Protect Your Camera
Rain, humidity, sand, and dust are some of your camera's enemies. Fortunately, taking just a few simple precautions will allow you to protect your camera in even the most extreme conditions. In the following you will find some advice on how you can protect your camera.
It often rains in our native Denmark, but it is not only in these latitudes that rain is a challenge you must take seriously. During vacations in the tropics it is quite common to experience torrential downpours. And water does not only fall from the sky. You might want to take photos of happy children playing in a fountain or you might want to capture your girlfriend for posterity in front of a waterfall. There are many ways you can use water as an element in your photography and there is absolutely no reason to pack up your camera just because it might get a little wet.
Most cameras won’t mind a little rain. The more expensive the equipment the more water it will generally tolerate. Professional equipment has been designed to tolerate really extreme conditions, but you should expect to pay accordingly.
Many people do not realise this, but bad weather often allows you to shoot very different and exciting photos. In time, the perfect holiday snapshot of blue skies and sunshine can actually become a little boring. Try shooting some photos when the weather is at its worst. If you are convinced that it will soon start raining, bring along an umbrella to protect your camera. You can also carry your camera safely stowed away in your breast pocket under rain wear or a poncho.
Most cameras can handle a little humidity if you make sure to dry them out thoroughly as soon as possible. If you are travelling in an environment characterised by high humidity we recommend that you invest in a water and air proof container for your camera. There are many different types of protective equipment on the market.
When the clouds gather and the sky darkens it is comforting to know that you have a good waterproof camera bag within easy reach. This photo is from New Zealand.
In summer, the camera is a natural companion on your outing to the seaside. The beach is, of course, made up of billions of tiny grains of sand that can easily penetrate even the smallest of openings. You should show great care when shooting around sand, because if you do not, cleaning your camera can be highly problematic.
Sand is a challenge, but dust can be even more of a challenge. Dust can penetrate everywhere and guarding against it can, consequently, be very difficult. Showing great care and using more time on maintenance than usual is the only solution to the problem. This is a photo of an Ababda Beduin in the Wadi el Gemal.
In a desert you can be quite sure that dust will penetrate everywhere. So take good care of your equipment!