The topic of this week’s tip is the humble plastic bag. Just as you should never set out on a journey without a banana, so you should never set out on a photo shoot without a plastic bag. This is Ireland, where it rains on at least 150 days every year, and even more in the West of the country, which means that there is an excellent chance that, when you go out with the camera, it will rain. So when it rains, and you are just getting the camera nicely set up on the tripod, you take out the plastic bag and cover the camera, and if it is windy put on a couple of elastic bands (you did bring them, didn’t you?) to hold it in place. Even if your camera is nominally weatherproof, covering it will help, and at least will make it less unpleasant to handle when the shower passes.
Now of course you might get lucky and be out on the day it doesn’t rain. But if it isn’t raining today it almost certainly was yesterday, and the grass is still damp, so when you go down on one knee to get that better angle, how do you stop your trousers getting wet? Why, by kneeling on the plastic bag, of course.