It’s the end of January and winter it only half over. I don’t know about you, but around this time winter seems to drag a bit. I love the snow and I’ve made peace with the cold temperatures, but it’s nice to not have to scrape off your car windows in the morning. Aside from winter and it’s small annoyances (cabin fever anyone??), it’s a wonderful time to take your camera outside and shoot.
Photography and creating images is not a 3-season hobby. Luckily for photographers, our cameras don’t mind the cold as much as we do. Now, that’s not to say our cameras won’t freeze up at very low temperatures, but there are a ton of ways to protect yourself and your camera.
There are two very good articles I’ve found on the internet. The first one is from the New York Institute of Photography. It takes you through the different scenarios to protect your equipment in the snow and low temperatures. This second post is from Canon and it really simplifies shooting outside and how to adjust your camera settings to compensate for the white snow.
One additional tool that I have found helpful for winter shooting are Ziploc bags. In the NYIP article, the author mentioned that when you go from a cold, dry environment (i.e. outside) to a warm, humid environment (i.e. inside), condensation will build up on your camera. You can help protect your equipment by sealing your camera/len(s) inside a Ziploc bag before going inside. Since some of my equipment is not pocket size, I like to use the Ziploc Big Bags, but you can use any size you have on hand.
I hope this helps and remember, bundle up and get outside and SHOOT, SHOOT, SHOOT!