All-weather shooting tips

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PREVENT CONDENSATION INSIDE THE CAMERA BODY

These little moisture-absorbing packs (you’ve all seen them in new shoe boxes) can make all the difference when transporting the camera between dramatically different environments. Most camping supply and shoe stores are more than happy to hand you bags of this stuff for free. Put a few inside the camera case and keep the rest in a cool, dry place. Rotate the ones in the case every so often for maximum effect. I used this technique to take my camera safely from the warm, wet Amazon to the cold, high Andes and it worked like a charm.

IF YOU’VE JUST COME IN FROM THE COLD, AVOID CHANGING THE LENS


Opening the camera can cause moisture to condense on your mirror and inside the camera body – while you can wipe this off with a soft, lint free cloth I recommend just leaving the lens on and packing the camera in your case for a while (see point #1) until it acclimatizes to the new temperature.

BATTERIES CAN DRAIN FASTER IN THE COLD

Buy yourself an extra battery if you’re planning on taking the camera out for extended periods of shooting in the cold. Lithium batteries seem to be the best for cold weather performance, but still typically last a much shorter time than they do when kept at room temperature, and if your camera has any type of living viewing function on the LCD expect that time to be cut down even farther.

KEEP A LINT-FREE CLOTH IN YOUR CASE


Use this (it’s tempting to use tissue paper but don’t do it!) to wipe down the front of your lenses when moisture collects on them.

GET A CAMERA CASE WITH A PULL-OUT RAIN HOODIE


A little ‘rain coat” just for the camera case is extremely useful when visiting tropical countries. Many camera case manufacturers (Lowerpro makes great ones, http://www.lowepro.com/)  build in a zippered pouch that contains the ‘hoodie’ for quick deployment in case of rain.

I hope this has been helpful for all-weather shooters out there, please send me some feedback and let me know!


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~ by The Blue Brick on February 3, 2009.

2 Responses to “All-weather shooting tips”

  1. Cool tips ;). I usually leave my camera in the backpack and let it warm up throughout several hours before I take it out. I once had condensation in a lens which is just as bad as it can grow fungy and get permanently foggy. That was in a humid environment and there wasn’t much I could do about it.

  2. I am dropping by the shoe store on my way home… You lovely toxic bags of happiness 🙂
    I have a Lowpro and the hoodie has been deployed quickly on a few occasions.

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