Taking pictures out in the rain can be quite difficult and requires a considerable amount of skill and effort. Rain makes things even more difficult, even though it adds an element of beauty and challenge to your photographs. It can be very exciting to take pictures of wildlife and landscapes in the rain because the resultant pictures are often unique in their own way. Unfortunately, if your camera isn’t fully weather-sealed, rain can also damage your sensitive camera equipment and render it useless. I recommend that you consider the following tips to ensure your equipment is safe and dry.
#1 Protect Yourself First
Before you purchase products that will help you protect your camera, get some waterproof clothing to protect yourself from the rain. There are many manufacturers that provide clothes specifically designed for nature photographers. This rain gear (such as breathable Gortex) can be a little pricey but its worth the splurge, as it keeps you warm and comfortable.
#2 Rain Sleeves
Rain sleeves are simple and effective. Most of these sleeves come in universal sizes so they are able to accommodate lenses of all size. The rain sleeve closes around the viewfinder and has drawstrings to ensure that the sleeve protects the camera from the rain.
#3 Storm Jacket Cover
Portability is always a big concern for wildlife/landscape photographers because they can’t always lug around heavy rain gear. The storm jacket cover is an ideal solution for that because it can fit into a small-sized holder and is made from water-repellent fabric. You can remove this from the small case and place it on your camera in no time, which ensures that your camera isn’t exposed to moisture for too long.
#4 Carry Cleaning Equipment
It’s important to remove any moisture from your camera equipment as quickly as you can. A good cleaning kit will help you remove any drops of water or excess moisture from the surface quickly. Moisture can ruin the picture quality, especially if it’s present in and around the lens. Use the soft cloth from the kit to wipe off the moisture and drops of rain during your shoot.
#5 Keep an Eye on the Weather Conditions
Moisture and water has a way of seeping through the cracks and crevasses so sometimes the rain jackets/sleeves and umbrellas just aren’t enough. You should keep an eye on the weather report to determine to know what kind of conditions you can expect during your shoot. If the weather report warns of heavy showers or storms, it would be a good idea to stay indoors and cancel the day’s excursion. No amount of protection and rain gear will keep your camera completely moisture-free during a heavy rainstorm, so it’s better to be safe than sorry in this case!
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