Protect your photography gear - don't let rain stop play

For those of us that live and work in the UK, the weather will almost always feature in conversation during the day, especially rain!

There are any number of protective covers designed specifically for your gear. Personally, I opt for nothing more than transparent heavy-gauge rubbish bags. Those sold by DIY stores or builders merchants are ideal. I carry a couple which have been cut to fit cameras and portable battery flash with a beauty dish.

But what if you don't have any protective cover with you, which recently happened to me when I took off in a hurry? Gaffers tape is the answer. I wanted to shoot with flash outside to give the shots some punch. In order to protect the flash I sealed all the joints with gaffers tape to reduce the possibility of the ingress of water!

We all know that gaffers tape comes on large combersome rolls, so I transfer a few meters onto a till roll core - ask at your local store or supermarket. They recycle dozens every day.

The finished image isn't available as I'm waiting for it to be published . . .

So here's a BTS (Behind The Scenes) image from the shoot. The Elinchrom ELB500 TTL flash was mounted on a painters extension pole by means of my SPIG, currently out of production whilst I work on the next interation.

The painters pole was attached to the vineyard trellis wire by means of a reusable cable tie.

This is how the gear looked after about an hour in torrential rain. I don't make a habit of getting my gear soaked and do not recommend it. Please not that the Elinchrom warranty DOES NOT cover ingress of water.

Once back at the studio the gear was throughly dried over a warm radiator, about 15ÂșC for at least 12 hours. Too hot and the gear would be gently cooked and rendered useless.

That's it for now and don't forget if you really enjoy lighting to visit and join The LIGHT Side - a place to learn, be mentored, nurtured and learn about lighting, lighting and photography, whatever your level or experience.

If you’re in the UK contact The Flash Centre for further information and a demonstration Outside of the UK there’s a complete list of distributors on the Elinchrom website

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