Rain Rain! 15 Rainy Day Shooting Tips for Videographers

Wet camcorder on rainy street alongside rainboots and covered by an umbrella


Rainy day

These are great tips. Here's another: we recently completed a shoot in the Seattle area that spanned January - April, our heavy rainy period. We were outdoors during much of this time, fighting both cold and wet.


The client purchased a small "pavilion" for us to shoot under, one of the kind with telescoping metal legs and a green canvas top. We stayed dry under it while the talent worked out in the rain. A couple of the client's workers on the construction site moved the pavilion from location to location when necessary.


When we moved from location to location our grip kept camera and audio gear dry under a huge golf umbrella.



Great idea!

You're right, Jack - those pavilions that people use for picnics or a sunny day are also great ideas for protecting your gear. They're inexpensive, easy to set up and can cover a host of people and gear. Thanks for the tip!

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Passive Strategy

Ed Rogers's picture

After shooting some video in light snow, I simply left my camcorder in my garage to acclimate.  It worked well...if you have the time.  BTW, I have a polarizing filter on the camcorder...


Nice idea

I really appreciate all the tips you shared its important to secure your gear

Rainy Day

Ojaihank's picture

I always try to put some sort of neutral filter on the lens. If you are constantly wiping water drops off, you only run the risk of scratching your filter..not hurting your front element coating with repeated contact.

Item 10 "Left out in the cold"

I think you have the physics wrong in this item. Condensation occurs on a lens when it's COLDER than the ambient envirenment. By keeping the lens warmer than the ambient temp it won't fog up. In astronomy they sell lens heaters to prevent condensation foging.

Another alternative for rain

Good article. Reminded me of a previous client: Under The Weather. They have collapsible tents that would be great in some situations. UnderTheWeather.com They will be on Shark Tank in April.

My 'viewfinder' to 'lens cover' solution

mrveronn's picture

I shoot video for soccer games on the west coast of Canada, on Vancouver Island. The games run September through to April...and occasionally we see snow, but most of the time we get rain in the winter. I use a combination of a Kata CRC-15 GDR rain cover, for the main body of my Panasonic HC-X1000, an I-Cuff DV viewfinder cover, and a Fotonex PO15 Lens Hood to keep my camera safe. I often use a ProAM USA jib to fly my camera above field level, and this combination has not failed me yet...and it works equally well on my tripods. When the camera is on the jib, I use a remote control to start/stop recording, and operate the zoom. I use simple plastic bags that I tape in place and they are thin enough that the remote control buttons can be easily operated, but still be protected from the water.

I used to despair with all the rain drops on the lens, as you can hardly see the game. But using the Fotonex lens hood, even in strong winds, I seldom get rain drops anymore...clear view, clear footage for coaches to give feedback to their team, and for athletes who are looking for highlight videos for their scholarship applications.

And for myself, I have good rain gear, and use Optex photo gloves, insulated with thinsulate, with finger tips that can be pulled back so you can still get a good feel for operating the camera or remote control, ...they are very useful.

Great article...thx