It's the middle of August and the beach, the seatbelts in our cars and all of our metal camera gear is searing hot!
On this week's episode of "Shooting the Shot" we’re discussing how we take pictures for The News Herald every day in the hottest weather that Panama City has to offer.
Our first tip, and possibly the most important tip, is to just drink water throughout the day.
Joshua and I both keep metal water bottles full of ice water or iced tea in our cars. I recommend also keeping a small cooler full of water and ice in your vehicle. Joshua recommends finding a steel water bottle that you can take with you throughout the day.
Our second tip is to dress for the assignments you expect to cover, but keep backup items for things that might come up in your vehicle. Photojournalists never know exactly what kind of day they will have because of breaking news.
I tend to keep a change of clothes and a pair of hiking boots in my car just in case I get soaked by water at the beach or I suddenly need to be at a fancy dinner party after photographing a muddy soccer match.
Joshua recommends wearing sandals whenever shooting photos on the beach.
"You gotta ventilate," he said.
Fishing shirts are also popular with local freelance photographers because they're lighter colors, have pockets and are breathable. Photo vests are practical but not great for digital photography.
Our third tip is for every photographer to know how the heat can affect their camera gear. We both, fortunately, use Canon gear. Longer Canon lenses are typically painted white and tend to reflect heat instead of becoming incredibly hot to the touch.
Overheating digital cameras, like people, typically need time to cool down. It’s okay to take breaks. Joshua and I both recommend never leaving DSLR camera bodies in hot vehicles.
Listen to our show for more tips on how to beat the summer heat!
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