Just a few weeks ago, I was given the awesome task of photographing students during our first snowstorm for UWO’s student newspaper, the Advance-Titan. When I was first given this assignment, I was actually excited to get photos– that is, until I realized that the snowflakes falling were the size of my hand and were coming down at what felt like 20 miles per hour. After literally 2 minutes of taking photos I had to head inside to avoid completely drenching my camera. I did a little brainstorming and finally decided that I could make a temporary cover out of a shopping bag. It wasn’t most stylish accessory, but it worked. This got me thinking about how important it is to protect my camera gear. I started doing some research and found that there are tons of things I can do to protect my camera from the elements. Here are some of my favorites:
Rain/snow bags: NatureScapes.net sells rain sleeves for $5.99. I have not tried these, but they seem to be a good investment for photographers who like to take photos outside. If you are caught in the rain or don’t want to buy a rain sleeve, you could also make one like I did. I simply just cut a hole out of a zip lock bag for my lens.
Filters: Filters are a great way to improve the quality of your pictures, but they can also serve as protection for your camera’s lens. Purchasing a simple UV lens filter is a great way to increase clarity and protect your lens. Most camera stores sell them for about $10. Here is an example of one that Best Buy carries.
Rubber lens hood: These are great for blocking out unwanted light, but they can also serve as a protector for your camera lens. These are also reasonably priced at about $15 at Best Buy.
Here are some of the weather photos I took for the Advance-Titan! Please share your tips and photos with me 🙂