Here are some simple and effective tips for maintaining your DSLR Camera. However, some of the advice would also be useful with a standard point-and-shoot camera.
Tips and tricks to take care of your expensive DSLR Camera
It is important to purchase a camera and maintain it well in order to get the best results. Without proper care and handling, your equipment will degrade over time and not yield the best results.. Here are some very simple and basic tips to keep it safe.
Your DSLR should always be hung around your neck with the strap. This will prevent your equipment from falling. You should be extra careful when giving it to others. Check that they know how to hold it properly and that the strap is around their neck. Avoid scratching the lens and filter surfaces. For a longer scratch-free life, you should buy a screen guard for your LCD.
There should be a soft inner surface in the camera bag in order to prevent scratches to the camera body. It should be durable enough to handle any external wear and tear. In order to lock your camera securely, it must have enough space. Keeping your equipment dry is easier if your bag has an attached rain cover. Otherwise, always keep big polythene inside your bag, which can be easily wrapped around the camera bag.
The most common culprits that affect your camera body are humidity and moisture. Keeping sachets of silica gel in your bag is one of the easiest ways to keep it dry. Silica absorbs moisture and protects your equipment. These sachets are easily available at very low prices in the market. You may even find them in the box of other electronic equipment that you purchase. However, remember to change them every humid season (in 3-4 months) as they can only absorb a certain amount of moisture.
It is most likely that your camera's sensor will be exposed to dust particles when you change your lens. When you remove the lens, your camera's sensor is exposed to the outside world, so you must take extra care when you do so. It is recommended to change the lens in a closed room with the fan off. Keep your camera open to the ground when removing the lens and attaching a new one. Try to keep the lens-changing process as short as possible.
With these simple but effective tips, your DSLR camera will give you the best results over a long period of time.