Sometimes, photographers will find themselves shooting in extreme weather. While that can be difficult, it can result in great shots. It’s important to know how to protect your gear from the elements, so you can prevent and minimise any unintended problems or glitches with your equipment in the midst of a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot.
If you find yourself facing extreme cold weather, you might notice that your batteries are draining faster than usual. To avoid this, keep your spare batteries warm by storing them in an insulated bag or close to your body. You can also make your batteries last longer by turning off any functions that you do not need such as the rear LCD monitor, flash, or your lens’ Vibration Reduction system. When you are not shooting, turn your camera off.
If you find yourself facing extreme heat, this can also cause damage to your gear and batteries. If you have to shoot under the sun for long periods of time, use an umbrella or shade to help keep both your gear and you cool.
In extremely windy situations, dust, sand, and water might get into your gear. To protect your lens, cover the front element with a filter. It’s also a good idea to shoot from behind a wall or umbrella to help shield you and your gear from the wind. If you are using a tripod, make sure to weigh it down using a bag or something similar. This will prevent your tripod from tipping of falling over.
No matter what situation you are shooting in, it is always best to change your lenses in a bag or protected area to ensure that no debris or dust finds its way into your camera or lens.
By applying all these tips and techniques to protect your gear, you’ll be ready for challenging weather conditions.