Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean it can’t rain. In fact, summer is the rainy season in many parts of the country.
If you’re a photographer, the rain is sometimes good news. Rain makes flowers and plants look good. Rain usually means there’s a lack of direct sunlight. Rain usually means there are cool cloud formations and a chance for spectacular skies when the weather clears.
To be ready for rain, carry the appropriate gear with you in your photo bag. There are several companies that sell official rain covers for cameras. I like the Kata covers. But these aren’t cheap. If your on a budget, consider something as simple as a large plastic bag or an oversized shower cap.
A simple small umbrella can be all the protection you need. You can draft a friend or family member to hold the umbrella over you as you shoot. If you can’t talk someone into helping you with this wet task, you can figure out a way to attach an umbrella to your tripod.
Nationally-known bird photographer Arthur Morris sells a special clamp for just this purpose at his fabulous web site, BirdsAsArt.com.
Finally, carry a small hand towel with you to dry off any excess water that accumulates on your camera or lens. Most modern cameras can tolerate a small amount of water. Some of the professional digital single lens reflex cameras like the Canon 1DS MK III, are water resistant. If you combine common sense with a few of the tools mentioned here, there’s no reason to keep your camera indoors when it’s wet.
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