We have a holiday parade this Saturday. It's 100% outdoors..
Most parades are..
All week long the weatherman has been forecasting rain for that day.According to them it's going to be a light rain. But I can't assumethat. A storm front is definitely headed my way. It was cloudy allday today and by tomorrow I strongly suspect that it'll be raining.On the day of the parade it might rain heavy, light, or somewhereinbetween. Either way it's probrably going to rain on parade day andI should expect the worst..
I have a Canon A710 pocket camera and a Nikon D50 SLR I use. So I canuse either one or both. I've never taken pictures in the rain before.Never. I am new to this. Please help. The holiday parade is a festiveevent that in dry weather offers ample photo oppurtunities..
Is there some type of special covering they make for cameras forshooting in the rain that the pros use? Or should I forget aboutusing a digital camera in wet weather? What do you think?.
There are several issues:.
1. Protection for the camera(s)?2. How to keep water drops off the lens front element?3. How to keep the photographer dry?.
There are protective covers for cameras and lenses. They are usually simple clear vinyl thingies that keep everything dry...sortof. There are also the expensive underwater (scuba) cases. But if there is not blowing rain, a simple umbrella works. I have stood in a drizzle all data to photograph auto races. It helsp to have a stand or clamp to support the umbrella!.
The unbrella also solves all 3 issues... .
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Oh I'm so from outta space!.
Why didn't I think of an umbrella? But I have to tell ya, I move quick and and I move fast when I shoot in the street. It's not my style to stay in one spot. Not at all..
I shoot a few frames and then I git. Sometimes I even climb on top of garbage cans and electrical boxes. While other times I'll be laying on my back. So...an umbrella is something I'll have to consider, yes. But an umbrella appears to be a bit restrictive. I'm hoping that there might be another option, a better option. Yes? Maybe? Hmm, probrably not.....
How about a one-time-use film camera?.
The quality on those will probably be pretty terrible compared to that of a film or digital camera that has real exposure controls. On the other hand, if I lost a $10 disposable to the rain, it wouldn't be nearly as upsetting as losing a prized D50.....
The one time I used a camera in the rain ( small p&s, Nikon 775 , It was Halloween night (2002 ) .... I got a few good shots, but the camera was wrecked......AFTER I DROPPED IT ! Moisture makes for a slippery camera..
I am planning to be in Paris for 6 days in late January..... Odds are , I will be doing some "shooting " in the rain (and cold). I'll be using an ultra compact Canon SD700IS..... right now, I'm just figuring on bringing along a see-thru zip-lock plastic bag to protect the camera. ( probably do lots of interiors,too...churches, museums etc )... Tomorrow rain is expected in my area.
One recommendation: Cut back on the gymnastics and and settle for some more traditonal shots of the parade.....not worth injuring yourself or ruining your camera. Also, .... emphasize close-ups and details...with minimum grey cloudy sky..
Heres the solution:http://www.umbrellahat.net/.
Seriously, I hope you manage somehow..
It's too late now, but for the next parade or the next time you want to shoot in the rain, try the Fotosharp Rain Cover. Cheap, long lasting, easy to use, crumples small enough for pocket or purse..