Water and Sand Proofing
Keeping water and other items out of the
lens and camera
|When we talk about coastal photography we
may mean cliff top photography generally way form sand and sea water that
our cameras and lenses would not like to experience, but we may also want to
Most modern digital cameras are not dust
proof or sand proof, and sea water is not going to be good for them, If you
have to take a camera onto a beach its a good idea to have at least a zip up
plastic bag to keep everything out of it and that you don't see blowing
about gets in everywhere. Have you had sandwiches on a beach crunch,
There are both water proof housings and
simpler protective arrangements that can be bought.
There is a home made solution that
can protect a camera from sea spray and is useful when photographing from a
boat of near breaking waves. All you need is a largish clear plastic bag,
large enough to put your camera in as well as your hands and to hang down
covering a part of your arms. Work out where you would like to put the
camera and then where the lens is to look through, cut a hole just smaller
than your camera lens.
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To do this draw around a filter and cut
inside the line drawn. Using a filter you will be able to trap the plastic
bag between the filter threads and the lens. Just be careful when doing this
so as not to damage the filter threads on the lens. Some people use a
stepping ring or filter shim to attach to the lens, so no damage can occur to the lens and have a larger filter, so that the edge of the plastic
bag is well clear of the edge of the lens. You will see this arrangement
allows you to see through the plastic bag, but the camera to see through the
filter, while remaining protected.
A less effective solution is to wrap cling
film around the camera and lens.
If you have recently upgraded your digital
camera you may have a camera that you are not now using and perhaps a spare
lens as well. If you are going to do quite a bit of coastal work close to
sand and sea water it may be that this older camera and lens could be used.
Some professionals when they undertake beach shoots hire equipment to use for
this rather than taking their own equipment in to this environment.
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