For most of the photographers of the world, we are approaching the worst time of the year for storms and bad weather. Although, we also have to realize that this is also some of the best photo opportunities there are for taking photos. Whether it is rain, or snow or wind, or whatever type of bad weather, it is the perfect time to brave the weather and take some of the most unique photos ever. Let’s take a look at some of the things you need to do this time of seasonal stormy weather to A- protect your equipment, and B- be ready to get the most fantastic photos ever.
But, how long can you be out in the cold before the camera starts to malfunction? That will depend on your camera. One thing that is good to do, and this I have heard from reliable outdoor photographers, is to keep a spare set of batteries in your pocket. Your body is warm, but, you probably should change the cold batteries to the warm batteries, back in the car.
That person won’t do that for long, because that person gets wet and you don’t. What’s the fun in that? What is their reward? The best thing to do is to get some protective gear for your camera from the local camera store. Yes, they actually make such stuff. Most camera stores sell cheap rain covers that only cost a few dollars and wearing a poncho will keep you and your camera bag dry. These highly packable items will become your best friend when you’re photographing in the rain. While there are many rain covers out there, I like the Op/Tech USA rain sleeve for its simplicity and ease of use. DIY trick: If you forget to bring one and can’t find a camera store where you are, improvise by wrapping a Ziploc bag around your camera (secure it with rubber bands) and poking a hole for the lens. Trash bags double as ponchos, too.
B- The one thing I do, and I enjoy doing is have a good, and I mean a good quality waterproof camera. Almost every camera manufacture makes a good waterproof camera. Why would I suggest such a thing? Because a waterproof camera from a camera manufacture means that they invested into a good lens on that camera. They usually have some actual settings for the camera too for the conditions you might be in. So, this is a good choice in my book. Get wet, get the camera wet. Who cares. The one I currently use is one from Pentax. It is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof, and has given me years of great photos. I have seen other manufactures make some good ones, but, the Pentax is a generation or two ahead of the others, I feel.
Whatever the case is, there are many opportunities to take photos is bad weather. Just look around and see the good…… in the bad. If it gets real bad, such as hurricanes or tornadoes, or cyclones, if you are brave enough to be out in that kind of weather, be aware that your photos may be very valuable to the press. Although, your life is the first and most important. And it’s really hard to be thinking of taking photos when your life is at stake. So, please don’t be crazy about that kind of photography unless you know your are safe and can take photos.
Article written by: Lanny Cottrell for 123photogo