Wildlife Photography Tip Number 13....Be Prepared For All Kinds Of Weather If Outdoors

Tip #13) Be Prepared For All Kinds Of Weather If Outdoors.... While taking wildlife photography you could encounter all types of weather, so make sure you are prepared to handle anything that could come along.

The most obvious weather condition would be rain. Make sure you have a rain coat or parka, and some way to protect your camera equipment, like an umbrella or plastic bag or something like that. Some professional camera equipment is designed to handle some rain, but I still don't think it is wise to let them get soaked in a hard downpour.

They do make rain covers that fit over your camera and lens, so it would be smart to invest in something like that if you are going to be taking lots of photos in the rain.

Nobody likes to get wet and cold while outside, so it would also be smart to have waterproof boots on along with waterproof rain pants and jacket with a hood. I wouldn't get just a rain resistant jacket and pants, get fully waterproof, so the rain doesn't start soaking through after awhile.

If there is a chance for lightning, then you should have a place to go for protection, most likely your car, but maybe some kind of small shelter. You don't want to mess with mother nature and then get struck by lightning

If it is cold and you might be having some snow, make sure you dress warm, and have some good gloves, preferably with removable fingers so you can quickly use your bare fingers to make camera adjustments, etc. Take along some hand warmers for in your boots and gloves and to keep your batteries warm, which we talk about in our "Warm Batteries" tip. You should have some kind of rain cover for your camera and lens also, if it is snowing, because that snow will melt and could get into your camera or lens.

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If it might be really hot and sunny, then remember to bring a cap, some sunscreen, sunglasses, and plenty of drinking water. Its probably also a good idea not to let your camera equipment get too hot, by leaving it in the direct sun or in your car. This could cause damage to your camera equipment along with your batteries. Also leaving your camera bag in the direct sun will cause that to fade and wear out faster.

If you are using a tripod, it would be good to have the ability to hang some weight under your camera to help stabilize the tripod if some gusts of wind suddenly start to blow. I have had a tripod get blown over by the wind once, luckily I didn't have my camera on it. Cheaper tripods are usually very light and can very easily fall over in the wind. More expensive tripods usually are heavier and therefore more stabile in windy conditions.

So whatever mother nature wants to throw at you today, make sure you are prepared to handle it all, to protect yourself and your expensive camera equipment. A little planning can save you alot of headaches and money.

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