Chase Jarvis shares 3 tips for shooting in bad weather

by Gannon Burgett

posted Thursday, October 1, 2015 at 1:54 PM EDT

Chase Jarvis knows a thing or two about photography. Not only has he made a successful commercial photography career for himself, he’s also built CreativeLive, an online learning platform, from the ground up, a massive achievement in itself.

After some time away from creating videos, Chase is back at it again with a new series of videos called Chase Jarvis RAW 2.0, #cjRAW for short. In the latest episode, Chase shares three tips for shooting photos and protecting your gear in bad weather.

The first tip shared in the three-and-a-half minute video isn’t much of a tip, but it’s still an important aspect to cover. Throughout the first two minutes of the video, Chase talks about the difference between pro-level and prosumer-level cameras in terms of weather-sealing.

The second tip Chase shares follows up on the first one; Chase talks about using nothing more than a simple shower cap to protect your DSLR from the elements when things get a little wet — or worse yet, muddy. Shower caps pack up small and almost nothing, a solid solution for when you’re in a pinch.

Lastly, Chase breaks down the best method for cleaning your lens when it does get wet. Rather than using a lens cloth alone to get off the water, he suggests first using a microfiber towel to blot off the majority of the water. Once managed most of the water is off, he then uses the nicer lens cloth to remove any streaks or remaining water.

As with almost any video from Chase, it’s entertaining to watch even if you already know these tips. His personality and presentation style always keeps it exciting and interesting.

Along with each episode of #cjRAW, Chase also shares a blog post that further breaks down the tips and information he shares. You can find the accompanying blog post for the above video by clicking here.

To see other episodes from #cjRAW and keep up to date with future ones, head on over to Chase’s YouTube channel and subscribe.