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How to Make a Cheap DIY Rain Guard for Keeping Your DSLR Dry

I’ve always been asked how I keep my equipment dry while shooting storms, and I figure with Hurricane Sandy on the way, now would be a good time to share! This is a very simple, inexpensive, easy-to-use, and effective solution to shooting in the rain! It costs less than 5 dollars, but I have never felt the need to purchase anything to replace it.

I find this cover works so well because, not only do you have access to all your camera controls, it also provides an extension to your existing lens hood to give it further protection from the rain. So here goes:

Materials

  • Lens with lens hood
  • Duct tape
  • Circular take-out container
  • Heavyweight clear plastic bag

Tools

  • Marker
  • Knife
  • Scissors

Step 1: Trace the outline of your lens hood on the back of the container

Step 2: Using the knife, cut out the circle for the lens hood. Leave a 1 or 2mm gap for the lens hood to sit on.

Step 3: Tack the lens hood in place with a few small strips of duct tape

Step 4: Tape the lens hood securely in place

Step 5: Replace the lid and, using the knife, cut out a circle large enough not to obscure the field of view of the lens

Step 6: Cut out a corner of the plastic bag using scissors, place the hood inside the bag, and re-attach the lid

Step 7: Carefully cut away excess plastic

Step 8: Tape up the edge with some duct tape to hold the lid securely in place

Step 9: Attach the lens hood to your camera and get some awesome shots from inside the storm!


About the author: Richard Gottardo is a wedding photographer based out of Toronto, Canada who also chases and photographs storms in his free time. Gottardo’s photography has been featured in various publications, advertising, and web throughout North America and the UK. Visit his website here. This post was originally published here.


 
  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.madore.3 Jeremy Madore

    “Wedding based out of Toronto” – Wedding Photographer?

  • http://www.petapixel.com Michael Zhang

    Thanks for the catch :)

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thelonelylights Adam Cross

    I think it would also be a sensible idea to also advise people to stay indoors during the hurricane, no point risking your self(or your gear!) for a photograph.

  • http://www.facebook.com/generalrap Athan Raptis

    Or, shoot with a camera/lens combo featuring ungodly weatherproofing like the Pentax K-5.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kikulino Lukas Prochazka

    everything for good picture

  • http://twitter.com/StevenWorster Steven Alan

    disagree.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nanonyous Theo Lubbe

    Question: Does this design not still allow water to potentially enter at the sides of the lens barrel at the front, or to get on the inside of the bag along the bottom, when pooling water assuming the camera is tilted upwards slightly?

    Could one not get better results taking a decent quality UV filter that one has sealed along the edges, then attaching a step-up ring to that onto which one attaches the heavyweight bag?

    It’s certainly more expensive, but also means you aren’t rendering your lens hood nor UV filter unusable without taking the time to remove all of this from the lens.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bunniebray Coby Bray

    I have a similar build but with a cheep polarize filter a uv filter and large clear garbage bags, remove glass from pol. filter lay bag across the front attach uv filter and cut plastic from between filters. the pol. filter allows the front element to rotate and if you use large garbage bags you can clime inside with the camera and stay dry as well.

  • http://www.flyingsuicide.net/ Oj0

    It’s so stupidly simple, why didn’t I think of this? :/

  • marcyzim

    Thanks for the idea! I didn’t have an appropriate sized take-out container and it was also hard to cut the bottom off and get it to the right size. So here’s my solution: I took an 8″ plastic flowerpot – the kind you get free when you buy a plant – and cut off the bottom, leaving about a 4″ wide section. Cut it up one side, then fit it around your lens hood, and duct tape it together at just the right size to slide over the lens hood.
    I find that it’s visible in the photos at less than 35mm zoom, but works great above that.
    I like the idea of a large bag because you do have to get your hands onto the lens to manually focus or use your zoom. And if the weather is really crappy, I’ll use an umbrella or go home.