Cold Climate Shooting
The winter temperatures are dropping into downright uncomfortable territory in some parts of the country. Photographers wishing to capture the season's landscapes and snowfall will need to take a few things into consideration and take a some precautions as well. Here are our top tips for cold climate shooting:
Snow Shots: All snow shots are not created equal. For example, the amount of snowfall you're experiencing during your session can make a big impact on both your images and your equipment. If it's just a matter of snow flurries, shield your camera from the elements by keeping it under your jacket close to your body (to keep it warm) until you're ready to shoot. Consider our new Ansel Photographer's Shooting Vest to keep all your accessories close at hand and protected while you're shooting in difficult weather conditions.
If you're in the midst of a heavy snow storm, make sure you have a quality waterproof plastic housing bag because water getting into certain areas of your camera body and lens can create substantial damage to the internal circuitry. Don't risk it-- reconsider pulling out your DSLR in these conditions if you don't have the right gear to protect it.
You'll also want to keep a microfiber cleaning cloth handy to wipe away any drops that might land on your lens and interfere with your view.
Shooting in snowy conditions means taking extra precautions and making sure that you've got the right gear for the particular environment.
Condensation Concerns: Condensation can be an issue anytime you bring your DSLR from a cold environment outdoors back into a warmer environment such as a car or back to your home. Condensation is the moisture that is created when cold and warm climates come together at the same time, and moisture invading any aspect of your digital camera can result in substantial damage.
Using a plastic bag to protect your camera is another way of battling condensation. By placing your digital camera inside the bag--and to this while still outside and not after entering the warmer indoors--the condensation will collect on the inside surface of the plastic bag rather than on the camera.
Try to ease into the temperature change if at all possible. Some experts recommend placing the camera on a windowsill or in an unheated area where the equipment will gradually warm up rather than being subject to a harsh temperature shift.
Battery Backup: Did you know that your camera batteries don't run as effectively when used in cold weather? It's true! Keep your batteries warm by keeping your camera inside your jacket or close to your body when you aren't shooting. You'll also want to bring an extra fully charged battery or two just to make sure you don't run out of power partway through a shoot. Store them in a warm place like inside your gloves or an extra hat or even inside your shirt pocket if possible.
Winter weather offers some spectacular shooting opportunities. Taking a few cold-weather precautions can position you to capture some incredible snowy landscapes.