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Caring for Your Photographic Equipment in Hot Weather

Caring for Your Photographic Equipment in Hot Weather

Recent climate trends throughout the United Kingdom seem to indicate that we are set to endure hotter and drier summers when compared to the past. While this may be physically inconvenient at times, these very same conditions can wreak havoc upon sensitive photographic equipment. If the proper precautionary steps are not taken, you might even be forced to pay hundreds (or thousands) of pounds in damages that could have otherwise been avoided. Let us examine some expert tips and recommendations in order to guarantee that nothing is left to chance.


During warmer conditions, store your camera and any associated equipment within an ergonomically sealed container. This will protect sensitive elements from humidity as well as particulate matter such as dust. When possible, your equipment should also be placed within an air conditioned environment between uses (1).

Keeping the Camera Cool

Increased temperatures can cause certain portions of a camera to expand faster than others. This is particularly the case when referring to nearby objects such as lenses and lens housings. There are times when such rates of expansion may actually cause physical damage to the camera. So, keeping cool is a top priority. Trying to remain in the shade is arguably the easiest method. Others may instead cool a towel with an ice pack before draping it over the camera if they will be shooting in sunny conditions. However, make certain that no condensation forms. This could lead to issues with functionality.

Pay Attention to Specific Elements

Some parts of a camera are much more susceptible to the heat (and therefore more likely to become damaged) than others. Examples include (2):

  • Image sensors
  • Lenses
  • Film

Keep a close eye on performance metrics and if the camera seems to be functioning improperly, immediately cease shooting and retire to a cooler environment.

Patience Goes a Long Way

The majority of experts also agree that cameras will need to acclimate to extremely hot conditions. Therefore, allow time for the unit to adjust (approximately 30 minutes) before taking any photographs. While modern cameras are extremely durable, they are still quite sensitive pieces of equipment.

Do you want to learn even more tips and tricks for taking photographs when the mercury begins to rise? Please take a moment to contact Jonathan at Piers Photography. He will be more than happy to help.