Some of the loveliest outdoor weddings take place during the fall/winter or at the beach. However, these types of weddings can be a source of anxiety for wedding photographers who need to keep the elements off their cameras and lenses. Here are 10 outdoor photography tips for staying ahead of the snow, rain, sand, and wind in order to protect your equipment.
BorrowLenses.com’s 10 Tips for Protecting Your Photography Gear During Outdoor Weddings:
Outdoor Photography Tip #1 – Pack Spare Batteries: Cold weather can zap the power out of batteries. Keep them in your pockets or held warmly in your hands for use when needed.
Outdoor Photography Tip #2 – Turn Off Unessential Features: Save battery power by turning off energy-consuming features like auto preview on your camera or auto focus on your lens.
Outdoor Photography Tip #3 – Use Silica Packets: Keep silica gel/desiccant packets in your gear bags. Recycle these from your own product packages you get from stores/in the mail. They will help absorb extra moisture that may develop in humid or wet climates. Rice works well, too.
Outdoor Photography Tip #4 – Use a Rain Shield: Consider picking up a rain shield to cover your camera body and lens. They are very lightweight and good to have on-hand for emergencies. Plastic works in a pinch.
Outdoor Photography Tip #5 – Use a UV Filter: Protecting the front lens element on your lens with more disposable glass can invite unwanted elements into your image, such as ghosting and lens flare, but simple UV filters can be a life saver at the beach. You don’t want sand skipping across the front element of your lens directly.
Outdoor Photography Tip #6 – Don’t Switch Lenses/Cards: Avoid changing out your lens or memory card when outside, especially in sandy areas. Considering bring multiple cameras instead or switch in a calm, indoor environment.
Outdoor Photography Tip #7 – Use a Housing Unit: An underwater housing unit or sound blimp is a bit overkill for most situations and they are pricey and bulky but if you are in extreme conditions, they certainly can protect your equipment from the elements!
Outdoor Photography Tip #8 – Put a Weight On It: Never trust the wind – it is a formidable foe to even the toughest tripods and light stands and sometimes it comes out of nowhere. Pick up some ankle weights from an athletics shop, sandbags, or just plain rucksacks with rocks and attach them to everything that could fall over.
Outdoor Photography Tip #9 – Use Bags with Rain Covers: An umbrella, trash bag, or rain jacket works, too, but a bag with an official rain cover attached is a very safe option.
Outdoor Photography Tip #10 – Use Your Hood: Most lenses comes with hoods and, even if you don’t need it, it is a best practice to use it. The hood will sometimes make impact with something before the lens does, dampening blows. It also helps a bit with keeping sand and dirt away from your front lens element!
We hope you found these 10 outdoor photography tips useful! BorrowLenses.com is the Internet’s premier destination for photographic and video equipment rentals. Visit their site where you can rent, shoot, return. You choose what you want, when you want to receive it, and for how long you want to rent it, they then ship the gear directly to you, or to one of their many convenient pick-up locations!