For outdoor and adventure photographers like myself, keeping digital gear safe and sound is always a priority. I take my equipment fishing, skiing, motorcycling - you name it. Here are some tips I've picked up along the way:
1. Keep those little silica packs you find in new luggage or clothing. You know the ones, they read 'Do Not Eat.' I have six to eight of them in my camera bag, they reduce humidity inside your bag, keeping your gear safer while in humid climates.
2. Get a three-fold dry bag. Made from thick PVC, these are the only things I've ever had that are truly 100 per cent waterproof. When in harsh climates, putting your camera bag inside a dry bag will put your mind at ease.
3. Lens cleaning equipment. If you're taking photographs in bad weather, your lens will need cleaning every time you use your camera.
4. Plastic covers - check out photography supply stores for these handy camera covers. They are plastic bags that tighten over your camera's body and seal out moisture, yet still allow access to the buttons. Perfect for shooting in the rain.
5. Backpack or sling-style camera bag: a must for the adventurer! Backpack bags, like my Lowepro Flipside 200, are more secure, but sling-style bags offer quicker access to your gear. Scotch guard them for good measure.
I found a video camera bag works good for me. I ride a scooter (don't laugh) and it slings over my shoulder. In case of an accident - i would get the worst end of the deal. A camera can be replaced - i can't. It won't matter the rest of the year _ will be having ankle surgery soon and that will slow me down (thought it was coming sooner). Maybe some pics in the hospital.
I'll have to get some of those sillica packs
All good suggestions! I love my "dry bag"...I have one meant for kayakers, but use it for any kind of travel to protect my camera, not just in harsh climates. (I usually have the bag inside a light weight backpack.) Also, I have found that a large shower cap can work to cover a camera (with a shorter lens) in case of a rain emergency (light rain/ drizzle).
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