Motorsports Photography: Weather or Not

“I love cold, rainy weather.”—Catherine Bell


There are a few photographers that don’t want to venture out in the rain, afraid that their cameras and lenses, or perhaps their own delicate selves, will be damaged. (After all, look what water did to the witch in the Wizard of Oz.) Don’t be afraid of getting wet. You can always cover your camera with my old stand-by shower cap that most decent (anyway) hotels provide in each room. This cheapie solution was a big help on my trip to Japan and kept a Canon Digital Rebel dry between shoots in and around a rainy Tokyo.

RainsleeveLensFor a little more substantial solution, like shooting during the downpour, you can use one of the Rainsleeves  that are available from Op/Tech USA. Five sizes are available with prices from $5.95 to $7.95, so it won’t break your piggy bank.

These are must-have accessories for outdoor photographers, giving you protection from rain, sand and snow yet easily fit in a pocket or camera bag. Rainsleeves feature an eyepiece opening that adapts to most camera viewfinders, allowing composition of shots through the camera’s lens, not through the plastic. And all camera and lens controls are easily seen and operated through it.

If you’re shooting with the camera mounted on a tripod, consider attaching an umbrella to that three-legged necessity. This is easy to do with one of the many Manfrotto clamps also available.

PS. If you like cars and photographing cars, please visit my car photography blog—

Author: Joe Farace

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