Photography in the Elements

One of the greatest advantages of photography, and why it is used far more than any other art form to document things, is the medium’s versatile nature. You can (and should- if you are a photojournalist), take the camera with you wherever you go. Action and moments that will never occur again are happening all around you, and to keep your eyes wide open to capturing and remembering these things, you need that camera.

So if you take your camera with you everywhere, as this blog strongly encourages, sooner or later you will find yourself out in the elements with your expensive gear. What do you do? Never just run back to the car with the camera, or stick it in your bag. No! What would be the point of having it? Merely from an artistic standpoint, the rain/snow/sleet/hail transforms and beautifies a landscape like nothing else (beside perhaps late afternoon light). And from a journalistic perspective, you never know what might happen at the scene as soon as you stow the equipment.

So how do you keep your camera dry without missing out on these opportunities? Although I’m not much of a techie and do not subscribe to the notion that the better equipment you have, the better photographs you produce, I do think it is important to have some rain gear for your cameras. Getting water trapped in your camera produces bad photographs and could also ruin the camera. It’s worth it to keep your camera dry and have the peace of mind that you are shooting at your best without endangering your equipment.

Some of the most effective and easiest pieces of rain gear to work with are the cheapest. Shower caps for long lens and ziploc bags for your flash cards are some of the best ways to keep water out. A slightly more expensive solution would be to get a rain poncho for your camera (this sounds weird but they really do work well). Whatever you do, find a way to keep your camera dry in all climes, because the things you’ll document will make the extra few minutes of keeping your camera dry worth it.

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