Protecting your DSLR from Humidity
Living in Raleigh over the summer is extremely hot and humid and I’ve
had to learn how to effectively protect my camera from the summer
weather. If you live in an area with high humidity or plan to take
summer vacations to the beach or other tropical locations, you need to
take extra precaution with your camera and especially your lens. When
the humidity is extreme, you can risk ruining your camera, so take
these simple precautions to help preserve your camera.
Use Desiccant Packets
Desiccant packets are little white packets found in shipped packages
to keep moisture out of the boxes. Most people will throw them away,
but if you keep them or buy new packets, you can use them in your
camera bag. When you are transporting your gear, these packets can
keep your camera equipment moisture free. While desiccant packets will
not completely protect your camera, they can definitely help make a
difference in the moisture levels of your camera bag.
Keep Moisture from Lenses
When changing lenses in high humidity, moisture can develop inside the
camera. If you need to change your lens, try to change it at night
when the air is cooler and less humid. You can keep extra cloths on
hand to wipe off excess moisture from both your lens and your camera
body. You should also use those cloths to wipe off your hands and the
grip of your camera. With extra moisture building up, your camera
grip and hands can get slippery and cause you to drop your camera.
Use Ziploc bags
I’ve mentioned Ziploc bags in a previous post about weather conditions
and you should definitely keep some on hand. Place your sensitive
equipment in a Ziploc bag when moving from cold air conditioned rooms
into hot humid weather. This helps your gear adjust to the change in
temperature slowly, keeping moisture from building up. This also
keeps your lens from fogging up and blurring your images.
Shoot in the Evening
If the heat is terrible during the day, consider moving your photo
shoots from the day to evening. The cooler weather should help with
humidity levels and help preserve your camera. If the outdoors are
unbearable, you can also move your shoot indoors to completely avoid
any issues with humidity and heat. Keep the weather conditions in
mind as you are scheduling a time and place for your photo shoots with
The hot humid weather shouldn’t deter you from taking photos, so use
these few tips to effectively keep your camera safe in the summer.
Also, remember to hydrate and wear a hat or sunscreen if you plan to
be outside for extended periods of time shooting during the day. Enjoy
your summer photo shoots!