DIY Rain Guard

I’ve always been asked how I keep my equipment dry while shooting storms, and I figure with Hurricane Sandy on the way now would be a good time to share! This is a very simple, inexpensive, easy to use and very effective solution to shooting in the rain! It costs less than 5 dollars but I have never felt the need to purchase anything to replace it.

I find this cover works so well, because not only do you have access to all your camera controls, it also provides an extension to your existing lens hood to give it further protection from the rain. So here goes:


  • Lens with Lens Hood
  • Duct Tape
  • Circular Take out Container
  • Heavyweight Clear Plastic Bag
  • Marker
  • Knife
  • Scissors

Step 1: Trace outline of lens hood on the back of the container

Step 2: Using exacto knife cut out the circle for the lens hood *leave 1 or 2mm gap for the lens hood to sit on*

Step 3: Tack the lens hood in place with a few small strips of duct tape

Step 4: Tape lens hood securely in place

Step 5: Replace lid and with exacto knife cut out a circle large enough not to obscure the field of view of the lens

Step 6: Cut out a corner of the plastic bag using scissors, place the hood inside the bag and re-attach the lid

Step 7: Using the exacto knife, carefully cut away excess plastic

Step 8: Tape up the edge with some duct tape to hold the lid securely in place

Step 9: Attach lens hood to camera and get some awesome shots from inside the storm!

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