Useful Photography Tip #37: Dealing with the Heat

Yes, the girl or guy or ‘thing from that planet’ is totally hot, but that’s not what I’m talking about. I am talking about the weather, the brutally hot kind. It is the kind of heat that slows you down and makes the world goes still. The sort of temperatures that in which iced coffee is not enough to refresh you. The heat can be a beast to you and your photography.

Here are some ways to deal with it. And if you really have this problem a lot, check out our other list.

Take Care of Yourself

It is key to make sure you take the proper precautions when the weather gets frightfully hot. If you are shooting outside, dress for it. It is good to dress in light colors and breathable fabrics for you and your model, if you are using one. Essentially, keep everything uncomplicated and clean while paying close attention to your hydration. Carry light bags like the Lowepro Event messenger150 or a Retrospective 30

Take Care of Your Camera Gear

Don’t leave your gear in the car that is the most important thing to remember. Extreme heat and camera gear do not mix. Avoid constantly going in and out of air conditioning. This will help you avoid condensation on your lens. Keep silica gel packets in your bag, it helps absorb moisture. I suggest this for winter and summer. Condensation, over time, can lead to fungus growth in your lens. If you do get condensation on your lens, make sure you have a dry lens cloth available. Also when it’s hot, it’s good to carry your lightest gear.

Pre-Visualize

Plan your outdoor shots, and create a shot list. Shoot with a Micro Four Thirds or your DSLR and a prime lens. The less weight you carry, the less work it is. Keep things as minimalist as possible and if you need to use extra gear, bring an assistant to help you do things more efficiently. This will help you limit your time in the heat. Don’t be afraid to reschedule either. It’s better to let a shot go if the heat is too oppressive.

In the End

In the heat, it is good to put on a pleasant face and pretend everything is fine. It wears on you though, and it will affect your photography. Take precautions. Be safe and realize sometimes you just have to stay in, relax, and hide from the heat.

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Gevon Servo

Gevon Servo aka @GServo is an eclectic, NJ/NY Photographer. He’s a Nikon shooter, by choice nevertheless, will always test any piece of photography equipment. He believes that like ‘Photography’, ‘Coffee’,’Beer’ and ‘Comics Books’ and other things ‘Geek’ “You must try everything once to discover what you want to try again.