Rainy Day Football Photography Tips

Pictured above: Canon 40D with Canon 70-200 f2.8 and lens hood.

Although shooting in the rain can be tough on equipment, it is well worth the effort. The wet, muddy fields often create unique photo opportunities uncommon to fair weather games. The Canon 40D is weather sealed better than previous models, and can stand up to a bit of rain. Nevertheless, I don't want to take any chances, so I place a clear plastic shower cap over body of the camera. Using this inexpensive solution allows me to still see through viewfinder, and work the dials. Even though "L" lenses are designed to withstand some wet weather, I take a few simple steps to help keep the lens fairly dry. I simply lay a microfiber cloth on top of the barrel. I also use a lens hood which blocks the rain from hitting the front element. From time to time I gently wipe the glass dry with a different microfiber cloth. At half time, I retreat to the car, and pat everything down with dry hand towels. I allow it to air out for a few minutes with the windows slightly open. This helps to reduce the condensation, and clears any fog from the front of the lens.