If you are like me you don’t let the inclement weather stop you from shooting outdoors. After all, how often do you have a chance to create drama with dark stormy clouds in the sky.
I shot this image during the peak monsoon season in Goa. While during the winters Old Goa is packed to the rafters with tourists, visiting during the rains gives you both access and perspective hard to find with people around.
Monsoons, humid weather or for that matter even if you keep moving your gear from air conditioned environments into the hot sunlight your camera and lenses are susceptible to condensation. Water in any form is bad for your gear. (Duh!) So what do you do to keep all those expensive electronics dry and still manage to get some brilliant images?
Carry An Umbrella
Simple, compact and can be bought almost anywhere. If you are thinking that it sounds too obvious a solution to be listed, think again. I have come across several photographers running for shelter at the slightest hint of rain because they couldn’t be bothered to carry any waterproof cover.
Rain Proof Bag Covers
Most camera bags come with them. If yours didn’t, most adventure gear stores stock them. Don’t be cheap. The rain cover on my Lowepro has kept my bag dry through some torrential downpours. Can’t of course say the same for me. The rain cover on my Kata Bumblebee is yet untested.
DSLR Rain Covers
There is a lot of protection available for DSLRs especially when it comes to rain. Available in most camera stores and pretty much everywhere online. I would still want my umbrella with me though.
You get them in packets. You have probably seem them in the original packaging for your camera and lenses. They are also available online and one of simplest way to keep moisture out of your camera bag or any other storage place for your gear. Silica gels are desiccant. They absorb moisture and need to be replaced regularly.
There is another option of a dry cabinet for those who want to shell out that kind of money but given what your gear costs, it’s not a bad investment.
Moisture is your gear’s worst enemy. It leads to fungal growth on lenses and an obvious quality and sharpness loss. Your brand’s camera repair store can usually clean it out for you but it’s a tough call when you handover something as expensive as a 70-200 f/2.8 to be opened up. Personally, with precision equipment, prevention is definitely better than a cure.