Summer is in full swing. Long, hot days spent at the beach, pool, and lake, taking your camera everywhere, and capturing all of those summer memories. These 6 hot weather camera care tips are going to help you protect those memories, and protect your camera during the long, hot summer days.
Hot Weather Camera Care Tips
You have a beautiful and expensive camera; caring for it is important and never more so than when dealing with the summer elements; strong light, sand and water. You want to make sure you are protecting your camera this summer, so I have put together my 6 hot weather camera care tips. If you want to get the most out of your camera this summer and guarantee a long life for your equipment, you will want to follow these 6 hot weather camera care tips!
6 Hot Weather Camera Care Tips
Tip #1 Make Temperature Changes Gradual
Have you ever tried to shoot that photo only to find that your lens is foggy? Chances are that you’ve moved your camera from a cool inside temperature to a hot outside temp. This will absolutely cause that dreaded condensation. Taking the camera outside in its bag and letting it acclimate will help with the dreaded foggy lens. Plan accordingly and let your camera sit for a few minutes in warmer temperatures to prevent lens fog.
Tip #2 Keep Your Camera In A Padded Bag
My number 2 hot weather camera care tip is keeping your camera in a padded bag. A padded camera bag is key to helping protect your expensive camera equipment. It prevents your camera from getting knocked around and protects it from the sand, water and all of the other summer hazards.
Tip #3 Never Leave Your Camera In A Hot Car
Your camera has a heat recommendation and knowing this can be helpful. Even if you are unsure of what this is, leaving your camera in a hot car is a definite no-no. Now, driving to and from a shoot, the beach or a family event is fine, but if you plan on getting out of the car for an extended time, make sure to take your camera with you to prevent any mechanical damage.
Tip #4 Avoid Shooting In Direct Sunlight
Summer light is magical, and you can create wonderful memories using the beautiful light, but not at the cost of your camera. Remember that your camera is made up of a lot of plastic parts. Your camera’s lens acts like a magnifying glass, multiplying the intensity of the sun’s rays hitting those plastic parts. This can often be hard on the camera’s parts, so avoid aiming your camera at the mid-day sun.
Tip #5 Keep Your Camera And Camera Lens Clean
Condensations, mildew and sand can build up in and on your camera over the summer days. Make sure your lens is always covered, and take some extra time to dust off your camera and lens regularly. I always have this great cleaning tool in my bag to give my camera a quick clean.
Tip #6 Don’t Store Your Camera On Or Under A Towel
Tip #6 on my hot weather camera care tips may seem obvious, but I can’t tell you how many times I have heard stories of someone wrapping their camera in a beach towel, only to have it dropped in the parking lot. When you finish with your camera, make sure to replace the lens cap and return it to your bag. Those few seconds you take to secure it in your camera bag properly can save you a lot of frustration and money in the long run.
You have spent a lot of money on your camera and want to care for it properly. Hopefully, these 6 hot weather camera care tips will help you protect your investment, have a stress-free summer with your camera and create some fantastic summer memories. And, if you are ready to learn how to take those amazing summer shots even faster, join The Beginners Photography Essentials class today!