• Axel Melkonian

Updated: Apr 20

We all like gear. We all like buying new gear. But do we all store our gear correctly?


In this blog I'd like to run through how I store my camera gear and lenses.



This is my method, It's not the only way to do it, nor am I saying it's the way you should do it. I just thought I'd share some of my best practices with you.


EDIT: * April 2020 *


A little after writing this post in December 2019, I actually decided to upgrade my camera/lens storage solution.


As I live in a very hot and humid country, and given the investment in gear that I have made...I thought it only logical to properly invest in keeping it well kept.


So with that said I upgraded to a dry cabinet. I did a lot of research and after quite a bit of reading, decided to go with a brand called 'Ruggard'. They make different size dry cabinets for different gear storage requirements.


A dry cabinet is a humidity controlled cabinet where you are able to regulate and control the humidity level inside it. Mine is set to 38% humidity most of the time.


You can see a picture below.





Original Post: How you store your gear will vary depending predominantly on the climate and environment you keep it in.


As a basic rule of thumb though, always try to keep your gear in a dry, not too cold or not too hot climate away from direct sunlight. A cool, dry cupboard does the trick well enough.



When storing gear for longer periods of time, it's always a good idea to take batteries out of your camera bodies and store them separately.


Keeping your gear clean is something that should be done regularly after each shoot/use so that harmful elements such as dirt/sand and fungus don't accumulate on your precious lenses and cameras.


One of the main things to avoid when storing your gear, is exposing them to high humidity as this can encourage growth of bacteria and fungus inside your lenses and camera bodies. In worst case scenarios this could seriously damage your gear and cause you to loose a lot of money.


If you know you'll be storing your items for a while, it's best to keep them inside a de-humidifying cabinet if your able to afford and buy one but if not, you can make your own DIY home-made versions too.


Below I'll show you how I've made mine with some basic items like air tight sealed plastic containers and some silica gel (moisture absorbent sachets).


First of all, order some Silica Gel Sachets from somewhere like Amazon. I bought two bags of 100 pieces for about $20.00.



Next, take an air tight (this is important) seal-able food container which is the right size for your needs, and line it with some anti-slip foam.



Then underneath this foam, place load of the Silica Gel Sachets. The foam has holes in it to allow the silica gel to be effective.


In each of your lens bags, please 1-2 silica gel sachets and then place the lenses face down into the container.



Throw in a few more sachets for good measure and close the lid. Make sure the lid is on properly so that the contents are air-tight.



You can also add silica gel sachets to your camera bags and storage pouches. This will help keep your items dry and moisture free when traveling and during shoots.


I hope this helps guide a few more people in the right direction when it comes to storing camera gear.


We tend to spend a lot of money on our cameras and lenses, if we don't look after them properly though and get damaged or fall foul of mold and mildew it would be a real shame.


If you have any questions on gear care, please just send me a DM on Instagram (@axel.melkonian) or via the contact form or comments section on this site and I'd be happy to get back to you.


Until next time!


-Axel.


  • Axel Melkonian

Updated: Oct 7, 2019

GAS. We all have it, but how do YOU handle it?


Now, when I say GAS, I don't mean the type that your probably thinking of!


What I'm talking about is 'Gear Acquisition Syndrome'.



Lot's of lovely images of gear by a myriad of photographers. We all collect gear, we all have GAS.


Let's face it, everyone loves to purchase new gear. Whether it's a new lens, a new camera body, or studio lights and strobes - the feeling of spending money and buying new stuff is always great.


The question I want to ask though, is how often do we really need to do it?


So many of these purchases are done purely from a consumer society compulsion of feeling like we NEED that new item when in reality we probably don't...


Do we really use all of our gear to it's max potential, or do we just like that rush of excitement when we go out and buy something?


I have a lovely D850. It's a fantastic piece of gear and one that I don't use to it's max. Yet I have this strong urge to go out and buy a Nikon Z6.


I'd love to have a second camera body but I don't think I can really justify it or even really need it for what I do. It's an insane feeling but given consumerism it's still there.


Let me know your thoughts on GAS. How do you handle it, what was your last purchase?


  • Axel Melkonian

So here I am, writing my first blog post after my lovely intro post that i put up a couple of weeks ago.


Basically from this post on, I now aim to hit my one write up per week, which given my current work/life balance will be very hard. I'm currently working a ten hour day followed by roughly four hours of commuting on top of that...it's not easy.


This of course leaves me exhausted when I get back each day, and when combined with eight hours of sleep, only gives me two hours of "me" time per day.


Having said that though, I was still able to shoot a bit on my last day off.


My wife kindly acted as my beautiful model for the session, as I continue to learn how to use my studio strobes.


I tried to go for a three light setup and in the process learned a few cool tips. Some of these included how to really use my light's remote control properly, so I can adjust the settings without having to go over to each light every time, as well as learning more about how to custom set my light meter. Sounds simple, but the instructions are pretty vague out the box!


If anyone is interested, I'm shooting using a Nikon system for my camera and lens.


Specifically i shoot on a Nikon D850 full frame camera, with which I use with the lenses below;


- The 85mm f/1.8G. I purchased this mainly for everyday portrait work as well as for shots in low light.


- The 24-120mm f/4 ED VR. This is a great do everything travel lens. If I were to replace or upgrade this at a later point it would be for the 24-70mm. Although truth be told, this zoom range really is great if you just want to have one lens in your camera bag whilst traveling.


- The 14-24mm f/2.8G ED. This is predominantly for landscapes/city-scapes.


- The new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. I purchased this after a lot of thought, as it's such a great all round lens for landscapes doing close detail shots as well as being an excellent portrait lens. Very expensive, but sharp as hell and super quick to lock focus.


As for my lights, I decided to invest into the Interfit Photographic system. I own four of their strobes;


- x3 Interfit Honey Badgers


- x1Interfit Badger Unleashed


These are great, small, light weight yet powerful strobes. So far, for my home studio they have been more than enough for what I need to shoot. In fact, four of them are probably over kill for the space - more on that in another post!


I seem to have gone off on a little tangent here with my gear list, so back on point to the photos.


Here is are a shot from the shoot the other day.


I'm still learning how to use strobes but even with that said, I'm quite happy with how this turned out.


Let me know what you think! d(^_^)b