How to deal with bad weather

At the moment, we land­scape photo­graphers are pretty much left out in the rain. Late last year was one of the rainiest in recent years, at least in my home region. In this BLOG post, you can find out why the rain and the eternal grey shouldn’t stop you from taking photos and how you can deal with the wet. 

You can find the VLOG to the BLOG below, at the end of the blog post. Be sure to take a look, because in this YouTube video you can find out how I took the pictures in this post and all the tips in detail directly in the field. 


Sony a7IV
Sony FE 2.8/16–35 mm GM
Sony FE 4/24–105 mm G
Sony FE 100–400 mm G
DJI Mini 3 Pro

Your equip­ment in the rain for you

Let’s start with the prepa­ra­tion and how we protect ourselves against the wet by choo­sing the right clothing.

  1. Water­proof shoes
    I wear ankle-high, water­proof hiking boots with a GoreTex membrane in bad weather and have never got my feet wet
  2. Rain jacket / rain cape
    Using a rain jacket is actually self-expl­ana­tory. However, if it rains heavily, a rain cape that you throw over yourself also offers extra protec­tion. Most of these are also quite small and can be easily packed into your rucksack. 
  3. Rain cover for the photo ruck­sack
    Your ruck­sack, in which you carry all your equip­ment around, should also be well protected. It’s always annoying if water gets into your rucksack.
  4. Umbrella
    Depen­ding on the amount of rain, possibly an umbrella with a holder on the tripod or free­hand (Walimex Hands Free) Watch out for camera shake with the tripod version. If neces­sary, an umbrella in your hand will also do. 

Sony a7IV + Sony FE 100–400 mm GM

How to protect your camera when taking photos

Camera and lens protec­tion when shoo­ting in the rain

  1. favourable: shower cap, cover/freezer cap
    One solu­tion that is super cheap and that I have had good expe­ri­ences with are food covers. These also fit over the camera and protect it from rain or mois­ture in waterfalls.
  2. profes­sional: Rain cover
    Of course, there are also rain covers for cameras in the €50 range. 
  3. extreme: under­water bag/housing
    If you really want to take photos in the pouring rain or under­water, you can opt for a much more expen­sive under­water housing. 

Sony a7IV + Sony FE 100–400 mm GM

How to protect your camera when taking photos

Your beha­viour to protect the camera in wet conditions

  1. No lens change if possible
  2. Use lens hood as drip protection,
  3. Hold the camera with the front lens facing down­wards when chan­ging location
  4. Dry the camera regu­larly with a dry cloth,
  5. Remove drops from the front lens with a clean micro­fibre cloth as required.
  6. Do not switch the camera on imme­dia­tely when it is warm and dry, leave it in the camera bag for the time being, if neces­sary put drying rice in the bag (small bags, often supplied with elec­tronic products)

Sony a7IV + Sony FE 100–400 mm GM

This and all other shots of this post you can request under “Prints” as an art print for your wall at home directly from me. 

For more info and back­ground on how I took this picture, be sure to check out the video on YouTube below!

Pictures from the VLOG

In this gallery, I have compiled all the photos from the VLOG so that you can view them at your leisure. Have a look on Youtube and leave a comment or a like. If you liked the video, you can also subscribe to my channel so that you don’t miss any new videos.

VLOG to the BLOG

It’s real November weather outside. It’s chilly, grey and it’s raining all day. But that shouldn’t stop us from going out and taking photos. What should you bear in mind in bad weather? That’s what this video is about. Plus, of course, nature and land­scape photo­graphy. So stay tuned.

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