Photo Tip #3792: Keep your lens from fogging up

English: San Francisco in fog

English: San Francisco in fog (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Ever have the problem of your lens fogging when you go from a cold area to a warm area?

Here’s a tip that you can use to keep that from happening and it will only cost you $2.

It feels like Christmas here in Argentina. The skies are grey and the weather has put a whole new meaning in the word “chilly”.

To go from the frigid outside to the warm inside of a building can cause the glass int he lens to fog up.

In North America where it’s hot and summertime, the same potential problem exists; except instead of going into a warm area, you’re going into a cooler area from the warm outdoors, but it’s the same problem — only in reverse.

Go to the store and pick up a bar of Ivory* soap. Don’t get Irish Spring or something else, get Ivory.

Lightly rub the bar of soap over your lens and make sure you don’t leave any big chunks.

Once you’ve covered the glass with the Ivory, LIGHTLY buff the glass with a clean cloth until you can’t visibly see any soap.

The residue left will be enough to protect the lens and keep it from fogging, but not so thick that it will interfere with the shots.

*I’m not getting paid for boosting Ivory for this tip. The reason to use Ivory? It’s the only soap without additives. It’s pure and won’t ruin your glass with potentially harmful chemicals such as perfumes or something else.

What tip have you come up with lately. Be sure to share it in the comment section below.

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 Jerry Nelson is a freelance photojournalist from America.  His latest book of photography, Suenitos tells the story of the only daycare inside the dangerous Hidden City.  Now based in Argentina, he continues to turn his lens on social justice issues around the globe.  Connect with Jerry on MosaicHub, Facebook or LinkedIn today.  Have a story that needs to reach national media?  Email him today.

In addition to being photo editor for the Internet’s largest collection of Travel Articles, Outbounding, he is also the lead photographer for BuenosTours, the specialists in private walking tours of Buenos Aires

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