Photography is the one hobby that can be taken incredibly seriously, or seen as a ‘just for fun’ thing to do. For those who view this as a thing to take seriously, there are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes to maintaining the equipment and keeping your gear in tip top shape.
First, you should always make sure that your gear is clean and ready to be used. If there’s dust that’s collected on it or even something that pilled on it, try to wipe it off immediately. The cleaner the gear, the easier to use and the better your pictures are going to turn out. And no body wants a sticky camera.
When you put your gear away, try to make sure that every individual piece has it’s own spot in the case or holder. If you have too many things in one spot and cram a lot of the equipment into the same slot holder, you run the risk of causing damage to something or even breaking a part of your camera. This especially applies for wherever the lens is in the case. Whenever it’s put away and not in use, always put the lens cap on so it’s protected against scratching and breaking.
Keep the camera out of water. It sounds silly to have to be pointed out, but a lot of people assume that because it’s an expensive piece of equipment, it’s invincible. Unless there’s a label written down in it’s instructions, or listed as a feature that it’s water proof/resistant, don’t take it in the water. Usually something like this is advertised heavily on the camera itself, but if not, keep that in mind if you want to be able to use the camera for a while.
Put the gear on the insurance policy. If the camera is a simple disposable one, then don’t worry about this step, but if you’ve invest a lot of time as well as money into the camera and it’s gear, it’s highly suggested putting it on your home owner’s/renters insurance plan. While you’re out using it and something happens that was not your fault or even just a freak accident, you’ll want it to be replaced. If it’s not insured then you have two options; buy a new one altogether on your own, or don’t get a new one. If photography is a serious hobby for you, and you’ve spent your hard earned money to get the equipment you want, then insuring it is very much recommended to do.
Lastly, we’ll talk about the sensor. If you’re finding specks or other things in your photos, don’t just blow into the camera to clear it. That could worsen the problem. I suggest making sure you have the right tools to properly clean the sensor, or even just take it in and have it looked at. If anything, it may not be the sensor and something else entirely.