Photography kit I never leave at home – Shower Cap

Photography Kit I Never Leave at Home – Shower Cap

In this new monthly segment to the blog, I will be talking about unusual pieces of kit that I keep in my camera bag.

Like many photographers, space in my camera bag is at an absolute premium and I don’t have enough room to take useless items, or pieces of kit that never get used, out with me. Everything in my camera bag has earned its place as either invaluable in helping me take photographs, or useful in keeping my safe.

When I go out on a shoot, I take all the usual things out with me : camera, lenses, filters, tripod, shutter release, shower cap…………..

…..……….yes, you heard me right, I never leave home without my shower cap!

I shoot in all weathers and living in Cumbria in the North of England, we get A LOT of rain! In fact, I actively seek out challenging conditions because have often found that wet weather often helps to create compelling and far more interesting images than clear sky’s and “nice” weather ever do.

Some of the best images come from bad conditions.

Some of the best images come from bad conditions.

But the problem is, I use quite cheap kit.

My camera is weather sealed, but my lenses aren’t. They do regularly get a bit wet, it’s unfortunately inevitable and they still work absolutely fine, but I wouldn’t want to risk regularly getting my kit completely soaked.

I’ve tried many different techniques and gadgets to keep my camera and lenses dry when I’m out in the field, some were better than others, but it wasn’t until I saw a video on YouTube by Andrew Marr (here’s a link to his YouTube channel) last year that I finally found something that works on location!

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A shower cap is just the right size to go over my camera and lens and the elasticated opening means it stays on the camera even when the wind picks up.  I often keep the shower cap over the lens while I faff around with the camera; changing settings reviewing the images and gong through the menu’s (my camera body is weather sealed so can take a bit of rain). Using the shower cap in this way, I can continue to use the camera and keep the lens bone dry – I only remove the shower cap when I’m ready to take the shot and it goes straight back on again after, so the lens is only exposed to the rain for a few seconds at a time.

The only negative I’ve found is that you do sometimes get funny looks for other people and other photographers (and a bit of stick from my friends) – but I usually make a joke out of it and, at the end of the day, I know that my gear is dry, safe and protected from the rain which means I can continue to go out and photograph in all weather, even when it’s pouring!

My shower cap cost £1.00 from a local chemist, but some hotels give them out free. Either way, my shower cap is probably the cheapest item in my bag AND one of the most used!

What do you use to keep the rain off your kit? Have you found something else that works or doesn’t work? Have you ever tried using a shower cap? Let me know in the comments below.