July 24, 2018
Shooting in winter can present some unique challenges like strong wind or rain. But with some creative thinking, 'bad' weather can be used advantageously in creating specific imagery or a mood. Setting your camera at a slower shutter speed can help capture a sense movement when photographing landscapes such as farm fields or groves of trees — anything that moves with the wind.
Using a tripod will prove useful, although, in the most extreme whether, you may have to steady it with your grip.
But the wind may also bring unwanted dust, debris or water to your camera body and lens, so it's important to keep your camera protected. Inexpensive multi-use rain sleeves are worthwhile to keep in your bag for those conditions where you need to protect your camera from the weather. They're a great item to have at hand in case of an emergency.
Multi-use rain sleeves can also be used in "man-made" inclement conditions. I recently saw a very well known Australian photographer sharing his secrets of taking photographs at the Indian Holi festival, the "festival of colour". The multi-use rain jackets are required as "Holi is a very carefree festival that’s great fun to participate in if you don’t mind getting wet and dirty. You'll end up saturated in water, with colour all over your skin and clothes. Some of it doesn't wash out easily, so be sure to wear old clothes."
Likewise, multi-use rain sleeves are also useful for winter sports photography, winter landscapes, in the snowfields and street photography.
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