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Weatherproofing Your Digital Camera

Aug 28, 2008
The most common thing people do when it starts to rain, snow, or when the weather goes to the extremes of hot or cold, is to take their digital cameras indoors to protect them from the weather. While this kind of preservation may be necessary to safeguard an expensive piece of equipment, it will also mean missing out on a lot of great shots.

On the other hand, some people can be really careless about their digital cameras. They think nothing of leaving their valuable SLR digital cameras or compact cameras inside their car which may happen to be sweltering under a hundred degree heat wave. Cameras hate extreme heat. They cannot tolerate extreme cold either.

When people buy digital cameras, they necessarily invest a lot of money in a good product. That is why they'll need to find different ways of protecting their digital cameras to prevent them from being damaged by the weather.

One very good idea is to buy a sturdy camera bag. Camera buffs who enjoy hiking or traveling to different places risk exposing their digital cameras to the elements. A good quality camera bag can protect sensitive digital cameras from all types of weather, as well as safeguard all other camera-related equipment that go with it.

Another way to protect digital cameras is to use a UV filter or skylight filter to protect the camera's lens. In doing so, the lens is protected from the ravages of wind, rain, sunlight, and even scratches. Investing in a UV filter or skylight filter will be less expensive in the long run compared to having to constantly replace the camera's lens.

Getting caught under the rain while taking pictures can also damage digital cameras. However, taking pictures of the rain can make for very interesting, very unique kinds of images. One good idea is to enclose the camera inside a plastic bag with a hole just the right size to fit the lens through. Secure the lens to the bag using a rubber band, and viola! You get an instant rain-proofed digital camera to take pictures in the rain with.

Extreme heat can damage digital cameras beyond repair, especially if you're taking pictures outdoors. Covering your digital camera with a lightweight piece of cloth, such as a towel, can help protect it from the sun. It will be better to use a light or white-colored cloth to reflect the heat. Dark colors will only absorb heat.

On the other hand, to counter very cold weather, you will need to keep your digital camera as warm as possible. Some people shelter their cameras under their jacket, making use of their body heat to help ward off the cold. Keeping digital cameras warm in freezing weather will prevent condensation from forming.

However, if condensation does occur, the best way to save your camera will be to remove the batteries and memory cards, and keep their respective compartments wide open until they are fully dry. Taking the camera outdoors in cold weather while traces of condensation remain will cause your camera to freeze. And frozen digital cameras are no good at all.

By making use of simple weatherproofing ways to protect your digital camera from the elements, you'll be able to get years and years out of your equipment to take beautiful pictures under all sorts of weather.
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