December 17, 2020

Foggy Photos?

Foggy Photos?

If you’re someone who leaves your camera kit in their car overnight, don’t be surprised when you look through the viewfinder and can’t see very much.  

Unsurprisingly, condensation forms on the camera’s interior and the back glass of the lens so that your indoor photos take on the characteristics of a steamy sauna a few minutes after you’ve started shooting and the camera warms up.

Don’t try to wipe the condensation off the lens if that happens, your best bet (apart from not letting the camera get cold in the first place), is to use a hairdryer, or the car’s heater to blow cool air over everything, making sure that you don’t inadvertently scratch the lens or get dust on it.

Believe it or not, camera kit is quite delicate. Apart from creating the ideal conditions for growing a tiny mould garden inside your camera’s chamber, there’s a thin coating on lenses that can deteriorate if exposed to sudden heating and cooling. So, best never to expose your camera to the cold in the first place. Just try to keep it at room temperature and treat it well – or your interiors will end up looking like the photo below – and not even The Doctor could save that!

John Durrant wrote the RICS Property Photography Guidance. He’s been featured in national newspapers and on the BBC talking about property photography/editing etc.

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