How To Shoot In Cold Weather

Chris Dodkin

West Coast Correspondent
Probably should have posted this for last week, looking at Blighty's weather!

Any way - Nat Geo have asked Husband-and-wife team Cotton Coulson and Sisse Brimberg to provide tips for shooting in cold weather:


Tips for Shooting in the Cold

  • When shooting in below-freezing weather, it is critical to have a fully charged set of batteries, since the cold temperatures can quickly drain them. Should your battery discharge too early, you can extend its life by placing it in a warm pocket, close to your body, to warm it up. Remember to always bring along two batteries: one for the camera and another to be kept charging in your cabin or room.
  • When shooting in cold weather, or extreme conditions such as snow and sleet, it's important not to change your lenses outdoors. You never want to get moisture or condensation inside the camera body.
  • Be careful bringing your camera inside a warm house or cabin from the cold outdoors. Put your cameras and lenses into a plastic bag and seal them up before you bring them indoors. Once inside, place them in the coldest area you can find so they slowly warm up to the new temperature.
  • We always travel and shoot with rain covers (after all, snow is wet) to prevent the bodies and lenses from getting damp. Even the pro cameras, which are sturdier, need protection. Some systems even have an O ring on the lens to keep moisture from getting into the camera body.
  • We always try to bring along liners and fingerless gloves when we shoot in cold weather. Set up a system that works for you, one that allows you to shoot with your fingers and stay warm in between shots. You want to be sure you always have access to your camera controls and dials.
  • It's always wise to have a good chamois lens cleaner with you. Who knows when you might want to clean your filter or front element that has become moist from going in and out of cold temperatures.
  • Know where your CF (CompactFlash) and SD (Secure Digital) cards are stored. We suggest buying a weatherproof container to store them in. The last thing you want to do is lose or drop your valuable photos in the snow. It also protects the wilderness from photo debris.
another tip one which I will be doing myself today is under the fingerless gloves pop on a pair of latex gloves you still get full control of the camera's dials and buttons and they really are great for keeping cold out!
i have heard about your latex fetish

great advice chris......!