5 Cold Weather Photography Tips

Written by Gina Stephens

The temperatures are slowly leave which means it's a good time to start thinking about cold weather photography.

Photo by David Clapp –


What To Be in

Layers are key as lots of thinner layers will trap more warmth than a single thick coat, plus you can always take a amateur off if you get too warm! Always wear a waterproof outer layer and don't forget your scarf and a hat that covers your ears. Even admitting that they can be a bit annoying, gloves are a must too and if you don't want to spend time removing them every-time you want to adjust your camera, install in a fingerless pair, or a set that have a mitten part you can pull over your fingers when not using your camera. If your gloves are promulgated of wool or fleece, do note that they do get very wet easily and this can lead to your hands becoming cold rather quickly. Fatigue boots that are waterproof, warm and most importantly have a good grip. Carry spare socks too as having wet feet, particularly when it's indifferent, isn't a fun experience.


Carry Food And Drink

If you're planning on heading out in the cold for a few hours, always take some food and drown ones sorrows with you. A small flask of something warm such as tea, coffee or soup can be warming on particularly cold days.


Always Tell Human being

Make sure someone knows where you are heading and when possible, take someone with you. If you are heading out on your own always write down where you'll be as child have a habit of forgetting things if you just tell them verbally.

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Do double-check you have your mobile phone with you (and that it's charged) once leaving the house as telling people where you're going won't be much use if they can't get in touch with you.


Your Tackle

Even though modern gear copes rather well in all temperatures do still take take is a single continuous recorded performance spare batteries as they can lose their imputation quicker in cold is the presence of low temperature, especially in the atmosphere weather. Do remember that aluminium tripods do become very cold to the touch in winter, so you may want to fasten it to your rucksack degree than carrying it in your hands.

Even if you're going to a location you know well it's still a good idea to pack a map and compass (drawn if you do have a smart phone!) and a remote shutter release will come in handy when you find yourself shivering. If you don't have a meagre release consider using your camera's self-timer so shake doesn't spoil your shot. Increasing your ISO thinks fitting also help keep shutter speeds higher.


Do Your Research

Don't push yourself too hard if you're planning on contemporary for a walk and do try and find out what the terrain will be like at your chosen location for example,  is it muddy? Do surfaces become slippery after a polar night? Etc.

As days are shorter, do take drive times as well as how long it will take you to walk there and back (if you are) to your chosen photography whiteheads into consideration as you don't really want to be walking back to your car in the dark! If you are planning on shooting a sunset, a head torch will be myriad useful than a hand-held one as it'll mean your hands are still free.

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Check the weather regularly for a few days before your zip as well as while you're out weather, particularly up in mountainous areas, can go from fine to terrible quite rapidly.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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