Were you all ready to go out with your camera but stopped by the sudden appearance of rain outside the window? Why? You don’t have to be. There is some great photography to be had in the rain—if you’re willing to brave the elements and get out there. I’m learning that.
If you have a “weather sealed” camera and lens, this whole process is easier to do. If not, it’s still possible. I, simply, place my camera and lens in a zip close freezer bag (with a corner cut for the end of the lens to stick through). I use my lens hood to keep as much rain off the front glass as possible. The remainder of my camera and lens stay in the bag. You could also buy a rain cover for your camera, if you prefer. I haven’t gone out in a downpour, but I will go out in the rain.
When I’m done with my gear, I make sure to check it for any moisture before I pack it away. I also use silica gel in my bag to absorb any moisture that may be in my gear. I want to maintain dry conditions for all of my camera equipment.
My point is that you don’t have to be afraid of the rain! You don’t have to put your camera away when you see rain. It may be just the time to pick it your camera and go out for some fun shooting! Just keep yourself and your gear safe and have a wonderful time!
Recently, I went out to take pictures in the coldest conditions so far this season. I was bundled up from head to toe in layers of clothes and still froze! It made me think about my camera gear and what should be done to take care of one’s camera gear in cold weather.
Going from extreme weather changes can be hard on your camera and lenses. It’s important to acclimate your gear to the temperature shifts. One thing you can do is spend some time, if possible at least 30 minutes, outside with your gear enclosed in your camera bag (so it can slowly cool down to the temperature outdoors) perhaps hiking to your photoshoot location. This will prevent moisture from getting into your camera from abrupt environmental changes.
While out in the cold, your battery will drain quickly. It’s important to bring spare batteries if you plan on being outside for any length of time. To keep them from draining, keep your batteries close to your body for the warmth.
When it’s time to leave the shoot location, remove your memory card from your camera, then seal your gear in a freezer bag and zip it into your camera bag. Leave it in there to acclimate back to the warmth of your house. Again, you’ll be avoiding moisture from penetrating the bag. By taking the memory card out before packing away your camera, you’ll have access to your images to work on them in your post-processing software, without disturbing your camera.
Keep yourself and your gear safe this winter but have a wonderful time!
Have you ever gone out to a photoshoot with a preconceived notion of what you wanted to get for your shots? I have. On the day that I took this particular shot, I had planned on a sunset shot. I had the image pictured in my head. I knew exactly what I wanted. BUT circumstances did not cooperate (as often is the case)!
I got there hours and hours before sunset. Sure, I waited. And the beach was crowded with people waiting for the sunset—messing up my planned photograph. There was NO way that my planned landscape picture was going to happen with all the people buzzing around!! I could’ve given up. Thrown in the towel. But no.
Given that I was at my location early, I decided to play! I got out my lensball and played until sunset. I don’t usually take images in the middle of the day, but I used the conditions that I was given. My advice…
You have to be flexible and open about what you’re going to shoot when you go out—otherwise, you may never get any images. Rarely do all the circumstances align so that you get the perfect conditions for a photograph. Relax and have fun. Be prepared to try things that you may not have expected to try. Who knows you may find something you love!
What Is This Page?
Since I love photography and teaching, I thought I would start a Blog page and share how I take my images, what I was thinking and about me.