How To Weatherproof A Camera!

If you want to take photos during rain or cloudy weather, but your camera is not weatherproof. 

That’s why you will not be able to take pictures in every climate.

I don’t know about you, but I can’t stand the thought of my camera getting ruined by water. 

It’s not only expensive, but it also feels like a huge loss when something so precious to me is damaged. 

So if you have a camera that’s been sitting in your home or office since last year and has gotten dusty or wet from time to time, then this article is for you!

It’s an easy process to make your camera waterproof, dirtproof and to protect it from the elements.

How To Protect Your Camera From Rain

Use A Plastic Bag

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Take an extra plastic bag, put the camera in it, and then close the bag over the opening. 

It should be sealed around the edges to maintain insulation inside. If you can take photos through the bag while it’s still closed, even better! It keeps your camera dry while allowing for usage.

Use A Camera Rain Cover

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Camera rain covers come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

For those who have been using compact models for a while, these might be a little too big for your taste as they may offer more space than needed or cover the screen if not adjusted correctly. You can find more about camera rain covers on Amazon here.

Keep An Umbrella Handy

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An extra umbrella lying around the house can be a tremendous makeshift rain cover if you have a different umbrella.

Ensure to protect the lens area and attach a strap so as not to lose your camera while getting from one place to another!

Just don’t poke anyone’s eyes out with those sharp umbrella tips or let someone push you into the road to get that perfect shot of a speeding taxi.

Invest In Waterproof Camera Housing

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There are many underwater housings available for your DSLR camera. Here’s a link to Amazon, where you can find compact digital cameras that come with waterproof housing.

These are great alternatives for those who want the ability to take photos while swimming or diving but don’t have the budget for an expensive DSLR just yet! I’ve also seen offers for waterproof digital cameras on Amazon that would be great for the kids.

Put A Good Lens Hood On Your Camera

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Lens hoods are great for keeping raindrops off the lens, making it easier to keep your shots steady. It also protects your camera from being hit by other projectiles or objects if you drop something heavy on top of it!

Further proof that you should always store your DSLR inside its original packaging when not in use.

How To Seal Your Camera Against Dirt And Sand

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I do this straightforward process with all my compact cameras when they are not in use. It’s called Desiccant Silica gel and can be found in most craft stores.

  1. Buy a pack of Desiccant Silica gel in the colour of your choice (look for “moisture absorbing” as opposed to “desiccant”). The size should be enough to fill the entire camera bag and comes with many at a low price.

If you have a tight budget, try going to your local craft store and buying just enough for your camera.

 You can put the rest in another container or bag for later use. Don’t worry about the colour as it’s just a matter of aesthetics and doesn’t affect the product’s performance!

  1. Take apart your camera from any lenses or attachments.
  2. Open up all the compartments and place the individual pieces on a plate to avoid losing any parts. 

Please put all your camera buttons, displays, and screen in a separate area to avoid getting lost during the process. If you want, you can also spread everything around your house or office to ensure that you won’t lose any parts.

  1. Pour the silica gel into your camera bag and place everything inside. Shake the bag to make sure all parts are covered by the desiccant so as not to leave any gaps open for humidity or moisture accumulation during storage.
  2. Wait about 2 hours before closing up your camera bag.
  3. Finally, seal up the bag, and you’re done! Remember to keep it inside your camera bag whenever possible to double up protection from dust, moisture and dirt! 

I recommend that you now and then take out all your gear and wipe everything down with a soft cloth or Q-tip to avoid accumulating too much grime.

How To Protect Your Camera To Get Good Photos In Bad Weather

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This is where lens hoods come in. You can find them online or in most gear shops, and they are an excellent investment for the inevitable bad weather conditions while photographing your travels. 

I have one on all of my lenses so as not to worry too much about sandstorms, rain, snow and whatever other bad weather may befall you when on the road.

Know Your Gear

Please remember that every camera is different regarding weather protection; some are better than others for terrible weather conditions. 

It’s essential to know these details ahead of time so you know what gear to pack and where to go to get the best shots.

For example, if you know your camera well enough, consider going somewhere with higher humidity to get the best water effect when photographing waterfalls!

The most important thing is to know your equipment. Try not to let it shake in your hands when taking photos in bad weather and keep shooting despite the challenges you may face. 

The more experience you have in photography, the easier it will be for you to deal with all kinds of weather.

Keeping Camera Gear Safe In Bad Weather

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Be Prepared! The best way to overcome this is to be prepared for anything that nature can throw at you. 

You don’t need to be a professional, but you should know your options and possibilities. If it’s raining, protect your camera and lens with an umbrella or raincoat.

If this often happens in your area, consider investing in weather-resistant equipment such as weatherproof housings for DSLR cameras that can stand up to the worst conditions.

When The Sun Shines - How To Photograph In The Sunshine

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Use a UV filter! A UV filter is the best way to protect your lens from being scratched by sand or any other debris that might be flying around during travels.

It also acts as a protector against dust and moisture, so you don’t have to worry about lenses fogging up in winter weather. 

If you’re using an APS-C or compact system camera for your travels, then consider using a UV filter on the lens itself to protect it during transport!

How To Keep Your DSLR Safe On A Windy Day

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First thing first, make sure that you put your camera back inside its bag before any wind strikes! 

As soon as you feel strong gusts of wind coming your way, pick up your bag and run for cover! If it’s too late to do anything, make sure that you hold your bag as tightly as possible and protect the lens from any dust or debris.

If you need to take a photo in windy conditions, consider using your camera’s timer function so it will have time to stabilize itself before the picture is taken. This way, there’s no risk of a blurry shot!

How To Protect Your Camera From Spray On The Water

First of all, do not ever try to take a photo with spray on your lens! If it’s already there, then wipe it off with a dry cloth. A wet piece of fabric might get moisture inside your lens by accident. 

It is best to get yourself an old pair of sunglasses, wipe the lens with them and let it dry off before putting your camera back in its bag.

FAQ's

What should I do if there's sand in my camera?

This can be pretty tricky. The best thing you can do is take out your lens and use canned air to blow the sand off. If this doesn’t work, follow up using a brush with soft bristles (like an old toothbrush) and carefully try to brush it off.

Don’t use any liquids because this might also get inside your camera and cause even more damages! If sand is stuck on there, you should probably consider taking your camera to a professional who can do the work for you without opening up the inhouse.

What if I want to take pictures while it's raining?

First of all, you need to make sure that your bag is waterproof. If the camera somehow gets wet inside, don’t try taking it out until everything’s dried off. You can use a hairdryer in cold mode to speed up the process.

What if I want to take pictures while it's snowing?

If you’re going somewhere with a lot of snow, make sure your camera is completely protected from the outside. Please don’t open it up until everything’s cleared off and there aren’t any visible traces of moisture or cold. You can use a hairdryer in cold mode to speed up the process.