If the temperature is a’rising outside, your beloved camera could be at risk for damage. Check out our list of 10 tips for photographing in warm weather to keep your camera safe and happy this summer:
1. Before heading outside, check your camera manufacturer’s heat and humidity recommendations.
Extreme heat and intense levels of humidity can cause permanent damage to camera components. Check your owner’s manual for the manufacturer’s recommended temperature and humidity limits for camera use. Usually, temperatures over 100 degrees Fahrenheit and/or humidity over 85% are a no-go for DSLRs.
2. Keep your camera within a padded camera bag.
A padded camera bag can serve as insulated protection from the hot, humid summer air. Don’t have a padded camera bag? Try an insulated cooler, instead.
3. Scope out a shady spot ahead of time.
If you’re meeting clients at a new photo shoot location, scope it out ahead of time to find some shady spots. When it comes time for your shoot, both your camera and your clients will appreciate having some time to cool off, out of direct sunlight.
4. Wear a headband to prevent sweat from fogging the viewfinder.
If you’re sweating, you can bet your camera will be, too. Keep sweat from your face from fogging up the viewfinder by investing in a fitness headband (like one of these)!
5. Make any and all temperature changes gradual, not sudden.
Taking your camera out into the hot, humid air after it’s been inside an air conditioned room all night will cause condensation to appear almost immediately. When leaving the house, take the camera outside while it’s still in an insulated case. After several minutes of adjustment, the camera will be able to acclimate better to the new environment.
6. Clean your camera and lenses as often as possible.
Shooting in humid conditions can cause condensation, which can lead to mildew buildup. Take some extra time to clean your camera and lenses to prevent anything gross from messing with your camera’s normal functions!
7. If it really is a jungle out there, invest in some silica gel.
You know those packets that come with all of your online purchases? They’re great at keeping moisture out of closed spaces. Pop a few into your camera bag, and replace periodically. Some silica gel even changes color when it needs to be tossed.
8. Bring a small, dry towel with you to keep the camera covered.
A black camera will absorb heat from the sun pretty quickly. If you’re shooting when the sun is strong, bring a dry, light-colored towel with you to cover your camera in between photos.
9. Keep an eyeglass cloth handy to remove any moisture from the exterior of the camera.
The delicate exterior features of your camera should only be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth. An eyeglass cloth can easily fit into your pocket for easy moisture removal on the fly.
10. Keep your camera out of the hot car!
If you’re running errands, grabbing a bite to eat, or packing it in for the night after a shoot, bring your camera with you wherever you go. The extreme heat could cause mechanical and electrical damage to your camera, which puts your images in danger of being lost.
What are your tried and true tips for keeping your camera safe in the hot weather? Post below or send us a tweet @natphotolab!
PS – If you’re reading this from the Arctic Circle or from the southern hemisphere, check out our 10 Tips for Photographing in Cold Weather today!