1. Clean the Lens Properly
Whenever your lens needs cleaning, it is important to use the proper tools. Too often people reach for their shirts, tissues, or paper towels. Although these materials are obvious solutions to a dirty lens, they also contain particles that could scratch the lens. If this happens, the quality of your photos will decrease. Instead, you should use a lens tissue, a specialty brush designed to remove dirt from lenses, a microfiber cloth, or an air blower.
2. Use a Strap
To prevent damage, it is always a good idea to use a strap when you are taking pictures. Most people have experienced the frustration that occurs when an item breaks because it slips out of their hands. This is particularly true with today’s cellphones, and it can easily happen with your camera if you are not careful. When you use a strap, you avoid damaging your expensive camera in the event that it does fall out of your hands. In addition, you will also feel less pressure as you focus on your image and not on holding your hands steady.
3. Change the Memory Card When the Camera Is Off
If you take a lot of pictures, you will probably need to change the memory card in your camera before you can download your photos to your computer. Make sure that you never remove the memory card while the camera is still on. If you do this, the camera might still be writing the photos to the memory card. Taking the memory card out could cause you to lose these photos. Therefore, you need to wait until all photos have been downloaded and turn your camera off.
4. Charge Your Camera
It is sometimes a good idea to charge your camera, even if it runs on batteries. One day, the batteries in the camera may run out. If you are in the middle of an important photo shoot or trying to capture important memories, you will be glad that you took the time to charge your camera.
5. Carry a Camera Bag
Smart photographers also like to transport their camera in a nice bag. This is a wonderful way to protect your camera when you are not using it. In addition, it provides room for other equipment that you might need while you are shooting. When you are looking for a bag, make sure to find one that has it’s own compartment for your lens.
These five suggestions can help you take great care of your camera so that it captures beautiful pictures wherever you are. More importantly, it will last longer.