Some of the best pictures ever were taken in extreme cold weather. You might have already known this, but the snow and ice can make for terrific landscape shots. You can as well capture exceptional photographs of animals that can only be seen during extreme cold weathers. You can get some truly fantastic winter shots from shooting beautiful snow covered landscapes to chasing the northern lights as far as the light is right.
Despite opportunities to get beautiful shots, cold weather also offers unique challenges to every photographers and it is not just about getting cold fingers.
What is good about modern photography is that we now have the tools to navigate and withstand even an extreme cold weather for extended periods of time. With proper attire and quality DSLR batteries, you can remain and work in inhospitable landscapes for hours and get all sorts of nice shots.
In the next few paragraphs, I will give you a few pointers that will help you learn how you can take great shots when the weather is very cold.
1. Dress for Success
It is very obvious that you will be able to get more creative and have fun when working if you are comfortable with your dressing. It is extreme important that you wear proper clothing for the weather condition. The last thing you want is to be cold, wet, and miserable while out shooting in cold weather.
Wear waterproof shell pants or insulated ski pants, boots, jacket, and top. Cover your face and also your hands with thin windproof gloves.
2. Take Spare Batteries
In cold weather, spare batteries are extremely important since cold weather is known to kill batteries. To save yourself from having to run out of battery power when you need it the most, you should carry extra batteries and keep them warm at all times. Put the battery in your pant pocket so that the heat from your body will help to protect them from discharging until you need them.
3. Invest in Right Gloves
It is important you stay comfortable when shooting in cold weather. Investing in quality thin knit gloves will allow you to access your camera easily. It will also protect you from the weather effect. Thin gloves are recommended. When you use thick ones, they can keep you warmer but makes it harder to press any buttons on the camera.
4. Insulate Your Tripod
Tripods are great when you are out shooting in the cold, they can help you to achieve stabilization. However, tripods made from aluminum are great conductors of cold. When they get cold in the field, the cold can be transferred to your hand if you try to adjust it. The best option to militate against this is to wrap the upper portion of each tripod leg with foam pipe insulation.
5. Shoot with Great Light
Sun tends to stay much lower in the sky during the winter months. This usually translates to more pleasing light throughout the day and you can take advantage of this to capture awesome images. Shooting in the morning is best if you want to shoot beautiful landscapes. Another time is late afternoon. These two periods are when you can get great light to shoot the best photos.
6. Invest in Quality Camera Bag
A good camera bag is a must if you want to shoot in the cold. Not just any bag, but impenetrable bag with zippers. This bag will protect your gear until you are ready to shoot. I recommend you get a bag designed for this purpose as it will have adequate and necessary amount of padding to keep your gear protected.
7. Buy Skin and Eye Protection
If you don't take the necessary precautions, a clear bright day can make for some extremely bright conditions if there is snow on the ground. This condition can be literally blinding. You can get a condition known as "photokeratitis" otherwise known as "snow blindness" if you stay unprotected too long in this kind of extreme condition.
Apart from getting your eyes infected, you can as well get sunburn on your skin. It is recommended that you invest in quality skin and eye protection to avoid after-effects of shooting in the sun. If the weather is cold, you will benefit by using chemical heat packs to keep your hands and feet warm. Since you will be handling very cold camera equipments, it is necessary that you use the heat packs to provide hours of warmth to your hands.
Shooting in cold weather conditions requires that you prepare adequately for the occasion. You should ensure you keep yourself protected and comfortable, next up is to keep your camera protected and your batteries warm. Target to shoot in the morning and late afternoons so you can get the best photos.