7 Photography Tips for Cold Weather

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7 Photography Tips for Cold Weather

We hope these tips will help you get ready for shooting in subzero temperatures. Stay warm friends! 


When shooting in below-freezing weather, it is critical to have a fully charged set of batteries. Your batteries will discharge faster in cold temperatures, so always make sure you are shooting with a fully charged set. Always keep an extra set of batteries in your pocket so that it says warm. 


If you do a lot of shooting in the winter, you might find that fingerless gloves are very helpful. You want to be sure you always have access to your camera controls and dials. Get yourself some handwarmers to slip into your gloves and keep warm and maintain dexterity. 


When shooting in cold weather, or extreme conditions such as snow and sleet, try to avoid changing lenses because you can get moisture inside the camera body. The moisture or condensation can freeze and damage the camera. You never want moisture inside the body of your camera, so avoid changing your lenses outside at all costs. 


When you are done shooting, or you're going to take a break indoors, don't bring your camera into a warm place too quickly. Put your camera and lens into a plastic bag and seal them up before you bring them indoors. Once inside, place them in the coldest and driest area you can find so they can slowly warm up to the new temperature. It will fog up if you move the camera from a very cold to very warm place too quickly. Give your equipment time to acclimate. 


Always protect your camera and lenses. If it's raining or snowing, use a ready-made camera cover, or if you don't have one use a plastic bag rubber-banded around the camera to prevent the body and lens from getting wet. Keep your equipment as dry as possible, and avoid placing your camera bag in the snow as it may seep through and damage other items inside. 


It's always wise to have good cleaning wipes or a chamois lens cleaner with you. Your filter or front element can become moist from going in and out of cold temperatures, so having cleaning wipes or a chamois cloth can help you stay out there shooting longer. Keep tissues handy as well for your nose, as the cold air tends to bring on a case of the sniffles!  


Watch your exposure. If photographing in the bright sun: use a lens hood. Since the snow can act as a giant reflector, there is a greater chance of stray light reaching your lens and causing unwanted lens flare. Snow is bright and can be overpowering for your camera’s internal light meter. 

Thanks for reading our 7 Cold Weather Photography Tips!

If you have more tips and ideas for shooting in cold weather we'd love to hear them. Please leave a comment below! 

Photo by Raj Eiamworakul on Unsplash

Photo by Raj Eiamworakul

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