10 Tips for the Video Producer on Location in Summer’s Heat

July 16, 2013

by Jennifer O’Rourke, VideoMaker

photo with a camcorder sitting next to a thermometer set at 110-degrees

Every season I think this is the most fun (or worst condition) to shoot in, but summer’s sizzling, scorching, sultry heat is indeed a special challenge.

In the winter, a video producer needs to protect gear from the extreme cold and drizzle from the rain and snow. In the summer you have to protect your gear from the extreme heat… and splashes from water adventures.

I was sitting on a hot dusty slab of tar the other day in the middle of no-where, shooting a field of sunflowers drying in the scalding sun. The torrid heat was almost unbearable and as I sat there, sweating and feeling grumpy, I thought, “didn’t I just do this very same shot last year?”

It takes a lot to drag yourself out into 100-degree heat, and your gear doens’t like it much, either. Before venturing into the boiling cauldron, check out our 5 tips for the video producer to take care of their gear while on location, followed by 5 tips to shooting great outdoor summer-time fun.

First – Protection. Summer’s heat, water, sun and fun can hurt your video camera more than winter’s weather!

1. Your Vehicle: You know about leaving kids and dogs alone in a hot car, well, the same concerns can apply to your expensive gear.

  • If you can take just one item with you when you are scouting your location, take the camera, leave the rest of the gear in the car.
  • If you have to leave the camera in the car, the trunk can actually be cooler than the backseat. The reason is the windows and the sun – you do the math.
  • Pack your gear for the heat by using a cooler bag or store it in your hard travel case with foam insulation. (NOTE – Without ice!) The cooler bag keeps the sun from reaching your gear, and for a bonus – potential thieves will think it’s just your lunch instead of an expensive camera inside!
  • Wrap your camera in a thick towel before placing it in your soft-bag, this helps insulate it, then put your bag within a second bag or a cooler bag.
  • I put a an ice brick in a small ice-chest or cooler bag, then place that in a bigger one with the rest of my gear. (not my camera.) This helps keep it cool and lessens the possibility of condensation.

2. Condensation…

Click here to see the remaining 10 Tips for the Video Producer on Location in Summer’s Heat

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