DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera

    | Photography Tips | 18/10/2012 02:00am
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    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.

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 1

    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.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 2

    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.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 3

    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.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 4

    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.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 5

    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.

     

    DIY Photography Hacks: make a cheap rain cover for your camera - Step 6

    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.

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    Posted on Thursday, October 18th, 2012 at 2:00 am under Photography Tips.

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