A Strong Coffee: A Blogger's Guide To Looking After Your DSLR

Sunday, 26 April 2015

A Blogger's Guide To Looking After Your DSLR

Bloggers guide to looking after your DSLR


I have to say that I am no expert with our DSLR. I really could do with some lessons on how to use it rather than just pointing and shooting. Having said that, it still does a pretty good job. I am not very good at looking after it. Here are some things that I have learnt about caring for my DSLR which may or may not be of use to you.

1. Buy a bag for it. This will keep it safe when you are at home as well as when you are out and about, especially if you have a different lenses. Chucking it in your handbag with the kids half eaten raisins isn't the best idea.

2. Don't leave it where the children can see it. I say see it rather than reach it as they will always climb to get it. It is a mystery object to them. They see how much you love it, and love taking photos of them with it. They only want a little go. Before you know it you will have close up shots of Peppa Pig on the TV and bits will have been removed from it that you will never find again. I speak from experience.

3. Ok, I know that not everyone is as into photographing their food as I am, but if like me you like to dabble in food blogging, beware of flour. The stuff seems to get everywhere. That includes your beloved DSLR. Don't tell the husband but I am forever trying to blow away flour from it. Wash and dry your hands before photographing your masterpiece.

4. Don't lose the lense cap. Seems simple right? Wrong. I swear ours has a mind of it's own. I spend as many hours a week looking for the lens cap as I do looking for my car keys. Those that know me will know that this is a stupidly large amount of time.

5. Get a cleaning kit. My husband and I were discussing whether we should get one when an e mail landed in my inbox telling me all about caring for my camera. Apparently wiping the lens with the sleeve of your jumper is not recommended. Who knew! Hopefully this will help us look after it for a little longer, providing we follow point 2 correctly.


What tips would you add?



Currys are kindly sending me a cleaning kit in exchange for sharing my tips.

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35 comments:

Tracy K Nixon said...

Some great tips thank you!

ashleigh allan said...

great tips - especially Don't leave it where the children can see it!

Laura Anne Farnworth said...

Yea we had a cleaning kit for our DSLR, it was cute!

Louise Fairweather said...

I may have been using my sleeve in the past - which according to their post is a big no no!

Louise Fairweather said...

Bless them, I wouldn't mind but they have their own kid camera!

Sarah Christie said...

I need a grown up camera, I am still using my phone which I love but would love one that has wifi xx

Louise Fairweather said...

Phones have good cameras these days. They just aren't quite as sharp x

Angie McDonald said...

Fantastic post! I'd love a DSLR!

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

I still use my phone all the time, as I can never be bothered to get the DSLR out :) But, these are great tips!!

nicdanuk said...

cool

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes it's so bulky I can't be bothered taking it out with me, but the photos are soooo much better

Let's Talk Mommy said...

I love this and I am a huge foodie and doing A LOT of food styling so my dslr is covered in flour and powdered sugar all the time haha I probably do all of these no nos. OOOPs so naughty. I really need to take care of it better. Great post hun. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

Louise Fairweather said...

Glad you are as bad as I am!

Susie Wilkinson said...

I've still got a wet-film camera that I haven't actually used for about 10 years, I tend to take pictures with my phone, so I don't have these problems!

Harley Richardson said...

Our lenses cap also likes to go walkabout!!

Rebecca Phillips said...

i'm so jealous! i would love a DSLR but the price tags are a bit too high for me at the mo. my digital camera & iphone dont cut it though!

paul pratt said...

way over our price budget, maybe some other time :P

Rebecca Nisbet said...

wow, bit pricey, il stick with my phone lol.

katie robertson said...

bit pricey

kim neville said...

DSLR the picture quality is amazing but I find too bulky for me. I use my little Nikon camera or my iphone

Claire Woods said...

I've not used one but would love to try.

Stacey Tripconey said...

Some great tips here :)

Monica Gilbert said...

I love these tips. They're practical and funny. I don't have a DSLR, but making sure you buy memory cards that work for your camera is pretty important. My mother just had that problem and was not happy.

Ellie Spider said...

get the right bag for it - if u get a bag built for another camera its gonna bounce around and get damaged. Oh and never spit on the lens to polish it up ...ever

Karen said...

Great tips X

Elzbieta Znyk said...

great advises xx

Olivia Kirby said...

We haven't got a DSLR, I just asked my husband ;-)

Sandy Ralph said...

i love taking photos but I dont have a camera like this

sam cornford said...

I had mine on a tripod ready to take a pic and knocked it. It fell with the Lens out and knocked it out of alignment and it hasn't worked since. I'll stick with my phone now.

Kerry Lethbridge said...

These are great tips I shall point my mum this way as she just bought a fab new DSLR

Kazz Usher said...

Some great tips that will come in handy.

Angi said...

Agree with lens cap issue, I lost mine for a week on top of the cats scratch post (also black!!!) - lens needed such a food clean after that!!!! Also recommend a good camera bag........we have crumpler and its invaluable for keeping our camera safe and clean

Kirsty Woods said...

Fab, thanks for the tips

Chantelle Kemp said...

Brilliant tips! Thank you! :)

Karl Borowy said...

love this blog