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heat and humidity

4 Mar 2011 8:23PM
I live in a area where it gets very humid. I was wondering are there any rules or tips for taking pictures in hot conditions?

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RogBrown 11 3.1k 10 England
4 Mar 2011 8:39PM
Take your coat off & roll your sleeves up. SmileSmileWink
pennyspike 14 2.1k 29 United Kingdom
4 Mar 2011 9:02PM
I don't live in such an area but have visited frequently & your user name is very appropriate.
We're no experts but do take our cameras with us and accept the risks.
High humidity is a bit of a killer to cameras but they do often come back to life in due course. Best not to open or change lenses in those conditions if you can avoid it
When not is use & for changing lenses etc. we try to keep the camera in an air conditioned environment if possible, but not turned down to cold, just comfortable as the air is that bit drier.
We use packs of silica gel or other desiccants but don't know how much difference they make, unless you keep the camera in a sealed case and more often than not they're in use. Drying them out for reuse isn't easy when you're on holiday.
I would try for a camera that is weather sealed, check out the specs if buying new. Some compacts are much better than dslrs for weather proofing.
Remove filters and wipe off any moisture in the threads.

We do quite a bit of underwater photography using housings and it is recommended that you keep the camera in the housing when not in use in the water. They also recommend using a certain 'feminine product with wings' to absorb any moisture leakage and I don't think they mean from the photographerWink
It would be interesting to know if having one of those or even a disposable nappy in the bottom of the camera bag would help. Just a thought and an interesting talking point with other photographersWink

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