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5 Helpful Cold Weather Camera Tips for New Photographers

5 Helpful Cold Weather Camera Tips for New Photographers

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If you’re just easing your way into photography, and find yourself in a chillier location this winter  – might we suggest getting familiar with keeping your gear safe? Once you’ve gotten more acquainted with your camera’s features, this should definitely be a top priority! To help you get started we’ve found these 5 great tips on protecting your gear this winter, via iheartfaces. Do you have anything else you’d like to add to this list? Share with us in the comments.

LET YOUR CAMERA ACCLIMATE
Perhaps the most important step on this list. The first thing to remember before shooting in the cold is to avoid exposing your gear to drastic temperature changes. If condensation is allowed to build up inside your lenses or camera, this could cause irreparable damage.

To avoid this from happening, get your gear ready by placing it in your car for about 15 minutes before you plan on leaving for your shoot. This gives your equipment a chance to acclimate to the temperature outside. It will help you lessen the chances of having your lens, mirror, or viewfinder fog up.

Try your hardest to not change lenses when you’re shooting during a snowfall, or if there is any chance water may get inside. If you absolutely must make a switch, find a dry and covered place to do so. Once you’ve finished up for the day, leave your gear in the car again before bringing it back indoors.

PACK AN EXTRA BATTERY
It’s an unfortunate fact, but your batteries will lose way more power when they are out in low temperatures. This can obviously cause a ton of issues for you if you’re on location and run out of juice for your camera.

You can conserve some battery power by keeping your equipment as warm as possible while outside. Keep everything close to your body, and either under your jacket or in your pockets when they aren’t in use. This includes your camera, batteries, lenses, and memory cards.

Finally, always bring a fully charged, spare battery along with you. You never know when it will come in handy!

MAKE SURE YOUR FINGERS STAY WARM
This tip is a given, but still important to keep in mind! You won’t get much quality work done if you can’t feel your fingers. Invest in a warm set of gloves, preferably with a flap that lets your fingers free. For even better results, get yourself a pair of gloves that are compatible with a touch screen device. This way you have some grip, and can keep all of your skin covered.

KEEP YOUR GEAR DRY
A super important tip to remember throughout your entire shoot. Keep everything as dry as possible. Especially if there is any kind of precipitation outside. Invest in some rain covers for your lenses and body if you think this is a situation you’ll often encounter.

If you’d prefer to not buy covers, improvise and poke a hole in the bottom of a plastic bag to pull over your camera. Stick just the edge of the lens through the hole while shooting. Always keep a lens friendly cloth on hand, so that you can continuously wipe your gear down.

KEEPS TABS ON YOUR MEMORY CARDS
Be kind to your memory cards when shooting in the cold weather. Don’t fall victim to damaging your cards, and losing the entire progress of your shoot. Know where they are at all times, and keep them dry, and as warm as possible.

If you want to be extra vigilant with your cards, pick yourself up a weatherproof case to store them in. When you get back home after your shoot, don’t rush loading them! Give them a bit of time to warm up first.

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