Keep Your Camera Safe

posted on 21st of june, 2010

For outdoor and adventure photographers like myself, keeping digital gear safe and sound is always a priority. I take my equipment fishing, skiing, motorcycling - you name it. Here are some tips I've picked up along the way:

1. Keep those little silica packs you find in new luggage or clothing. You know the ones, they read 'Do Not Eat.' I have six to eight of them in my camera bag, they reduce humidity inside your bag, keeping your gear safer while in humid climates.

2. Get a three-fold dry bag. Made from thick PVC, these are the only things I've ever had that are truly 100 per cent waterproof. When in harsh climates, putting your camera bag inside a dry bag will put your mind at ease.

3. Lens cleaning equipment. If you're taking photographs in bad weather, your lens will need cleaning every time you use your camera.

4. Plastic covers - check out photography supply stores for these handy camera covers. They are plastic bags that tighten over your camera's body and seal out moisture, yet still allow access to the buttons. Perfect for shooting in the rain.

5. Backpack or sling-style camera bag: a must for the adventurer! Backpack bags, like my Lowepro Flipside 200, are more secure, but sling-style bags offer quicker access to your gear. Scotch guard them for good measure.

Good luck out there!

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Comments (15)

Posted by Bluearth2000 on July 20, 2010
hi Dave, I am new here and found this article to be very useful..is there a button somewhere to let Dreamstime know this? Thank you! Have a great week...
Posted by Wildmac on June 22, 2010
Thanks for the great tips :)
Posted by Mariaam on June 22, 2010
Thanks for all the tips! ;)
Posted by Egomezta on June 22, 2010
Thanks for sharing..... Good to know....
Posted by Shuiyanxii on June 22, 2010
Useful info:) thanks.
Posted by Yuritz on June 22, 2010
thanks for sharing your experiences,great tips
Posted by Joezachs on June 22, 2010
Good info, especially that silica packs you find in new luggage packs.
They can be reused this way.
Posted by Frantab01 on June 22, 2010
thanks for sharing :) great tips
Posted by Keki on June 22, 2010
thanks for the tips :)
Posted by Schmali666 on June 22, 2010

thank you for the tips. Wish our equipments a long long life.

Posted by Mani33 on June 21, 2010
Thanks for the tips! Nice Heli shot! :)
Posted by Dan1 on June 21, 2010
I found a video camera bag works good for me. I ride a scooter (don't laugh) and it slings over my shoulder. In case of an accident - i would get the worst end of the deal. A camera can be replaced - i can't. It won't matter the rest of the year _ will be having ankle surgery soon and that will slow me down (thought it was coming sooner). Maybe some pics in the hospital.
I'll have to get some of those sillica packs
Posted by Adeliepenguin on June 21, 2010
All good suggestions! I love my "dry bag"...I have one meant for kayakers, but use it for any kind of travel to protect my camera, not just in harsh climates. (I usually have the bag inside a light weight backpack.) Also, I have found that a large shower cap can work to cover a camera (with a shorter lens) in case of a rain emergency (light rain/ drizzle).
Posted by Physi28 on June 21, 2010
Thanks so much, something to keep in mind!
Posted by Jdanne on June 21, 2010
Thanks for sharing your knowledge!

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David Webb is a travel writer and adventure photographer based in Vancouver, BC, Canada. His work appears in Explore, British Columbia Magazine, acrossandabroad.com, Destination Canada and more.

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