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Foul weather photography tips

October 31, 2009

It sure has been raining a lot this year. I've been out photographing in the rain several times in the last few weeks and if you know what to do it's not as bad as it sounds.

First thing to do is protect yourself from the weather. Proper clothing will keep you dry and comfortable and will allow you to stay out and photograph longer. Today's high tech rain proof fabrics are great and really help to keep you warm and dry.

Next you need to keep your equipment dry. Water is a big enemy to your camera and protecting your equipment from the elements is very important and fairly easy to do. If your camera is small and you get caught out in the rain you can simply wrap your camera in a Ziploc bag, cut a hole out for the lens and shoot away. If your camera is larger you can tape a shopping bag or trash bag around it and that can work very well. These are very cheap and easy ways to protect your camera and they are easy to store in your camera bag.

If you want to spend a little money, different companies make rain coats or covers that are made for your specific camera model. If you really want to get fancy you may even be able to get a waterproof housing for your camera. These housings will even let you take your camera diving or snorkeling and still protect your valuable equipment.

With the weather getting colder another thing you need to keep in mind is condensation. When you bring a cold camera into a warm room, condensation can form and after a while this can lead to corrosion of the electronics inside the camera and could eventually cause your camera to fail. So, if possible, try not to quickly move your camera from one temperature extreme to another to keep condensation to a minimum.

Another thing about cold weather is that it can really quickly drain your batteries. Keep your camera close to your body to allow your body heat to keep it warm and never leave your camera in the car.

So don't worry about the weather just take a few precautions and you will be fine. Some of my best images have been made in not perfect weather so don't let a little wet weather keep you from making great pictures.

(Brent Kepner is the owner and photographer at Foto 1 Pro Photo in Elkins. He is a Master Photographer as well as a Certified Professional Photographer.)



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