It’s hot out there!

We are smack in the middle of summer and this heat is not letting up. However, it’s also the ideal season for getting out, traveling, and getting a lot of amazing shots. While one can’t control the weather, one can consider a few ways to not only making sure gear is kept out of its temperature danger zone; but, to also beat the heat while on a job or photographing for fun.

Here are our top five ways photographers can beat the heat.

When it comes to gear…

  • Travel light: It’s already hot. There is no need to add to the odds of breaking a sweat by adding a bunch of heavy gear.
  • Where’s the lens cap?: When not in use, make sure your lens is covered and out of the sun.
  • Watch out for condensation: Condensation is a big tech no-no.
  • Invest in an insulated camera bag: Save up to keep your expensive gear nice and cool.
  • Consult the manual – Know your temperature limits!
  • Regular Housekeeping: Clean cameras and lenses clean, and don’t forget to store batteries separately.

Now for the fun stuff.

Two words…beach camping.

Photo: Kimson Doan

Cool breezes and amazing sunsets? Sign me up! Just do your best to keep gear sand-free (and don’t forget the sunscreen). Not to mention, break out that waterproof action camera to capture some one-on-one ocean time.

When was the last time you went stargazing?

Photo: Clarisse Meyer

Brush up on those night photography skills while taking advantage of cooler temperatures.

All Aboard!

Photo: Rathish Gandhi

Let someone else do the driving while you spend hours taking breathtaking photos of landscapes, people, clouds, sunrises, and sunsets. Extra points if your train has an observation car!

Go for distance

Sometimes, in order to beat the heat and ensure one’s gear will always be clear of the danger heat zone, one has to hit the road in search of more pleasant climates. For instance, So Cal residents often embark on the scenic and totally doable 6-hour road trip to San Francisco.

Photo: Michael Hirsch

According to Budget Travel, “in summer, ocean breezes and the city’s famous fog deliver daytime temps around 67 and lows around 54.” That means, one stays nice and cool while trying to get that perfect shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Or, if you don’t mind air travel, Norway could be one’s ideal summer getaway.

Photo: Philipp Lublasser

According to Vogue, “travel to Bergen, Norway, to experience a blend of cool temps (61–64 degrees is the average) and lush summertime flora. Visitors can hike on glaciers at Breheimen, wander through birch forests in the Jotunheimen National Park, and relax in the Mørkrisdalen valley.”

Get that passport ready!

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