Rain / Wet Weather Tips

December 21, 2003 tips & tricks

Wrap that Rascal (Part 2)
From: Howard Grace

With the rash of hurricane scares here lately, I needed a surefire way to waterproof my stick mike, I used an idea I got here on B-Roll and took it a step further… I got a fresh trash bag, and after removing the windscreen, i pulled a small piece of the plastic bag over the top of the mike… pull it taught, and secured it to the Mike with Gaffers tape… It worked perfectly with very little loss of overall sound, and it kept the microphone good-n-dry. Another tip I’ve found very useful lately with these florida sunsets, is the white balance tips for colorful sunsets. Thanks guys for your input. you’re making us all better photogs every day.

Heat it Up!
From: Jazz Sanghera

If you don’t have a hair dryer in you vehicle to dry your lens, try turning the heat on in the truck and blast the lens. I have tried this and it works if you are out in nowhere land and stuck for a solution.

Staying Dry
from Geoffrey Nelson:
For intense rain, try using a garbage bag and gaffer tape. Cut the plastic bag into long strips and place them over any and all connections on your camera. If you have a BVV-5 deck for example, try putting plastic where the camera and deck meet. Wrap the viewfinder completely…cover all cracks and seams. Make sure you tape the strips down and on the smallest cracks, just use gaff tape. Make sure you finish the job with a sturdy rain cover. I have no idea if this has a negative effect on the heating and cooling of the camera but it has never steered me wrong, and I shoot in Seattle. I have no remedies for inner-camera moisture. Wait, yes I do…edit the rest of your shift. Good luck and good shooting!

Rain, Rain Go Away
from Wayne Pellenberg
In foul weather, I’ve been getting great results from “Rain X”. It’s the stuff made for auto windshields. I coat my UV filter with it, and the rain just rolls right off!!! It also seems to prevent fogging as well. “Rain X” is availlable at most auto parts stores. Buy the big bottle because you’ll need to re-coat your lens about once a month.

Feelin’ Foggy
from: Adrian Mosby (WCHS-WVAH Charleston WV)

Take your light off the top of your camera and point it into lens. Close Iris. Add power to light. Bake untill clear. Serve. If you dont want to melt you lens hood or damage lens coatings don’t put bigger lights real close. Watch your fingers, lights get hot, on second thought a frezzi mini fill is best for this, but you always have that right?

By the way I tried this in about 4 feet of space in an abandoned/partily colapsed mine shaft and didn’t realy have time to say, “wait guys I need to go back out and wipe off the lens it’s warmer in here than out side”. Pulled light off heated dvc kid up and 2 min later I was back in Buisness.

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