DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

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

Do you need to buy an expensive camera rain cover? I don’t think so. Make you’re own.

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 bag, 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! (It’s the best camera rain cover if I do say so myself. )

DIY Camera Rain Cover


  1.  Your DSLR lens and lens hood (attached).
  2. A plastic bag. (a.k.a your camera rain cover)
    • At home, I use small garbage bags sized 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. 
  3. Large rubber band.

How to Put Your Camera Rain Cover Together

  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.

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Don't spend a lot of money on a DSLR camera rain cover. It's not necessary. This video tutorial shows you how to make your own DIY version in a flash.

70 thoughts on “DIY Camera Rain Cover – It’s Super Easy and Ridiculously Cheap

  1. Bill Gates says:

    Pretty useless without a demo – would like to have seen you actually use it, dealing with the loose end of the bag and such.

  2. lilacGirl says:

    Thank you, it’s great idea! I’m a photographer, and I’d like to make some interesting pictures when it rains!

      • keza says:

        but tell me, how do you clean your lense if there still got some rain drops on it? Is there an appropiate way without leaving water stains or harming the lens?

      • Susan Portnoy says:

        Sure.. I bring along a tissue or some other absorbent cloth and lay it on the lens to soak up the moisture. I don’t rub the lens with it. Then I use a shammy or other lens cloth to clean it. I always bring around a small bottle of lens cleaner too if I think I’m going to be in a situation where it might get dirtier than normal.

  3. hautesantabarbara says:

    What a creative idea! I’ll have to try this the next time I am stuck taking photos in the rain. Also, your photos are just as inspirational as they are beautiful! It is awesome that you are able to travel to so many counties and shine a light on the local cultures and people. 🙂

    • Susan Portnoy says:

      It definitely works and I love that it’s dirt cheap. LOL

      I’m so happy you’ve enjoyed the photos. My goal is to do just what you said, “shine a light on the local cultures and people,” and I’m glad that’s coming through in my work.
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    • Susan Portnoy says:

      Yay! I’m so happy you like it. Thank you. I’m lucky yes, but I also make it a priority.. I’ll put money toward a ticket (or a camera) before I spend it on shoes. LOL I hope you come back. 🙂

  4. Andrea Kennedy says:

    Ahh! I love this post. I do this religiously with my DSLR as I live in Oregon, where it never stops raining, and can’t afford a water housing haha. It’s so cool to know you’re doing the same! I usually just the large storage plastic bags but a trash bag is a way better idea! Thanks!

    • Susan Portnoy says:

      Lol… I’m just too generous I guess Elen! ;). Thanks about the photo. I was pretty happy with that one even though I was drenched. Not my camera mind you, but I was a mess.

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  6. Patricia Pomerleau says:

    Susan, that is an awesome video for newbies and those of us who have “weathered” storms and waves. Even if you have “official” covers, they are often not with you are the right time, and you can always have a rubber band in your camera bag–and find a plastic bag somewhere on some random street in the middle of nowhere. Nice work Susan! Love the video.

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