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Pete's Tips 1 - Plastic Bag when raining

Pete > Pete Blog > Pete's Tips 1 - Plastic Bag when raining
03/11/2008 - 10:18 AM

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Many of my blogs so far have been of topic discussions, so I thought it would be good to start using this blog to share photography tips. Some will be obvious to many, but I hope you pick up a useful nugget of information from time to time.

One for outdoor photographers that I used yesterday. Always have a plastic shopping bag in your pocket when taking pictures out doors. If it rains you can slip the bag over the camera to protect it while you reach for cover. If you want to go a stage further you can buy a rain cover that is specially designed for wet weather photography.

The bag has another purpose. You can use it to kneel on when shooting low down. Watch out though, the newer supermarket bags can let water through when pressure is put on. In these cases stronger types (usually the ones you pay a few pence for) are more protective.

Tags: , Protection, Tip, Waterproof


5 Nov 2008 - 9:44 AM

And, get your plastic bags stockpiled while you still can.

This is a tip I use myself - I always have a couple of plastic bags with me when I go out - for all the above reasons plus I'm a bit of a magpie, always on the lookout for interesting things to use as backdrops.
My last haul was a couple of bits of old 'peeling paint' wood from doors the ever present bin bag came in very handy there.

I remember some 30 years ago attending a talk by a landscape photographer.
He was in a secluded cove taking a sunset shot when he slipped and broke his ankle. This was long before mobile phones and he realised it would probably be morning before help arrived so he wrapped himself in the plastic bin bags to keep warm.
He thought that had probably saved his life on a very cold night.

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thewaiter  141177 forum posts England9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Dec 2008 - 5:02 PM

I recently did a workshop with pro photographer Ian Cameron, he always has a shower cap in this bag for those rainy moments, if the rain comes he leaves the camera on the tripod and slips the cap over the top......

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