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Shooting in Winter

Published December 19th, 2011

I am going to China next week where it is freezing. I have been there before in the winter and it is punishingly cold and taking photographs becomes a masochistic activity. With gloves, my fingers become clumsy and it is difficult to make changes in settings and/or shoot. Without gloves, they become almost frozen and then there is practically no mobility. How does one overcome this problem? I see so many spectacular winter shots and am left wondering, how people physically prepare for these shoots. Any help and advice in the right direction would be greatly helpful. Thanks in advance.

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Debashis Talukdar  almost 6 years ago

A couple of things to consider if you are shooting in winter...

a. Keeping warm is a bit of a learnt art. Consider investing in some pocket warmers (they retail for about $6 at outdoor gear stores). These are what I am referring to: - you can also get heat pads that you can attach to your body that will keep you toasty.
b. Keep your nerve endings warm - which means wear a good pear of insulated boots, and ensure that you keep them dry. Also, keep your head and ears covered at all times. For gloves, consider a lighter fingerless pair inside heavier full fingered gloves.
c. be wary of changes in temperature for your equipment, especially when going from a cold environment to a warm environment. This causes condensation on lenses and the inner parts of your camera. When you finish shooting outdoors, and come in-doors to a warm environment, be sure to open your SLR up and allow the lenses and the body enough time to dry out.
d. Always eat a hearty meal before heading out - you will find that when the body has fuel, it deals with the cold a lot better than when its running on empty.