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
- Your DSLR lens and lens hood (attached).
- 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.
- Large rubber band.
How to Put Your Camera Rain Cover 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.
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