Technique Tuesday – Quick Tip for Shooting in Harsh Conditions

When shooting in harsh conditions, it’s important to keep your equipment protected. Avoid exposing your camera’s image sensor to dirt and the elements by avoiding changing lenses in the field when conditions may be problematic. Having multiple camera bodies with a range of lenses attached keeps the sensor from being exposed, with the added benefit of allowing for quickly capturing different looks for your images by simply grabbing your second camera.

As you know, I am all about capturing a unique and compelling image regardless of your equipment. However, if you’re going to invest in the time to travel and photograph amazing places it pays to be prepared. If you’re looking into a second camera body, consider checking out some of the used equipment on the B&H website or your local camera stores. Be sure to pick something up that’s compatible with your current lenses. Although the latest and greatest cameras offer some spectacular features, finding a backup camera body in a range that fits your budget will ensure you never miss a shot!

Don’t forget that you can also rent camera bodies and lenses as well! Your local camera shops may rent equipment, and there are websites like that will ship rentals to you. This can be a great way to try before you buy, or simply ensure you have the best gear available if you’ve already invested money into traveling and participating in photo workshops.

4 Responses to “Technique Tuesday – Quick Tip for Shooting in Harsh Conditions”

  1. Bill Marson says:

    Great advice Art! Heading to Kenya next August for the Great Migration and will definitely carry two camera bodies (one full frame, one crop) — I plan to rent the crop. 🙂 Oh, and I jus picked up your “Africa” book from 2001! Great inspiration, as always.

  2. rana ahmed says:

    this is awesome post ever I saw

  3. Marcia says:

    I have a Canon 7d, I’m considering making it my back up and then upgrading to the 7d Mark ii, but am wondering if Canon is planning an upgrade to the mark ii. I shoot mainly wildlife and in particular birds. Any suggestions.

    • MichaelG says:

      I’d check with Canon’s website to keep abreast of new additions to the line. Also there are many vloggers that get pre-release cameras to test. I’m in the same boat. Do I get a 7DII or suck it up and get a 5D? Whatever you decide there’ll be a new iteration within 6 months.

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