Camera maintenance shouldn’t be neglected! After all, cameras are complex and delicate pieces of equipment and should be treated with care. When a camera is serviced regularly and well taken care of, it can remain in top working condition for a long time, and you can run your business without taking disruptive “sick days”. Don’t learn the value of gear maintenance the hard way—be diligent about caring for your handheld partner.
Make sure to protect your camera from dirt, shock, and water. Of course, it is easier said than done to avoid these elements, especially when you are doing outdoor photography. Protection and caution should be your first line of defense.
Always store your camera in a camera bag when you’re not using it and make sure it’s properly closed so dirt and dust cannot get in. If possible, avoid changing lenses when you’re in a dirt or dust-filled area.
It is also good to use a rain hood or a camera sleeve as protection for your camera when it is raining, foggy, or extremely dusty.
If you do not have a waterproof housing for your camera, you can make one using a zip-lock bag and some silica desiccant packets to absorb the moisture. Avoid placing your camera on any unstable support or uneven surface to avoid the risk of falling.
Keep your camera clean at all times. Always use a dry, clean cloth when wiping the outside of the camera. And never use any harsh cleaners or solvents to clean and wash any of the parts.
When cleaning, you can use a blower, brush, soft lint-free cloth, or lens cleaning paper. If you are not familiar with cleaning the lens and the inside parts, it is better to take it to a service company for professional cleaning. Do not poke the inside of your camera with your fingers or blow on it, as it could cause damage.
Camera batteries should also be given utmost care and attention. They should not be overcharged or left exposed to high temperatures.
Batteries should be stored in a cool, dry place and recharged when not used for a long time. Remove the battery from the camera before storing both, especially if you are not planning to use it for a long time.
PROPER CAMERA STORAGE
Store your camera in a cool, dry, and airtight place. When storing your camera in a cabinet, make sure it is not warm and humid inside. Take note, humidity and condensation are enemies of the camera.
Keep the lenses covered at all times when not using the camera. It is better to remove all the components of the camera and cover them individually.