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Pro Video Tips is designed for busy videographers like you. This series brings you a new tip every week, on everything from controlling reflections to hiding mics. Host Anthony Q. Artis covers shooting techniques for particular video challenges like portraits, tools to help you control light and judge exposure, and advice for the traveling videographer, such as putting together a great lens kit or packing a truck. Come back every Tuesday for a new round of tips.
Another common problem you're going to encounter sooner or later when shooting with action cameras is fogging. Fogging or steaming up on the lens occurs when there's a difference between the temperature of the camera and the case. And the water it's submerged in. So humid or cold conditions are much more likely to cause a problem. Fogging is definitely something that you want to stay vigilant of because it's heartbreaking to end a great run. Pop your footage on a laptop only to discover that the shot you thought you got turned out to be the shot that's not.
Fortunately, there are several solutions that can help you avoid this common problem. One of the simplest and most common tricks is to just lick the lens right before you hit the water. Licking the inside of the lens or wiping a little spit on it. Is the same trick many scuba divers and snorkelists use to keep their masks from fogging up. But if you haven't yet acquired a taste for camera lenses, or if I totally just grossed you out, there are a few other ways to prevent fogging. So apart from good old fashioned, cheap and easy spit, GoPro makes little anti-fog inserts that you can order online.
There are also spray on anti-flog solutions that you can coat your lens with made by Speedo or Cabela and many other manufacturers. You can find these anti-fog solutions in the camera supply store. Or in the swimming section of a sporting goods store. Similarly, you can make your own down and dirty anti-fog spray by mixing half baby shampoo and half water in a small spray bottle. Shake it up, then apply to the inside of the lens housing. And another big tip that will help you avoid fogging the camera lens, is, if you keep your camera submerged in the water as much as possible.
It will stay closer to the water temperature and will be much slower to fog up.
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