It’s Holi, and there are rogue kids with ninja-like skills wielding water balloons instead of metal stars, with their sights set on you. There’s also probably a battalion of people on the streets armed with powdered colour, willing to toss it around like a grenadier hopped up on too much caffeine.
If you thought you weren’t safe, you have no idea how perilous this could be for your gadgets, but fear not! We have a guide here that should help you get through the day.
We all know how important it is to capture the madness of Holi at all costs. Some photographers we know spend hours layering their gear with plastic and tape seals to ensure no water seeps in, but you’re not a pro. All you have is a point and shoot and it needs to suffice. So here’s what you do to make sure it doesn’t go bad:
In the event of a disaster, for example someone surprising you with a nice cold bucket of water while you were too busy making memories, keep the following in mind.
If you are lucky, the water would not have reached the sensor or the lens assembly. If you are luckier, then it would have just been clear water you got drenched with, not the kind mixed with colours. Particulate matter inside the camera tends to wreak havoc on the electronics inside, causing them to short circuit.
Lucky for us, there happen to be cameras that are built to withstand the abuse that Holi can bring on. There’s the Olympus’s Tough Series (TG-101, TG-201) and the Nikon Coolpix AW100. All these cameras can withstand not only being dunked in water, but can also survive drops from up to 6 feet.
Cell Phone Safety:
These are tricky little things. Cell phones are absolutely essential, as they can be quite handy in the time of a crisis or need, so leaving home without them can be near impossible for most of us. We recommend getting a zip-lock bag or two to always have your phone locked up in. If you thought that your phone doesn’t need protection because it is water resistant, think again. While the colour particles are enough to completely shatter your illusion, there’s also the possibility of accidentally leaving one of the ports unsealed, and we all know how much water loves to seep in through unprotected ports. So, you need to protect your phone and here is how you can do it:
In the event that your phone does encounter an unfortunate event of getting soaked, follow these steps to increase the chances of it surviving:
Getting your electronics soaked is almost always a one-way street for your gadget. Ideally, we recommend leaving them all at home and not touching them till the colour carnage is over, but if you must insist, follow our tips above to have an enjoyable, destruction free Holi!