Cold Weather Photography: Some Tips

While photographing in the cold make sure that you are ready for the occasion as poor planning will surely ruin your day once you have ventured out and you are not able to click even a single photograph. Make yourself comfortable while clicking in the wild as the winter season when everything gets draped in white is the best time to click in wilderness.

Its possible for you to see your breath in the cold, limbs go numb even after you have the gloves, shoes and socks in place. You need to avoid these situations as clicking out in the cold will surely keep you occupied with the task of keeping yourself warm rather than keeping your focus on clicking the awesome subjects that are available in abundance at that very moment.

You need to dress up appropriately for the occasion as the dress will go a long way in determining your comfort level. Long underwear and thick socks are good to start with as they will maintain the optimum body temperature. Insulating layers need to be put on the underwear in order to retain the warm body temperature and keep you warm in harsh weather conditions. Sweaters, Jackets, down clothing and insulated pants should be a part of the clothing depending upon the severity of the weather.

In case you are going out for long times make sure that you don’t get wet due to sweat while running or hiking. Make sure to put on clothes that will retain the heat for you thus clothing made of cotton are a strict no no. Layer of thin clothing are far better than clothes that are bulky. Make sure to have fingerless gloves that have a foldable over-mitt this will keep your hands warm and you are able to operate the camera as and when needed.

Be very particular about the batteries. Keep spare batteries at a place where they receive the body temperature continuously. Swap them frequently with he ones that are there in the camera. In extremely cold places put in the battery into the camera only when you require to click something. Another option that you can consider is having an external battery pack that can be operated with camera while it rests in your jacket pocket through a cord.

Metal surfaces are known to cool and freeze the skin; wrapping up the legs of the tripod will surely help one to keep the freezing option at bay. One needs to hold breath while composing a photograph to avoid fogging of the viewfinder and lenses. If you are in the northern latitudes make sure you are out clicking before the daylight disappears. While using film on a cold and dry day make sure that click only one photo per minute and wind the film as slowly as possible as films build up static electricity during these days and can damage all that you have captured so far.

Keep high calorie eatables with you along with a hot drink in a insulated flask so that you can get some respite from the chill that will eventually get to your limbs. Photographing in winters in the wild is an awesome experience only if you are able to cash in on the opportunity with the right techniques and proper planning.

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