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Summertime Series #2 - Camera Maintenance On Vacation
Greetings fellow photographers…it’s time for a summer vacation!
Picture this: the bags are packed, the mail is stopped, the dog is at
the kennel, and the kids are buckled up. Anything you're forgetting?
Your camera of course! Today we're going to continue our Summer Series
by talking about general camera maintenance while on vacation.
Prepare before you leave. Ever had to buy batteries at a remote
roadside gas station or amusement park gift shop? The batteries are old and cost
at least twice as much as your local camera store! A little preparation before you
leave for vacation can go a long way to help avoid those sneaky extra costs. Buy
your batteries and other camera accessories before you leave. If your camera accepts
rechargeable batteries, buy two sets and a charger – it is well worth the investment.
Charge both sets before you leave, then put one set in your camera and the other in
your camera case. At the end of each day, charge the batteries you used that day and
rotate the unused set into the camera. If your destination has no electricity
(we're very jealous!), bring lots of extra batteries – cameras tend to eat up
batteries like a teenager at an all-you-can-eat pizza buffet!
Protect your body – your camera body that is! Cameras are
easily destroyed when you get caught up in the excitement of a vacation.
Many people tend to strap the camera around their neck without thinking
twice, and as soon as they bend down to tie their shoe, BAM! The camera
smashes into a rock. Don't let this happen to you! Always carry your camera
in a protective pouch that you can wear at your waist, over your shoulder,
or around your neck. Make sure the pouch is easy to access for those
once-in-a-lifetime moments, and that it has a few zippered pockets for
extra batteries, memory cards, cash, lip balm, and anything else you like
to keep in there.
Keep it clean. Cameras don't like dirt, sand, and messy
hands as much as we do, so be careful to keep your camera away from those
kinds of things, especially sand! Nothing wreaks more havoc on a camera than
sand. It gets into the lens cover mechanism and the flash card portal, and
like a kid in a swimming pool, it is very difficult to remove once it's in
there! If possible, wash or wipe your hands, or brush any sand off your hands
before grabbing your camera.
You may also want to carry a mini can of condensed air to blast any
sand out of your camera, as well as a lens cloth and some cleaning
fluid. Remember to always put the cleaning fluid on the cloth and then
wipe your lens; never put the cleaning fluid directly on the lens.
And unless you are a camera veteran, never attempt to clean your digital
camera sensor. They are very delicate and easily damaged; leave that
to your local camera store. If you don't know what a digital camera
sensor is, you probably shouldn't be messing with it anyway!
Well, that does it for now. Next time we'll talk about the benefits
of transferring and organizing your photos while on vacation. Until
then, enjoy your summer, travel safely, have fun, and bring us back