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    6 ways to keep shooting when it rains

    | Photography Tips | 17/07/2012 06:00am
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    Just because it’s wet outside, your photography doesn’t have to suffer. In the past a driving rain may have meant having to pack away your camera. But improved weather-proofing of digital cameras and a wide range of accessories on the market means you have a number of options for getting great pictures in the rain. These quick camera tips show you how to stay productive when the weather is working against you.

    6 ways to keep shooting when it rains

    Tip 1: Save your plastic bags
    Keep your equipment dry. Plastic bags can be used if you don’t have a dedicated rain cover – they’re also handy for placing your camera bag on to stop water seeping through.

    Tip 2: Clamp your umbrella
    Umbrellas can be awkward to hold, but placing the handle between your back and backpack can work and leaves both hands free. Another option is to buy a clamp for your tripod.

    Tip 3: Lens hood
    Fit a lens hood to keep any light rain off the front of the lens.

    Tip 4: Dress for the weather
    Wear protective clothing to maximise your shooting time in wet and windy weather, and consider investing in some waterproof trousers – there’s nothing worse than walking around in jeans that are wet through.

    Tip 5: Use a high ISO
    If you don’t have a ‘fast’ professional lens, you’ll need to work with your camera’s ISO ratings when shooting in bad weather conditions – you’re likely to be working at ISO 400 and above (find out when you should increase your ISO).

    Tip 6: Stand on one leg
    Consider taking a monopod if you don’t want the hassle of setting up a tripod in the pouring rain (see our guide to How to use a monopod).

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    Posted on Tuesday, July 17th, 2012 at 6:00 am under Photography Tips.

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