If you are a photographer, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your gear clean. Dirt can get into equipment to cause damage. If dirt gets on your lens, it can ruin a great shot.
Cameras and gear need to be cleaned and they need to be cleaned properly. The wrong moves or solvents can ruin delicate parts. So how do you make sure you’re treating your equipment with the best care possible?
Here are some cleaning instructions that will make for long lasting gear and awesome photos.
Use a Filter on Your Lens
If your lens gets scratched or damaged, it will be useless. Fortunately, you can protect your lens with a screw on protection filter. This will protect your lens from breakage and scratches.
Keep Lenses and Filters Clean
Dirt and smudges on your lens and filter will be picked up in your images. It’s important to keep them clean.
The best way to clean dirt and smudges is with a microfiber cloth. It’s a good idea to always have two in your camera bag, one to remove wet smudges and another to dry the lens.
If your lens has dust or sand on it, don’t rub or smudge it into the glass as this will cause further damage to your lens or filter. A lens blower brush will gently remove the dirt.
Get Your Camera Sensor Cleaned by a Professional
Dust on a camera sensor will result in small dots and smudges that appear in your photos. You can tell if your sensor is dirty by taking a picture of a white piece of paper so you can see if any dirt appears. If you see signs of dirt, it’s best to have your sensor cleaned by a professional as this is a delicate piece of equipment.
Protect Your Camera from Moisture
If may be raining or you may be shooting near a high moisture area like a waterfall. Either way, it’s advisable to keep your camera protected. This can be done with a wet weather cover or jacket. There are also cameras that are designed to be weather sealed. However, they won’t be weatherproof.
If your camera gets wet, wipe it down with a microfiber cloth. It it’s excessively wet, don’t turn it on until it has completely dried. If there are signs of damage, take it to a specialist.
Keep Your Lens Protected When Traveling
If you plan to travel, detach your lens from your camera and store it in a separate, padded compartment. This will protect it, even if your luggage takes a tumble.
Take a Spare Lens and Body Cap on Outings
Camera body and lens back caps can easily become lost. If you don’t have a spare, you run the risk of having your camera lens exposed to dust and water. In addition to carrying an extra camera body, you should also have an extra lens cap to protect the front of the lens.
Store Your Gear in a Low Humidity Area
Store your gear in a low humidity area so it can air out when you’re not using it. Avoid leaving your camera bag zipped in an area where mold can grow, especially if you have recently been shooting near rain or water. It’s also not recommended to leave gear in direct sunlight.
Remove the Battery When You’re Not Using Your Camera
If you leave your battery in the camera for long periods of time without use, it will start to drain. It is best to take it out when the camera is being stored.
Your camera and gear are precious. The tips in this article will help you keep them in the best shape possible. What maintenance tips do you have to share?