Saturday, August 15, 2015

Shooting in the Rain (DIY camera rain bag)

I don't think anyone likes to shoot in the rain, but sometimes you have to. When that time arrives, you'll need to take precautions to protect your gear. In very basic rain conditions, I'll just use my Versa-brella, but sometimes a camera rain bag or sleeve is a better idea. As a filmmaker, your camera is the most important piece of gear, so don't let it get wet!

Audio is also a concern. The rapping of even tiny rain drops on or near your microphone can create unusable sound (see the video for an example) and must be addressed as well. The very popular non-lubricated condom can really help here, especially when you need to water-proof your boom mic.

Whatever rain situation your find yourself in, you need to address it. Water can be fatal to your electronic gear, but the good news is that it's pretty inexpensive to repel it.

DIY camera rain bag parts
plastic bag (large enough to fit your entire camera
paper/plastic/styrofoam cup
rubber/hair band

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