Wet Weather Shooting Photos – Dealing with Rain, Mist, and Fog

Shooting in the rain is never fun. Period. But, sometimes it is unavoidable. You travel miles and miles to get to some national park or take a boat to see marine life in the wild, and it rains. Or there’s fog. Or there’s that insidious mist.

Don’t sweat it though – there’s hope, and you can shoot photos just fine in the rain and fog if you have some basic accessories and some common sense…

The only thing you really need to do is to get a rain cover for your camera. They’re surprisingly easy to use. I bought one made by Fotosharp and I highly recommend theirs. At around $30 it is well worth it. The drawstring keeps it tight around the lens and the back opens up to be able to see the camera controls and allow me to easily get my hands in there to set up and take the shot.

I was initially very hesitant to use it because it is hard enough to take good photos when its dry, let alone when I have to put this “fancy bag” around my camera and then try to shoot! But I worried for nothing and it really was easy enough to take great photos in the rain with my rain cover on my camera. You should try it. It really is very easy.

When finished with the rain cover, I let it dry off and then just wad it up and put it into a pouch inside my camera bag. It doesn’t take up much space at all and is a valuable asset to have in case of rain.

Another thing to keep in mind when shooting in wet weather is to keep your camera lens facing down whenever possible so that water droplets do not hit your lens and get into your photos. But, if this happens, be sure to have a lens cloth in your rain coat to wipe it clean before taking a shot. To keep my lens facing down, I use the Black Rapid RS-7 camera strap. This keeps my camera at my side and with the lens downward.

In addition, I try to keep my camera within my rain coat when I’m not shooting, and then just whip it out when I see a shot to take. My rain cover is already on it and I can just easily take the shot when needed, then put it back under my coat. I’ve got a green rain coat in XL size to give me more room underneath.

I’ve used my rain cover for my camera numerous times in many locations and it is by far the easiest accessory to use that I have. It keeps my camera from getting destroyed by water and lets me get the shot. Here are some locations and situations where I have used it:

  • Near geysers in Yellowstone National Park where their mist was blowing across the walkways.
  • In the rain in many locations, including Yellowstone.
  • Near waterfalls in Wisconsin and Michigan where the mist from the spray was blowing toward me.
  • On a whale watching boat in Frenchman Bay in Maine where it rained all day, but I got the shot of whales off the bow!
  • In the morning mist in the fields and woods of Michigan.