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How to Make My Super Easy, Ridiculously Cheap, DSLR Rain Cover

It's raining. Do you buy an expensive plastic rain cover? Hell no! Try these easy steps to make your own, cheap, DSLR rain cover!A week or so ago I posted a photo-essay about shooting in the rain in Bejucal, Cuba. I mentioned a cover I made with a plastic bag for my DSLR, which led to some inquiries from readers asking how they could make it themselves. After a lot of soul searching (I was planning on applying for a patent on my design), I decided it was better to be helpful than a millionaire.

Here goes…….


  1.  Your DSLR lens and lens hood attached.
  2. A plastic bag.
    • At home, I use the small garbage bags for bathroom wastebaskets. I like them because they’re tapered at the bottom which means a lot less bulk, but any plastic bag will do. Tip: When traveling, snag your hotel room’s laundry bag. In the end, the thickness and size of the bag you choose should depend on how hard it’s raining or how windy it is. If it’s really bad weather go for something a little thicker.
  3. Large rubber band.


  1. Slip camera into the bag so that the lens and hood are facing the bottom of the bag.
  2. Pull the bag taut around the lens and hood, just below where the hood screws on to the lens, and secure it with the rubber band.
  3. Poke a small hole in the plastic that’s covering the lens opening, slowly widening it ( you want to keep it tight) until you can just slip the edges of the hole around the outside of the lens hood.
  4. Ta da! You’re done.

I made a super quick video if any of this doesn’t make sense. Forgive my video skills, I ain’t no Spielberg. I put it together at 6am this morning which is why I’m all hands and no face. Waaaaay too early for my mug.

Street vendor in the rain in New York City

An image I took in a rainstorm where I got soaked but my camera didn’t!

Susan Portnoy The Insatiable Traveler

Me using an EXTRA – Large version of my rain cover. I was shooting elephants a few hundred yards away with a very big, long lens. Photo: Toni Suddes

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