Weather sealing has been an anxiety of mine over the years (before I became a studio bunny) and I was never sure how far I could push it. A few weeks ago I decided to find out by shooting in the rain for two hours.
Long before I was a professional food photographer, I wanted to be a professional cyclist, so when a friend of mine asked if I would photograph his cycling race, I jumped at the opportunity. Originally the video was shot just before coronavirus lock downs came into play in the U.K., but rather than canning the footage I have used it to talk about weather sealing, which is something that a lot of photographers worry about.
Before the job the weather forecast was not looking good, so I decided to take a few mitigating steps as discussed in the video. Thankfully everything came back in one piece, and hopefully the information can help you decide how much adviser weather conditions to put your cameras through. Camera brands are really vague when it comes to discussing what exactly their weather sealing is, and rightly so as it only takes one awkward rain drop to his the wrong part and you suddenly have a very expensive paper weight.
Following on from this, I go on to discuss how I went about photographing the cycling race, how many shots I took, and the camera settings that I went with in order to cover the full event.