How to Keep Your Camera and Yourself Dry on a Rainy Day and Slippery Slope

Hobbs Creek at Mystic Vale

If you have ever been taking landscape photographs in the rain you will know how difficult it is to manage all your camera gear plus keep it, and yourself, dry. There are a number of options including seven mentioned here. Many involve covering your camera with plastic and/or holding an umbrella over yourself and your camera set up. I have found that holding an umbrella limits my hand freedom to adjust the tripod and camera controls. I have also tried the plastic coverings but found them somewhat cumbersome for me to use.

What I felt I needed was an umbrella that covers everything including me and stands up by itself. However, because I often work on slopes or in tight areas I could not use a second tripod or modified light stand to hold my umbrella in some fashion.

My solution was to clamp and tape a monopod to a big golf umbrella. The extended monopod/umbrella can protect my camera, tripod and me by leaning against my tripod when I am composing the image.

One trick is to set your shutter on a 2 second delay so that you can then hold the monopod a couple of inches away from the camera and tripod in case there is a gust of wind that could add sideways movement when the photo is taken.

Then, when I am all done, I simply fold up the umbrella and collapse the monopod. The whole contraption is then only slightly longer than the umbrella itself.

Try it if you have a monopod nearby.........

Photo credits: Grant Hughes.

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January 31, 2018


Great thanks for sharing this blog.

January 31, 2018


Great, thanks for sharing.

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