5 Tips for Shooting in Bad Weather


Rain Video Camera

While great movie makers can control a great many things, it’s an unusual skill to be able to take charge of the weather. If you happen to spend plenty of time filming outside, you’ll know doubt be aware of this risk, and many unprepared filmmakers have found themselves at the mercy of a downpour when they’ve least expected it.

So, in the spirit of keen preparation, we’ve put together a list of tips for dealing with bad weather.

1. Invest in a waterproof phone case

Regardless of which device you happen to be using, you’ll be able to find a simple and affordable solution that can keep it protected from adverse weather conditions. Waterproof phone covers are a great way to maintain peace of mind when filming outdoors and many offer extra protection from falls and damage too!

2. Be mindful of thunder and lightning!

If it’s raining a lot, be aware of where the weather can go from there. If it’s particularly heavy, you may be at risk of thunder and lightning, which though rarely directly dangerous, can be a particular nightmare if you’re unlucky enough to get caught in it. This is something to be particularly aware of if you happen to be using umbrellas, which function as conductors. This brings us neatly to tip number 3…

3. Use umbrellas!

Umbrellas are a cost effective fix all solution to many rain-related movie making problems. They can be utilized by your crew to protect equipment and create light effects if experimented with.

4. Download a weather app…now

The great thing about shooting on the go is that your mobile device becomes your personal tool for all things movie related.

You’ve got Together app for making movies…why not use it in conjunction with a weather app that updates in real time? That way, you can always be prepared for every eventuality.

5. Use Zip Lock freezer bags

Freezer bags can be used when it’s cold to store your equipment and prevent condensation from building up within the equipment and running the risk of damaging it. In some respects, the risk of damage poses far more cause for concern than a raindrop-accented shot, so it’s important to find measures that limit this risk as far as possible.

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