A good quality camera can last many years and help you and your family capture beautiful, genuine moments and memories. There’s no reason why your camera, accessories and equipment shouldn’t last you a long time if you store these items properly when not in use.
Even high-quality cameras and their equipment can become damaged if stored improperly. To help you take care of these pricey and worthwhile electronics, we’ve compiled the guide below on correctly storing your camera equipment.
Don’t fret when it comes to keeping these gadgets in pristine condition. If you follow some simple rules, they should be good to go for your next family vacation, romantic getaway or solo adventure.
Invest in a Camera Bag or Backpack
It goes without saying that if you’re going to be out and about with your camera and equipment for shooting, you should invest in a robust shoulder bag or backpack to carry your gear and keep it safe.
Make sure that whatever you choose is rainproof and has zippered enclosures or padded dividers for protection. You might want to choose something with a solid rubber base that doesn’t move or roll around when placed on the ground.
If you want further protection from the elements, you may choose to purchase a rain cover for your camera. This is especially true if you are a wildlife photographer or tend to work in wet, humid conditions. Furthermore, if you want full protection from the elements, you may choose to invest in a hard, watertight case. These are great for travelling photographers and those who want to capture images while camping or in the great outdoors for extended periods.
Portable Carts and Shelves
If you like to display your camera and gear at home, there are different ways to do this. Firstly, you might like the option of open shelving somewhere in your home, which is excellent for easy access to your camera and equipment.
As long as the area is dry and free from potential dangers — children running around who may knock it over — then you can benefit from a beautiful display. You can even add some shelves inside a cabinet or enclosed space for more protection.
Another excellent option for keeping your gear protected is a mobile or heavy-duty sided cart, which you can wheel away if you want to move your equipment from one location in your house to another. The cabinets can be locked and secured to prevent theft and give you peace of mind when storing your camera and equipment.
One of the best ways to safely store your camera equipment and keep your items in good condition is to maintain these items by organizing them regularly. If you plan on storing away your gear for a long time, do so neatly and wipe down all accessories before putting them away.
Try to use old cameras and their lenses once in a while, so they don’t freeze or lock up over time in storage. At least turn on your camera now and then to make sure it’s working correctly. Keep your equipment — especially if you have a lot of it — organized so that things are less likely to end up damaged when taken out of storage. Keep stock of what you own so that parts and cables don’t go missing and organize like with like so that it’s always easy to find.
Don’t just dump everything into one drawer. Not only is this messy, but it can also cause items to rattle around and get damaged. Keep things properly in place on shelves or in bags with compartments that are separated and protected.
Beware of Temperature Fluctuations
Temperature fluctuations and humid conditions are hazardous to most cameras and their accessories. Ensure that these items are not sitting out in the hot sun or humid environments unnecessarily or without being protected.
Try not to bring your camera in places with a lot of condensation, as internal condensation is one quick way to damage your camera permanently. If you’re shooting in the cold, leave your camera in the bag once you come inside so that it doesn’t react to the sudden temperature change. Your camera needs to warm up to whatever temperature you might use it in. Avoid drastic temperature changes and insulate your camera whenever you use it in harsh elements.
If you plan on storing your camera and equipment for some time in an offsite location, you need to make sure your storage unit is climate controlled. A climate-controlled storage unit will ensure your camera equipment stays in excellent condition, as there are no humidity or temperature fluctuations.
Remember to choose a storage facility with high security, as camera equipment can be pricey and hard to replace if stolen. If photography is your business, you should have insurance on these items to protect your investment from theft and damages.
Now that you know how detrimental improper storage and humid conditions can be for your camera equipment, you should never neglect to take proper precautions. Though cameras and their equipment can be replaced, it is often costly to do so. Many of these items sell for thousands of dollars and aren’t something you can easily buy on a whim.
To learn more about storing your camera and equipment safely and securely, call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-745-4339 or contact us here.