Most of the times the best photographs are captured in the worst type of weather, but if you do not take care of your camera, it could be the END. Here are some inexpensive ways to protect your camera from rain.
Before reading this you should know that some of the cameras are more prone to be damaged in rain than the others because of their build. Some cameras come with weather sealing as a built in feature. It protects the camera in some amount of rain. I have clicked photos of waterfalls, rain, damp weather as well as thunderstorms with a weather sealed camera as well as a non weather sealed one on few occasions. My suggestion is to use the weather seal as a safety net and to also have something else to protect the camera as a primary defense.
#1: Keep a shower cap in your camera bag
Shower caps are easily available anywhere in India; get one today and simply stick it in your camera bag. When the rain is not heavy put the shower cap on your camera. It would protect your the camera in small drizzle. Do not try this in heavy rain it would not be useful.
#2 Use a Large Plastic Bag
Use a large plastic bag to cover your camera when it rains heavily. You can use it as alternative to shower cap as well. Large Plastic Bags are very useful in dumping your camera with camera bag in case of emergencies. Make sure the bag is not moist from inside and does not have any holes.
#3: Use an Umbrella
I know… shocking, right? Sometimes the easiest solution is the right one. If you are shooting a landscape or are using a tripod, an umbrella is the simplest solution.
Honestly, an umbrella is often better than even a shower cap or plastic bag because it keeps the front element on your lens from getting wet. It keeps you dry with your camera and it can be used as a prop as well while shooting the rain.
#4: Buy a Rain Sleeve
Many good rain sleeves are available which are very useful in rain.
#5: If nothing seems to be working …
Finally if you have tried all the things and nothings seems to work for you shoot when the rain stops completely and keep the camera in the bag between shots. Look for shades or trees as protection to click your photos. While shooting on the streets, get into a vehicle like a taxi, or better still, a rickshaw. Stand at the window or under a shade on the terrace while shooting at home. Stay indoors in shops and shoot reflected views through a glass pane to create a layered image.
After your shoot, put the camera and lens in a large plastic bag with a silica gel or else put some uncooked rice in the bag. This will help to dry up the humidity. Also be sure to remove the battery immediately after the shoot. Always use microfiber to clean the glass part of your camera. Do not use clothes / towels or any other material to wipe water from your lens.
#6: Tune your camera …
In monsoon you are going to deal with low light conditions.
Use the Image Stabilization (for Canon) or Vibration Reduction (for Nikon) to get a sharp image. If your lens doesn’t have VR then mount your camera on a Tripod. Choose the white balance precisely, don’t
use auto WB. Use exposure compensation to deal with underexposed scenes.