An SLR/DSLR is to a photographer what a brush-paint-easel is to a painter. If you're a proud owner of an SLR or a DSLR, and want to understand how to take care of your coveted possession, then this post is for you.
It's elementary Dear Watson: The camera will require protection from dirt, dust, water, smoke, extreme heat or cold and humidity. They can withstand only some onslaught from these elements of nature like sudden change in temperatures & humidity.
Bag it!: Invest in a camera bag or a backpack, preferably waterproof and a cleaning kit. The bag should be large enough to accommodate your camera, and also accessories like additional lenses, cleaning kit and spare batteries.
Aye aye Cap-tain!: Never ever put your camera in the bag without something protecting the sensor which means do not unscrew your lens from the body when storing the camera. If you really need to, use a body cap to protect the sensor.
Cleanliness is godliness: A little spec of dust on the sensor or the lens can ruin your photos. Use a soft bristled brush to remove dust from camera, lens body and lens glass. Extend a zoom lens to it's full length to get access to the inner barrel.
Sensor prime: DSLRs have a setting in the menu to auto-clean a sensor. If a manual clean is required, find the menu option which prepares the camera for manual cleaning by locking up the mirror and follow directions. Clean the sensor with a soft brush.
A battery that fires: On time. And when it's in use. But, if you think you’re not going to use your camera for a long time, remove the battery. A battery left inside the camera not being used, can cause corrosion.
Ahh! I re-mem-ber: Memory cards, should never be removed from the camera when it is ON. You're risking corrupting the camera's programming software if you do something like this. Buy a faster memory as slower memory makes the camera processor work harder.
Your camera’s going to love you for taking care of it! Happy clicking!
Dusty needs a duster: Dust can be a party pooper, especially in outdoor shoots. Be quick while changing lens. Use a body cap if you need more time. Pack a cleaning kit if you’re planning to be outdoors for extended periods of time.
Blow hot, blow cold: DSLR manufacturers tell us their cameras can withstand temperatures as high as 45 degrees Celsius, and humidity up-to 85%. Beware of quick changes in temperatures. It can cause condensation on the lens and sometimes even fungus.
Caps-a-lot: A body cap. A lens cap. These are your best friends. Always put a lens cap on while storing it. When you remove the lens cap to use the camera, ensure the cap goes into the bag, and not in your sweaty shirt's pocket.