Taking care of your camera before and during a trip

I am not the best ”taking care of your equipment lady” and God knows I rather trow a way clothes than fix them if broken. But when it comes to the camera I think it is better to be safe than sorry, being organised and always bringing a cloth is important. I am now on my way to Island with a bunch of photographers accompanied by Emelie Ohlsson photographer/teacher. Here are some quick tips and everything you need to keep your camera clean before and during a trip:

  • If you don´t have any, buy a good cleaning cloth. The ones used for glasses are the ultimate ones. Be careful and check so that you haven´t gotten any grains in your cloth before cleaning.
  • Do not under any circumstances use chemicals in or on your camera if your not sure what you are doing. On the outside you can use chemicals in some cases, but I normally just use paper and a very small amount of cleaning alcohol that are used for hands, for example to clean the display on the backside of the camera.
  • Avoid cleaning inside camera if not specifically necessary. Use the normal function of sensor cleaning that is built in. If you need to clean inside, take it to a photostore/someone that can help you.
  • Bring a couple of plastic bags (the ones you use for food storage) and a rubber band, if it starts to rain. Cameras hate rain and will break. You can just put it over your camera, secure it with the sun protection/lens hood to your camera.

It is as simple as this, all you need is patience and a clean dry cloth for glasses.

Now I am off to Arlanda! 🙂

Katarina

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  1. raniamaria

    Åh jag är också rätt dålig på att ta hand om / vara aktsam med min kamera haha, trots att den är med mig i ur och skur – borde skärpa mig!

    Svar: Nej det tar minst en vecka innan det läkt helt… Försöker gå barfota eller i typ träskor så mycket jag bara kan haha. Jag tänker inte ge upp på vandringen! Ska dubbelkolla att mina skor är i rätt storlek, använda en tunnare strumpa under vandringstrumporna nästa gång samt tejpa hälarna – det Ska bara gå! Hoppas du också lyckas lösa så du kan vandra igen. Var var ni och backpackade i somras?

    • Ja vi backpackade Europa i juni och jag hade bara bekväma skor, använde nästan enbart mina gympaskor men det hjälpte inte. Fick blåsor stora som mynt under foten bakom tårna. Det är fruktansvärt. Viss smärta går inte att uthärda. Ja jag borde också lära mig tejpa och liknande. Ska testa och se om det blir bättre. Tex tår och hälar. Ska googla och kolla teknik för det. 🙂 tack för kommentaren. Kameran är man vårdslös med generellt. Känner igen det.. 🙂

  2. I agree. Taking extra care of your camera is a must especially if that camera is your trusty travel buddy. 🙂 Although may I suggest putting some moisture absorbers inside the camera bag to avoid water build up inside the camera body? Most of the time, it’s the little stuff that we don’t see that will harm the camera.

    • Hi! thanks for the comment. Couldn´t agree more. How smart with moisture absorbers! that is something to try out as well. Where do you buy these? how do they work?

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