Credits: TBI ARCHIVES
Holi is just a few days away and I am sure that all of you are excited about it. Once who are away are excited about seeing their families and the ones that are at home are awaiting the arrival of loved ones. But mainly everyone is just waiting for the day to arrive when they get to bomb each other with colors and water and be happy about it. I’m sure you’ll be clicking a lot of pictures too with your friends covered in weird colors.
But what if you are out there clicking people and suddenly your camera gets bombed with colored water? And starts to dysfunction? What will you do then? How will you click any more pictures?
Credits: BEN WEEKS
Don’t worry; we’ve got you covered on some tips & tricks as to how to save your camera from the entire color bombing. Here’s how:-
1. Protect the Sensor – The first step to protecting your camera during Holi is to seal the lens joint with tape. The best option is to use a duct tape because it was originally designed to seal air ducts and its air tight, its duct tape. Besides it also comes off clean without leaving lots of tape residue when you are done. Be Careful not to tape on to the zoom grip of the lens of using a zoom lens. You may need a few strips of tape around where the pop-up flash sticks out over the lens. Be sure to keep any switches such as the AF and vibration control open during all taping.
2. Add Memory & Batteries – The idea behind this system is to not open it until the Holi festival or the color run is done, so you are going to need enough memory and battery life. If you have a double battery bottom put it on now, if not tape a second battery onto the bottom of your camera. Two loops of duct tape should hold it in place. Also, insert the largest memory card you have in your camera’s slot. Make sure it’s a fast card if you plan to do a lot of burst shooting. You should be able to find a safe spot if you want to change the memory cards or stuff, but you also don’t want to miss a shot either.
3. Seal the camera Body – Take a big piece of plastic wrap, preferably a plastic zip lock bag. Cut out the zip area and place the camera inside it, placing the viewfinder at the bottom and keep the bag a little loose so that it fits the buttons appropriately. The bag will slack a little further onto the lens area where you’ll snap a rubber band on it & then duct tape it for security. You can duct tape it all the way to the hood for better security.
Credits: ANGEL DEMIREV
4. Seal the camera Lens – Find a cheap lens hood. A hood will protect the camera lens from getting any of the colors on it, given that the hood adds a little height & weight to the equipment, but that is better than getting your camera damaged and pay a huge amount to get it repaired. You can wrap thick plastic over the lens filter frame and then take a tight, flat rubber band and snap it over the plastic wrap right where the lens filter frame is. This rubber band keeps this plastic wrap in place, and the wrap makes sure that any color particles coming toward the front of the lens won’t be able to make it anywhere near the front element of your lens. It will get the hood dirty but no harm to the real deal.
Credits: BRIAN MANEELY
5. Carry a Lens Pen – Yes, it’s possible that your camera lens will get color on it even after all of the slaving you did getting it holi-proofed. But that’s what lens pens are for, they are not expensive if you buy a really good and long-lasting one, but if you’re going to shoot holi then you need to get a lot of those cheap ones because after using the pen once you won’t be able to use it again as it’ll be all covered in powder or liquid colors, hence, different lens pens for different color situations.
6. Safety First – if you’re still not convinced about the whole plastic wrapping idea then you can go for rain sleeves. You can get those easily on any online shopping site or a camera accessory store. It is used by photographers everywhere when they’re shooting in sand storms or rain forests or underwater (sometimes), etc… you can get hooks attached to those for extra safety of the equipment.
Festivals are a great place to learn and experiment with your photography skills. Don’t lose the chance this Holi on the 13th of March, 2017.
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Happy Clicking & Happy Holi