Monday, March 25, 2013
Drying Out A Damp Camera
The calendar says it's spring, but the snow in my yard disagrees. If Spring ever arrives, I'm guessing it will eventually be followed by summer. And once the really warm weather gets here we photographers will start spending our time in the great outdoors with our cameras. That's also when we really start putting our cameras in harm's way. Maybe not this month, maybe not this year, but eventually the odds are good that we'll drop our camera in a swimming pool, pond, river, ocean or cruise ship toilet. So what do you do when your gear gets wet? Peter Hill has perfected a wet camera resuscitation technique, and he's published his guide at his Redbubble blog. Ultimately it's the same basic technique you may be familiar with for drying out a damp cell phone: remove the battery, don't turn the thing on, use a blow dryer, and submerge it in dry rice for a week. There's also a handy video I found on YouTube that does a pretty good job of illustrating the technique and demonstrating the drying capabilities of rice. It too is worth a look, but for the particulars of pulling off this delicate procedure on a pricey DSLR, check out Mr. Hill's blog. You might want to bookmark it for future reference, too.