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Weatherproofing Your Camera

Sunday, February 8th, 2009 by | Filed Under: Digital Photography

Weatherproofing Your Camera

Weather plays a big part in your day when you’re out taking pictures. Because of that, it helps if you weatherproof your camera. If you’re using a camera that has an extended lens and accepts filter lenses, this tip should definitely help to ensure that weather doesn’t come between you and the scene you’re trying to capture!

Tools Required

One plastic bag, one rubber band and an ultraviolet (UV) filter. Note: In the screenshots below, the UV filter is already mounted on the camera lens, which is why you won’t see the lens separately.

Step 1:

Mount the UV filter on your camera’s lens. Once that’s done, cut a hole in the plastic bag and smuggle the camera inside it in such a way that the camera lens sticks out of the hole. That means, the entire camera is hidden inside the plastic bag, except for the camera lens sticking out.

Step 2:

Wrap a rubber band around the UV filter in such a way that the plastic bag is pinched against it. That’s to ensure grip and to prevent the plastic from covering the lens when a picture is being taken.

Step 3:

Your camera is now weatherproofed! All you need to do is practice, practice, practice. After all, unlike before, you now need to put your hand inside the plastic bag and operate the camera. That might take some getting used to, but the trade off is great: your expensive equipment is saved from the rain and snow and you’ll come away with some great shots!

And Finally…

Sometimes the wind can be overwhelming. That’s particularly true when you’re in the great outdoors and shooting landscapes. In such circumstances, you just need another inexpensive rubber band to close the hole in the bag. The rest remains the same. Simply continue to operate the camera through the plastic bag and you’ll have all-weather gear that’s inexpensive as well.

However, if you have the money, another way to protect your shooting gear is to buy a rain hood for your camera. Or, if you’re not ready to invest in a rain hood, you could also try wrapping a towel around your camera to keep the rain or snow away. Either way, I wish you happy shooting!

~ Zahid H. Javali

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