Photographing Outdoor Adventures

Note to all water sport enthusiasts – a plastic bag will not protect your camera from seawater damage. Although the battery and SD card were removed from the little point-and-shoot and it was rinsed with fresh water and placed in a bag of rice for a couple of days, I’m not sure it will survive. And no, it wasn’t my camera – this time.

My own camera fell into a small tide pool only a few inches deep, but when the flash goes off without the battery in the camera, it’s as toast as if it were the depths of the ocean. Taking care of your gear can mean the difference between snapping that killer photo and kicking yourself for missing the winning pic.

Don't let the sunset pass you by! (Photo: Megan Kopp)

Tips for not missing the shot:

  • If you’re going to be out on the water, invest in a small drybag (or buy a waterproof camera).
  • When on land, protect the body from rock shock with a padded camera bag – small enough that it won’t get in your way on a backpack hipbelt.
  • Don’t leave the camera buried in a pack or kayak hatch or loose in the bottom of your tent.

How do your protect your camera on outdoor adventures?

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