April 18, 2011

Shower Cap for a Rainy Day

We’ve all been there. We’re out with our camera, enjoying the day, and it starts to drizzle. What to do? You don’t want to ruin your camera, but you’re also not done yet, and it’s only a drizzle. You could invest in an expensive waterproof casing for your camera, but that adds one more bulky item you need to carry around. Enter the shower cap.

It’s a great camera protector in a pinch. Just wrap it around the top of the camera, and use a rubber band to hold it on the lens. Most hotel rooms offer them complementary, in nice wrapped packages that fit nicely into camera bags. I take two with me when I go out, one for my camera bag to protect the equipment inside and one for my camera.

Don’t rely on the shower cap in a downpour. After-all, it’s not providing 360 degrees of protection, or creating a water tight seal. Rain can still get in from underneath in heavy winds, or if you’re not pinching the sides tightly. But if it’s a light rain, or just a drizzle, the shower cap should do the trick.

I used it when we were in Hawaii. We were out whale watching when it started to drizzle. The other tourists sought shelter, but I stayed out and captured this.

(I can’t take credit for this idea. Someone told it to me, who learned it from a professional photographer.)

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  1. […] fits my largest lens (55-200mm kit lens), if but just barely, a spare battery, memory card and a shower cap. It’s small enough that I can bring it into most museums and sporting events without anyone […]

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