Are you prepared for Spring to… spring?


Spring represents a time of earnest and excitement for many photographers – the dreary days of winter have faded, and the sun, colors, and excitement to get outside can inspire many of us to take off for the hills – gear in hand and ready to shoot!

The problem arises when Spring…springs!  This means sudden rainfall, and moisture is no friend to camera gear.  With probably at least a couple thousand dollars invested in gear for most of us – are you prepared for the showers that come with Spring ventures?  Here’s a couple things I keep in my camera bag during Springtime in particular:

  1. Dessicant – this chemical comes with pretty much everything these days – and you can even purchase bags of it for use to absorb moisture.  Put a few of these in your bag to help protect from drops of dew
  2. A towel – we all have microfiber clots, and these are great for glass, but what about a good old fashioned towel to brush off moisture if it comes in contact with your gear?  A small dish or hand towel can save your bacon, not to mention a $1000 body (or lens)!
  3. A poncho – makes protecting and caring for your gear a lot easier if you are dry too!
  4. Plastic bags – I get the 2-quart sized bags and put my lenses in that before stashing in my camera bag  Just another layer of protection in a multi-layered defense against moisture!
  5. Change of clothes – whenever I go out anywhere, I have a change of clothes in the car – in cold weather, it’s a pair of jeans and a t-shirt/flannel shirt, in summer a pair of shorts and t-shit, and spring jeans and a shirt

These may seem like common sense types of things, but how many do you really have laid out for when you go on an outing?  Take stock of your Spring preparedness and plan proactively if you can – it could save you many many hassles and frustrations in the long run!

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5 comments for “Are you prepared for Spring to… spring?

  1. April 23, 2009 at 7:24 am

    What happens if the change of clothes not not match your shoes!! = ) Great and informative posts Jason –

  2. April 24, 2009 at 8:10 am

    I always collect the shower caps from hotels and stash them in my gear bag. No, I don’t put them on my head to keep my hair dry during the rain – they are perfect covers for the camera and lens. Very flexible little things and completely free (kind of).

  3. April 24, 2009 at 11:27 am

    Hi Jason

    thanks for all of your efforts in putting out a great blog and podcast:)

  4. April 24, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    hey jason, great podcast. This may not be the place to post this, but I cant seem to find a search feature on your site. I was listening to an older podcast that referenced a post you did about doubling your laptop HD capacity. Any chance you can get me a link to that?


  5. April 24, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    Thanks all for the kind words…@chad, the search feature is back again (not sure why I turned that off before, but it’s back now)

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