Like any piece of electronics, water is not a friend of your digital camera … unless it is specifically designed for water use .
With an ideal camera in rainy weather, you have additional problems that can depend on your lens and ruin your photos.
However, because it is raining, it is not necessarily that you should cancel your photography session.
Wet camera tips
- Always carry a few dry cloths with you, especially a type of cloth that can clean all parts of the camera , keep clothes with lenses and LCD in a sealed plastic bag when they are not used to keep them dry.
- Do not use a T-shirt or your jeans to try to dry the camera lens. To make sure you are going to keep the lens upright, you must use a microfiber cloth specifically designed to safely clean the lenses.
- Put it easily in a few toilets, also, you can press on the camera between shots. Although these towels will get wet, you can provide at least one protection even when you are using the camera.
- Make sure you have an all weather camera bag, or you are wearing all weather clothing. You can at least keep the camera dry and safe (under the bag or under your clothes) when you don’t use it.
- Avoid relying on an umbrella to keep your equipment dry. Unless you are confident you can draw photos of monotonous days together – which is not recommended with any camera but a tiny dot and shoot model – it is impossible to hold an umbrella trying to shoot with both hands. In addition, if the weather is stormy, the umbrella will not prevent rain from falling and hitting the camera.
- If you can shoot from under a covered roof or other type of permanent shelter, it may not get the image you want, but you will stay dry. Again, wind blowing rain can destroy this strategy.
- You can try to keep it a bit dry in a plastic bag or tile drape on top of the camera. If possible, attach the hood to a lens to protect the lens from rain, depending on the camera model.
- Finally, if you’re focusing on keeping your equipment dry, you may forget a key element of shooting in the rain: on a cloudy, rainy day, the outdoor lighting is much less than usual. By providing less light, your camera may have to shoot at a slow shutter speed, which is a good idea to have a three-dimensional available .
- You can bring some external lighting, you can provide extra lights. With these lights, you may also be able to shoot a picture with rain falling, which can be a really interesting shot