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Taping swing in the rain?

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After about two and a half years of off-and-on-and-back-etc golf, I've decided it needs to be re-prioritized in my life. I've scheduled "golf appointments" in my schedule and am going to plan around practicing (and learning how to practice, which I've recently discovered I don't actually know how to do) and playing. My plan was to post a swing video later this week (I need to film it, which is why of this post). I finally have time at the end of this week (Friday and the weekend, to be exact), and will have time to devote to practice for the next many months (not every day, but the next many months have a better schedule), and I've set aside specific times to do so. The problem: it's expected to rain. I've heard it's going to be somewhat bad, at least by local standards. [b]My question[/b]: Is it possible to make a swing video that can receive useful feedback in the 'member swings' section during such weather? My camera isn't anything designed for the rain (I think... Canon PowerShot Elph 110 HS), but I have a tripod, and the range I'm planning to go to (Sepulveda/Balboa in Encino) has a covered area and mats. My goal is that, with the resulting video and responses, as well as catching up on the relevant "how to practice properly" threads, I'll be able to form a practice plan, post a follow-up video, and so on. I'd also like to be able to find out if I'm filming properly, as I (really do) intend to sign up for Evolvr online lessons going forward (especially with my schedule opening in the coming month and remaining open for many).
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I film a lot of my swings in the covered area of the driving range, unfortunately we get quite a bit of rain and if I wouldn't go practice in the rain I'd have weeks of not hitting balls at all, lol. You won't need footage of the ballflight so as long as there's enough room to film yourself swinging from the front and down the line and there's sufficient light for your camera to work you should be ok.

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As long as there's enough light and the camera is out of the rain, you should be okay.
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Rain? LA? Shakes head... Does... not... compute... :-)

If it's not windy/raining sideways-ish, try something like this, very cheap:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/891383-REG/ruggard_rc_p18_18_plastic_rain_cover.html

I bring my raincoat with me so I can put it over myself and the camera when I playback. The raincoat is also useful when it's too sunny.

or this: http://www.amazon.com/Raincover-Dustcover-Diameter-MagicFiber-Microfiber/dp/B004I2HBR6/ref=lp_3346261_1_13?s=photo&ie;=UTF8&qid;=1393440878&sr;=1-13

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Thanks for the feedback! [quote name="CBO" url="/t/72732/taping-swing-in-the-rain#post_955244"]I film a lot of my swings in the covered area of the driving range, unfortunately we get quite a bit of rain and if I wouldn't go practice in the rain I'd have weeks of not hitting balls at all, lol. You won't need footage of the ballflight so as long as there's enough room to film yourself swinging from the front and down the line and there's sufficient light for your camera to work you should be ok. [/quote] Yeah. It's a little unfortunate that I haven't been able to during so much good weather, only to have availability on a day where rain is expected :/ Good to know it's not unheard of. [quote name="jamo" url="/t/72732/taping-swing-in-the-rain#post_955246"]As long as there's enough light and the camera is out of the rain, you should be okay.[/quote] I don't think light will be the issue. My biggest concern now is how much water my camera can handle. It's not a big one, like in +nevets88's picture. I wonder if putting a gym towel over it will be fine. I think we're expecting something like 2" of rain over a few days, so maybe that won't be enough to destroy the camera. Still, I'd rather keep the camera usable. The other issue is that the covered area covers some range mats, but doesn't extend significantly back, so I think the camera and tripod would be in the rain for down the line taping (unless the range is swamped -- and, given the weather, city, and day, it probably won't be -- I'll be able to pick an area where caddie view keeps the camera dry). [quote name="nevets88" url="/t/72732/taping-swing-in-the-rain#post_955256"]Rain? LA? Shakes head... Does... not... compute... :-)   [/quote] I'm told it's a once in a generation thing ;-) Or at least rare enough where I don't plan to buy rain gear for the camera. I have a rain coat somewhere...
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