Rain brings the opportunities for memorable shots that you wouldn’t get otherwise. When it starts to rain, we photographers head out to make good photographs. Shooting in the rain is definitely one of the most challenging yet rewarding.
The rain need not keep you from shooting outdoors. So here is the list of a few safety tips for protecting your camera gears from the rain.
- Cover Your Gear Bag Before Shooting
Before you even grab your camera out of your bag, carry it in something that keeps the water off and out. Many bags come with a rain cover and a spot to stash it. These will help in keeping your gear dry while in transit to a location.
A simple search of Amazon or your local sporting goods store will find you what you need. One step further is to wrap your camera itself in plastic to protect it while inside a bag, especially if you have no outer cover.
- Waterproof Camera Case
Using a waterproof Camera Case is always a better option than using the regular camera and trying to protect it from getting wet. If you are traveling to a place where there are more dust and sand, which is common in the desert areas, then it makes sense to protect your camera with an external waterproof camera case. It’s easy to find a range of protective cases online.
- DIY Rain-Cover
All you need is a plastic bag, a rubber band, and your lens hood. Make sure you’re using a big enough plastic bag that can completely cover the lens and the camera.
First, attach the lens hood. Then drape the bag from the lens down over the camera. Put the rubber band on the lens hood to hold the bag firmly in place. Rip open a hole at the lens, and move the bag back.
On the similar lines, you can use old Raincoat to make a rain sleeve.
- Buy An Actual Rain Sleeve
There are some excellent rain sleeves available online that only costs a few bucks.
- Use An Umbrella
Sometimes the easiest solution is to use an Umbrella, if you are shooting a landscape or are using a tripod; an umbrella is likely the simplest solution
- Shoot From Inside A Car
This is often the best course of action, and sometimes it’s the only practical answer. You can often roll down the window and stay pretty dry.
- Keep Silica Gel Pouch In The Camera Bag
Silica gel is hygroscopic and they are used to capture moister and help keep things dry. Get a couple and keep them in your camera bag. This will also help to keep fungi away from your gears.
- Keep Microfiber Cleaning Cloths
Don’t forget to carry microfiber cloths when heading out for a photo shoot. In case your camera gets wet, even if it’s waterproof, it makes sense to get rid of the water and dirt using the cloth so that you get better focus when shooting an object or place. It’s easy to find a range of microfiber cloths online.