Winter is coming. Scratch that — winter is here. Are you prepared to brave the cold to keep shooting? Check out these cold weather photography tips.
David Flores of B&H Photo has several key tips to share in this video to make your next cold weather photo outing a successful one. Aside from buying all new gear to better fit the season, as much as B&H I’m sure would appreciate that, there are some basic takeaways here that can help starting today with what you already own.
As a nature photographer that’s lived in the northern states of Wisconsin and Minnesota all my life, I have to say that much of the cold weather preparedness is blown a bit out of proportion to its real-life importance. Sure, my camera will act a little slower and my ol’ Gitzo tripod, even though carbon fiber, becomes a pain to extend and retract, but in the moment these aren’t anything more than a slight inconvenience. Batteries… true, you should keep spares near your body for heat so you can keep on clicking, but I think the most important thing above all else is to just bundle up and keep warm. Nothing ruins the creative mood faster than being cold. I have no problem staying creative and excited to be photographing in the cold, even if the lens isn’t autofocusing at peak performance, as long as I’m warm.
What are your own cold weather photography tips?
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