A week or so ago I posted a photo-essay about shooting portraits in the rain in Bejucal, Cuba. I mentioned a DIY DSLR rain cover I made with a plastic, 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.
So here goes.. My secret DIY camera rain cover recipe!
- Your DSLR lens and lens hood (attached) .
- A plastic bag. (a.k.a you camera rain cover)
- 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.
- Large rubber band.
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How to put it together
- Slip camera into the bag so that the lens and hood are facing the bottom of the bag.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 6 am, which is why I’m all hands and no face. Waaaaay too early for my mug.
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