different elements, such as dust, heat and rain. However, hard cases can withstand more harm and can sustain impacts from unintentional drops and other impacts. Make sure the hard case is padded with foam and your camera is securely fastened within the foam padding mold.
Next, keep your DSLR camera out of intense heat or humid weather. Heat and moisture can cause damage to your camera. Believe it or not, the heat will cause the camera lens to break and cause damage to internal components. If you do not have an air-sealed hard case, moisture can get inside your camera and ruin the internal components.
Never leave your camera in your vehicle on hot days, your LCD screen and heat do not mix. Take your camera with you at all times, at least this way you can keep it by your side covered up. Say you’re outside enjoying the day and taking great photos; you lay your digital camera on the picnic table out of the shade of the umbrella, that’s a good scenario for camera demise. Subjecting your camera to intense direct sunlight for any length of time that you are not actively taking photos can cause severe malfunctions. Take care to always place your camera out of direct sunlight.
Take your DSLR camera to a professional cleaning service to have the camera body cleaned. Depending on how frequently you use your camera, having it cleaned once a year or every few months can preserve its condition. The camera service representative can also tell you if anything is wrong with your camera so you can fix it before the damage becomes worse or permanent.
Having great fun with your digital camera means having it last, so take the steps to ensure that you have the least amount of trouble. Pay attention to it during extreme temps ! Your digital camera has so many electronic parts that can suffer as well as the battery and physical parts such as lenses
Always think to yourself, “How can WE stay cool this summer”. After all, your camera is your best friend!