How To Store Photography Equipment: Helpful Tips
Let's admit it. Cameras don't come cheap. And the more professional the use, the more expensive the equipment. Your camera is sensitive to dust and moisture, which is why we'll give you some helpful tips on how to store photography equipment, so your investment won't go to waste.
Tips And Tricks On Storing Photography Equipment
There are parts in a camera that you should handle with caution and care. Knowing how to store photography equipment starts in preparing them for storage.
Preparing Camera Equipment For Storage
It is alright to leave your memory card and battery in your camera if you use it frequently, but in extended periods there are a few things to be done:
- Remove batteries and memory cards - this includes the batteries of other equipment like flashes and remotes.
- Remove lens filters and lens
- clean the lens to remove dust, fungal spores, or dirt
- place caps on the ends of each lens to protect it from scratches
- Prepare the camera
- clean the camera's body with a soft dry cloth, or a blower to remove any dust or fluff
Storing Camera and Camera Equipment
There are some things to remember when learning how to store photography equipment. Cameras and the accessories that come with them are sensitive, which is why they should be stored separately. More on that below:
- store your camera in a camera bag, or an airtight container with paddings like foam or packaging peanuts
- if you are storing your camera with other equipment, place other material like lenses in pouches
- wrap equipment in tissue paper or bubble wrap
- add silica gels for moisture absorption
- In learning how to store camera lenses, it is recommended:
- that you store lens upright to protect the shutter's lubricant from leaking into the lens
- put a cap on the lens mount to protect the inner mechanisms of the camera
- Do not store your camera with electronic devices like TVs or radios. This can damage your camera's screen and components because of the magnetic fields these devices generate.
- So, where do you keep your camera? Ideally, it should be in a cool place that is not prone to temperature fluctuations. Extreme heat can damage your camera's sensor, and extreme cold can damage the LCD.
- The ideal humidity for storage is between 35% to 45%.
- The storage space of your photography equipment must not be too dry or too humid. Dryness will wear out camera parts and moisture will cause your camera's components to rust.
Investing in a camera also means we need to invest in maintenance. Knowing how to store photography equipment is useful knowledge to keep your camera in good condition. After all, a well-maintained camera makes capturing precious moments possible.