7 Digital Camera Predators and How to Avoid Them

This article was inspired by a scene I saw a few days ago here in Rio de Janeiro, I was sitting at a kiosk on the beach and watched a group of 4 people who were with a DSLR taking pictures of the group, visibly tourists and photography enthusiasts, given the situations and angles that they wanted to register, but what really arrested my attention was imagining how many tours just like that, that camera would resist?
In just over 1 hour, I saw the camera be placed directly on the sand, which one of the girls who did and simply reprimanded covered the camera with a yoke, that wet now, and of course, full of sand, saw the lens be replaced without the slightest caution as it was windy, but I was. Made the switch, someone was trying to do someone else’s creative photos kicking seawater towards the camera according to GROWTHEOLOGY.COM. And to close with a flourish, at various times the camera was left alone in the sand, of course, properly “hidden” by a cover with wet sand. Before I go, I heard one of the girls ask for caution with the camera because it was new!
Before that I was thinking that maybe not all are aware of the dangers more simple and destructors of equipment and especially that we must take care, that translate a text of the American photographer Darren Rowse that fits like a glove and who knows one of the 4 friends isn’t reading this text right now, along with you

7 Digital camera Predators and how to avoid them

The digital camera has several natural predators-things in just a few seconds could end up with your life and leaves it without a camera.Learn how to identify predators of your camera, take some simple precautions, exercise a little care you can keep your camera running at your full potential for years (well, at least until it’s time for an update). Maintenance never hurts for digital cameras!
Here are the 7 natural predators of digital camera and how to avoid them:

1. Sunscreen and insect repellent

It is important to protect yourself from the elements of the Sun and insect bites when you’re shooting in open environments, however, some things you use to do that can damage your camera. The sunscreen is usually oily and the insect repellent usually contain chemicals that you wouldn’t want to enter in contact with the most delicate parts of your camera.
How to limit the impact of these products on your camera is pretty obvious, and involves keeping your body parts that come into contact with your equipment clean. Wash your hands with fresh water after applying sunscreen and insect repellent, and you will help keep your camera clean. If you leave your camera, be sure to clean it as soon as possible.
And finally – do not fall into the temptation of putting sunscreen and insect repellent in your camera bag. I know it’s tempting, so you don’t have to carry another bag – but not really worth taking that risk, because a leak could end the life of your camera. If you travel with the two together, make sure you put the liquid in a sealed bag.

2. Sand

There’s nothing that scares me more than the thought of sand getting into my camera. The cameras have moving parts, and put something so grainy and abrasive as the sand in them can quickly leave them out of action, or at least damage it in such a way as to leave scratches.
In the end, the only protection against sand is not to take your camera to Sandy places. Of course, this is not very practical and you will need to do what we can to keep the sand and your camera.
Sealed bags are great for use on the road, cleaning brushes to remove the grains of sand of your camera may be useful, as well as cleaning rags.
Always stay tuned with its surroundings and things like wind or people playing ball or throwing frisbees when you are exchanging lenses, memory cards and batteries, as these are the moments of high risk where the sand can get in. Furthermore-remember to think in advance about what lenses you may need, so you can change it in a more stable environment, preferably before going to the beach.

3. Dust

As well as sand, dust is a natural enemy of the digital camera. She is a more subtle and usually will not scratch your moving parts – but she is also harmful, especially when she enters the internal parts of your camera and accumulates in your image sensor.
Once again – clean your camera every day, be careful when and where you exchange your lenses and travel with your camera in a sealed bag.
In addition, if you have a DSLR, consider clean professionally the your image sensor (or learn to do it yourself-but with loooong care) from time to time, if you find marks on your sensor (you will notice mainly in small openings-to test, set your camera to the smallest aperture and aim for a wall or ceiling white) , will be more than time to take a general it.

4. Moisture/water

Moisture strikes the camera in a variety of ways. In your largest extreme, she attacks like water, that has the ability to end quickly with the life of your camera (I receive regularly mails from owners of digital cameras cameras down in all kinds of liquids, including the ocean, rivers and even in toilets?!). Use the handles of your camera to keep her out of the water and always be careful where you put it and how it can be taken down.
A more subtle when it comes to moisture is condensation. Remarkable especially when you go from one temperature to another with your camera (for example, an environment with air conditioning for a wet). Invest in silica gel packs is a way to help with this, because they absorb moisture in your camera bag. Some people suggest you put it in a sealed bag when you are moving to other temperatures – this can work well, but it’s not very practical in many situations, especially when you have a great camera. Ideally your camera warm naturally and slowly-this is definitely a challenge. In addition – clean your camera regularly in damp environments.

5. Salt

Although the beach present to photographers photographic opportunities, it can also be a dangerous place, with many predators of digital cameras – one of which is salt, which has a habit of getting into your camera and lenses, causing all sorts of problems (including corrosion).
Fight the impact of the salt you have in your camera cleaning at least once a day when you’re photographing in places with salt.
If you have a DSLR, use UV filters in their lenses, to provide an extra level of protection and avoid open your camera (to exchange the batteries, memory cards or lenses) as much as possible. When not photographing, keep your camera safe in your bag and be aware of where you’re positioned on windy days.

6. Theft

Another natural predator of expensive photographic equipment theft, when you least expect it – leaving him frustrated and wondering what you did to deserve it.
Always be aware of where your equipment is and how much he is accessible to others. Buy a bag that don’t let so of course it has a camera, if possible (there are some great brands on the market).
Keep your cameras on your body if you are in a risk environment, keep your cameras locked and properly attached, consider putting your purse in front rather than behind in high-risk situations, insure your pro equipment, try to be selective, and not to travel with a lot of stuff at once.

7. Beats and Falls

The loss of so many cameras occurs when they are dropped or hits on other hard objects. Although some cameras come with a shock-proof, most cameras do not have this and need to be treated as delicate objects.
Use a padded bag or cover (and use when your camera is not in use), be aware of where you put your camera, be careful when you’re passing it from one person to another, etc. Also check out your home and contents insurance to see if they cover incidental (many cover).That’s just common sense, but I’m impressed with the frequency with which accidents fools end up with the life of expensive equipment.

 Good Equipment

Hope you are feeling a little more prepared to venture out with your digital camera, feeling confident with your ability to maintain their natural predators away. I believe that you as a good lover of photography usually doesn’t practice the things described in this article, but I hope that if someday be on these situations, can remember that simple things can destroy your digital camera, but also simple actions can make it almost immortal.
And you, do you have a tip, or has gone through some misfortune? Share with us in comments.