Cold Weather Conditions Photography Tips
January 20, 2011
Photographing in cold weather conditions are both challenging and fun. Challenging in a way because it presents danger not just to us, photographers, but also to our equipments. It’s fun because, only in this time of year can we get beautiful images of snow, frozen lakes, dried bare forest and a lot more. Since we still have 2 months remaining in winter time, this is a good time to share some tips for photographing in cold weather conditions.
- Be sure you have enough layers to keep your self warm, especially if you are planning to stay out in the cold late at night or for longer period of time.
- Prepare your gear accordingly.
- Make sure you pack along extra batteries, memory cards, silica gels, freezer bags(big ones).
- Make sure that all your batteries are charged.
- Batteries lose their charge more quickly in cold weather, to minimize this, put your batteries close to your body at all times to keep them warm. You can put them on your packets.
- Make sure you have easy access to your memory cards. I put them in the inner packets of my jacket and some on my bag. For maximum protection, you can also use products like Pelican 0940 Compact Flash Memory Card Protective Case or the cheaper Sandisk Flash Memory Card Case / Holder (SDAC-13) for SD, CF, MS, MMC, XD, MicroSD, both of them features a water resistant seal.
- If possible avoid changing lens outdoors. This way you avoid moisture and condensation getting inside your camera body.
- Placed your gear in a sealed bag before entering warm indoors. Freezer bags are perfect. Make sure you pack the big ones. Seal your camera in the bag, put them back on your gear bag and once inside set them down for at least 15 to 20mins or so, and let it get acclimated with the temperature indoor. Same thing goes when you bring your gear from warm to cold temperature. It’s also a good idea to pack along some silica gels and place them in your gear bag.
- Pack along rain covers like the Op/Tech 18″ SLR Rainsleeve or the OpTech Rainsleeve Flash 14″ Rain Cover for DSLR Cameras with Flash. Great protection for your camera body and lens. You can also use freezer bags as rain covers for protection. Here’s how.
- Make sure you have good protection for your hands to keep them warm to avoid numb fingers and frostbite. You can use gloves like these that were designed for photographers, Aquatech Sensory Gloves, Size: Medium, 7″ – 7.5″ – Black/Moss. Expensive but it really works. But not to worry I there are cheaper alternatives that works just the same, you can even find them at Walmart, Target or Lowes and Home Depot, Heat Factory Men’s Fold-Back Ragg Wool Gloves for use with Heat Factory Hand Warmers. Next time you’re at a local walmart go to the fishing/hunting section, they sell those Remington brands Fold-Back Ragg Wool Gloves.
- Keep your feet warm by wearing insulated boots with good traction.
- Remember, safety first, keep your self warm, be aware of your surroundings, always, always watch your step to avoid ice, this is a common source of injury.
- By considering these few simple steps, you can now have fun and make some beautiful winter pictures.
These tips were all based on my experience of photographing during winter times. If you think I missed some important points, or if you want to add something, this list, please feel free to contact me or you can post a comment below and I’ll be happy to add them here. Thanks.