Winter Photography, Playing it Safe

Landscape Photography can be challenging during the winter freeze. By using the right equipment you can overcome those difficulties which is greatly rewarded by beautiful winter landscapes.

Usually even a digital camera can endure very harsh cold, even though often the instruction manual states something like 0 degrees. This is an extra measure by camera manufacturers so that they are not responsible for the camera being in extreme conditions. Common sense is needed and it will be just fine. The minor downside is that the LCD screen can slow down a bit.

A bigger downside however is that the battery lifetime is reduced significantly, therefore it is advised to keep the battery separate in a warm place, like your inside pocket for example when not in use. Prepare a lot of battery power for longer shoots outdoors.

When you take the objective outside form the warm, the rapid change in temperature collects moisture inside the lens. Once the camera has properly cooled down the moisture disappears. This can take anywhere between 10minutes to an hour. You can take the camera outdoors beforehand to make sure it has properly adjusted to the cold. This also helps the camera to adjust in snowing conditions so that the snow flakes don’t immediately melt once they hit the camera.

Never breath towards the camera since this will create fog. Or if you want to clear your camera from the snow for example blowing it would melt the snow, making it wet. Moisture is the worst enemy of a camera and therefore the most dangerous time is when you bring it back to the warm. The trick for this is to remove the memory card and place the camera inside the camera bag but leave it outside for a gradual change in temperature.

Hope this helps to keep winter photography fun & safe! -Joann

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