Keep your head above the water and learn the easy way to avoid the dangers photographers must face.
The ever growing sport of photography has enjoyed exponential growth in the past few years. With new advances in technologies come more features and ease of use. However, even with upgrades to the photographer’s arsenal, classic dangers from the days of old persist to pose a threat.
While these pitfalls of photography may seem obvious, commonsense, or even trivial, they are dangerous nonetheless. Identifying these pitfalls ahead of time and understanding how to deal with them is the only surefire way to save a plucky photographer headaches and money.
The beach is the perfect place to relax, unwind, and have a good time. However, for the photographer, the threat of water, ocean mist, and sand is all too real. In the worst case scenario, a poorly timed change of lenses during a sudden gust of wind may result in sand getting into the camera body. Any photographer who has experienced sand grinding inside a lens has learned their lesson quickly. Salt water wrecks havoc on unprotected camera equipment and can cause corrosion. Leaning in low and close to the tide can also result in a soaked camera if the photographer is not careful!
If equipment does get wet, remove the lens and gently clean and dry the camera body and lens using proper cleaning equipment once in a suitable environment. Filters should be removed and cleaned along the threading. If changing lenses is necessary, keep your back to the wind and point the camera body downwards to prevent a sandy disaster.
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