In the latest installment of our DIY Photography Hacks series, we show you how to make a cheap rain cover from a simple plastic bag.
Keeping your camera in perfect working order is a top priority, especially in poor weather conditions. There are situations when an umbrella just isn’t practical and you need to be exposed to the elements, so you’ll want to keep your gear as dry as you possibly can.
Purpose-made rain covers can be incredibly expensive, especially if you only end up using them once or twice a year. Making an effective rain cover that really works and won’t cost you a penny is the perfect solution to get around this.
01 In the bag
Get hold of a clear plastic bag. Take off your lens hood and slot the bag over your camera and lens so that the centre of the bag sits on top of the end of the lens, making sure the bag covers your camera.
02 Score the hole
Pull the plastic bag tightly over your lens and secure it with elastic bands. Using your thumbnail, carefully score around the outside edge of your filter on the end of the lens to cut out the shape.
03 Eye for an eye
Repeat the same process around the eyepiece by removing the ring, rubber or plastic section if you have one. If your SLR doesn’t have a removable eyepiece, use some gaffa tape to stick the bag around it.
04 Bound and bagged
Replace the eyepiece and make sure it’s sealed properly. Fit your lens hood making sure the bag sits between the hood and lens body. For extra security wrap an elastic band on the lens barrel near the hood.
05 Plastic fantastic
You should be able to keep your hands on the outside of the bag and still shoot effectively. Zooming isn’t a problem either, because there will be enough slack in the bag to fully twist your zoom ring.
06 High and dry
The rain cover is really effective, even in downpours, so whether you’re out on the mean streets or up a mountain, you can be confident that your camera is dry, leaving you to concentrate on creativity.