A close up of a camera

DSLR Care Tips

April 6, 2015

As I approached my 30th birthday I knew exactly what I wanted, I wanted a DSLR camera – the Nikon DS3200 to precise. I’d already saved half of the money I needed to buy it so asked my friends and family for money instead of gifts so that I would finally be able to purchase my DSLR.

After finally purchasing it I will admit to being worried about taking it out of the house as I didn’t want to break such an expensive piece of equipment, however as the months went by I became more confident with it and now it comes with me almost all the time on family days out, to events and for special occasions. Taking care of my DSLR is now second nature to me but let me share with you my top five DSLR Care Tips with you…

DSLR Care Tips

A close up of a camera

How to keep your DSLR camera clean

One of the first things that a fellow blogger told me about caring for my DSLR not long after I bought mine was to never, ever use your shirt, your top or any piece of clothing to wipe the lens. Your clothing may feel clean and soft against your skin however against your lens you might be smearing grease, sweat and dirt across it. The same goes for using tissues or paper towels, only ever use a microfibre cloth (that is only used for cleaning your lens) or a lens cleaner pen.

Use your lens cap

Whilst it may seem a little bit of a pain adding your lens cap back onto the lens when you have finished taking some photos it is good practice. Not only will it keep any dust and dirt in the air away from the front of the lens but it will also protect it against any knocks when you are carrying your DSLR either around your neck or within its bag.

The same also goes for when you are switching lens, ensure that you add the rear cap to the back of your lens before you store it is your bag or even on the shelf with your other lens – lens are expensive and the last thing you want to do is get a scratch on the lens glass or dirt inside it.

Use your camera strap

We are all guilty of dropping things every now and again, whilst a side plate or coffee cup can be replaced relatively easily an expensive DSLR however is much more costly to replace. When you buy a new DSLR it will come with a strap and it’s not just there to advertise the brand of camera you own, it serves a purpose – it not only helps you carry your DSLR until you need it but it also serves as a fail safe in case you get a dose of butter fingers.

A person holding a camera

Keep your memory

Just like you would when using a memory card within your computer you need to make sure that you are ejecting it safely – never insert or eject a memory card whilst your DSLR is switched on. Adding or removing your memory card whilst your camera is switched on not only runs the risk of you losing all your images sorted on said memory card but you could also play havoc with your DSLR software.

A good excuse for a new bag

A girl generally doesn’t need an excuse to buy a new bag but owning a DSLR really does give you that opportunity. Making sure that your precious DSLR is stored within a padded camera bag will not only give you piece of mine when you are travelling but it will also be able to house your other DSLR accessories like spare lens, lens cleaner pen and additional battery or memory card.

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  • Mummy Matters April 6, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Eek I am guilty of using my clothing to clean my lens. Great tips thank you

  • Erica Price April 6, 2015 at 8:42 am

    I need to get some lens cleaning gear pretty pronto. I’m a terror for this.

  • Louise Edwards April 6, 2015 at 9:35 am

    Some great tips there – and love your excuse for a new bag (and a very nice one it is too!). I don’t have a DSLR though my hubbie does – I take most of my photos on my phone as it is so handy.

  • lisa prince April 6, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    my new one , the battery compartment snapped so im gutted , great tips

  • Rachel April 6, 2015 at 12:13 pm

    I’m thirty this year (eek!) and want a DSLR. One of my friends is kindly giving me her old one in the Summer, so for my birthday I will be asking for the money to buy new lenses and bags. Some great tips here – am pinning it for when I get mine!

  • Angela April 6, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I want to upgrade my camera at some time in the future, so these tips will come in handy. I’ve pinned for a later date.

  • Jen Walshaw April 6, 2015 at 12:35 pm

    I have a polarising lens, so I dont need to use my cap! I love my camera indecently!

  • Sarah Bailey April 6, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    What some great tips, I just got myself a new camera bag and its gorgeous its one of those that looks like a normal handbag!

  • angela hamilton April 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    I have a small digital camera but would love a dslr, any excuse hehe, but have always been a bit nervous but after reading this I think I will ask for one for my birthday lol

  • Clare Nicholas April 6, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    I’ve only a bridge atm but am finally getting to the point of braving using it lol

  • Rachel April 7, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Some amazing tips, some really really vital, like wiping the lense, it can make so much difference x

  • Kate Williams April 7, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Oh I would love a DSLR! Ashamed to admit that most of my photos are done on my phone!

  • Kara April 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I am terrible for using my clothes to clean the lens – need to buy a microfibre cloth

  • Michelle April 9, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Great tips lovely! I must admit I have been known to use the edge of my top to clean my lens, oops! xx

  • Ryan Costello April 11, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I have so much camera equipment that I never even use anymore because I didn’t take care of it. Now I just use my phone. I ruined a lot of it by going on a long safari trip in Kenya with dust and changing weather conditions.

  • Agata April 12, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Cleaning sets are very cheep these days. I think 3 piece one can be purchase from ebay for about £3 or maybe £3.50 and they really do as good job as the more expensive ones 🙂

  • Nayna Kanabar April 12, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    You have shared some great tips here, simple but very sensible.

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