When stuff gets wet in the snow, it won’t dry off for the rest of the day. That’s why you want to protect your precious DSLR when shooting photos during a ski trip, snowshoe expedition, or romp in the snowy park with your dog.
Here’s a simple way to snowproof your DSLR, and it’s effectively free; using stuff you probably already have in your kitchen and junk drawer. (Not that junk drawer, you perv.)
1. Grab a large freezer bag, a roll of electrical or duct tape, a pair of scissors, and a Sharpie.
2. Remove the lens hood from your favorite lens and place the camera end against the bottom of the freezer bag. Make sure to center it. (If you don’t use lens hoods, then start. Until then, run a ring of electrical tape around the business-end of the lens, and place it against the bag.)
3. Use the Sharpie to mark the diameter of the lens hood.
4. Cut the newly-drawn circle with the scissors.
5. Re-mount the lens hood and lovingly slip the lens into the bag, so the hood peeks through the bottom of the freezer bag.
6. Secure the bag to the lens hood with the electrical tape. I recommend flipping the bag inside out and adding a ring of tape to where the lens hood and bag meet in the inside. This is mainly for durability.
7. Step back and admire your snowproof camera. If it’s not snowing, you can use the bag as a sort of hood. If it is snowing, just seal the bag and operate the camera through the plastic.
I usually use a fixed lens, but this works for zoom lenses as well. However, zooming is a bit awkward and takes a bit of practice. Also, depending on how big your lens is, you may need to use a larger bag. My zoom lens is shite, so I can get away with freezer bags normally found in the kitchen.
When you know you’ll be shooting in snow, be sure to practice operating your camera through the bag, and while wearing gloves. It may seem silly for me to mention this, but you’ll be glad you practiced when you aren’t mucking about with the on/off switch and the settings controls.
Neither duct tape nor electrical tape are waterproof, obviously: I’m presuming that you’re keeping your camera in some sort of carrier until you’re ready to shoot: this system keeps snow off your camera when it’s go-time. Don’t trudge around with your camera around your neck if it’s snowing. Also remember to let your equipment dry thoroughly, outside of the bags.