CAMERA CARE WHEN RAINING
21/11/09CAMERA CARE WHEN RAINING
Okay, it's raining. Does that stop you taking photographs? Not at all. Some scenes especially those coastal, are dramatic in the rain but you've got to be pragmatic about it. Most modern cameras are pretty good at containing the weather but obviously some are better than others.
One of the reasons that cameras designed for professionals are so expensive, is that they have numerous seals on anything that moves or opens to prevent ingress of water. Pro lenses also have additional seals for the same reason.
So, it's raining what should you do to your camera, or rather not do. If you have droplets of water sitting above a button then don't press the button. If you do, that will inevitably just open the tap so to speak and the water droplet will drain nice and easy into your camera. Similarly, for water around a dial or battery door for instance, don't move the dial or open the door. Also don't blow the water off as you may well blow the water into the camera.
To get rid of the water, I use a chamois leather. A gentle wipe or dab should soak up the lying water and allow you to continue shooting.
You can buy specially designed waterproof covers for your camera, or you can carry a carrier bag and some elastic bands and use that set up to keep the worst of the rain off.
If you are using a tripod, then an umbrella is useful for keeping the rain off whilst still enabling you to alter the camera controls, albeit one handed. You could of course take an assistant, partner, lover (or both), along to hold the umbrella for you.
Once you have finished shooting and you are back in your cosy car, don’t put your camera away in the Lowepro rucksack as the moisture will stay there. Instead, take the camera and lens out, take any covers off, extend the lens if it is extendable, wipe off any excess water and turn the air conditioning on if your car has it. This should remove any further moisture. I said this after a particularly wet workshop in Jersey earlier this year. Two guests contacted me later to say that although the advice worked, they were frozen with the air conditioning on. I pointed out that the air conditioning still works with the temperature set to warm instead of cold! They didn’t think of that – hay ho. Once home, again don’t pack your kit away if it’s damp but let it dry naturally. Don’t put it on a radiator for example.
To sum up, be pragmatic and rain shouldn’t stop you taking photographs.
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