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How To Keep Your Camera Cool In The Heat

Author : Rick Valence

People who are too careful about their cameras keep them indoors when the temperature outside is too high. It is better to be too careful, and keep your camera safe, than to be careless and destroy it completely. While it is a good idea to protect the camera from extreme heat, the problem is that most of the "photography action" takes place outdoors. Without your camera strapped around your shoulder, you would miss a lot of good shots. So you need to find a way to get your camera out, but also protect it adequately from the heat so that it does not get damaged.

You need to follow a few simple tips consistently whenever you handle your camera; it has to become second nature to you. Then your camera will be adequately protected from damage. One of the best ways to protect your camera is to use a good, comfortable camera bag. This would protect your camera from physical shock and also protect it from direct sunlight, moisture, and rain. Weather proof bags will go a long way in protecting your camera from direct heat of the sun, too. Moreover, the bag will help you to keep all your accessories in one place without losing them when you travel.

When the temperature outside gets too hot or the intensity of the light too high, you can use a UV filter to protect the lens of your camera. You can also use a skylight filter for the same reason. When compared to the cost of the lens, these filters are extremely inexpensive. So rather than getting your lens damaged, you can invest a few dollars in getting good UV filters for your lens.

Do not leave the camera under direct, harsh sunlight. Protect it with a towel or shade of some sort so that the sunrays do not strike directly on the body of the camera or the lens. Direct sunlight on the camera can make it hot and damage the intricate electronic circuitry within the camera. Ensure that the towel or any cover that you place over the camera is not a dark color as dark colors absorb heat and can make the camera even more hot.

If your camera has been accidentally exposed to heat, never use the camera immediately until it has cooled down considerably. Using the camera when it is hot can damage the camera. In fact, try not to move the camera at all when it is hot. Let it cool down before you handle it or use it again to prevent any kind of damage.

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Rick Valence is a camera repair specialist at C.R.I.S. in Chandler, AZ ( Along with being a camera and photography enthusiast, Rick enjoys blogging about digital camera repair and traveling around the world to find exotic regions and experiences to photograph.

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Tags:   camera, heat, hot camera, desert camera, camera tips, camera heat damage

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