Taking quality pictures outside during our cold Canadian winters can be challenging. It’s important to understand that your camera is just as sensitive to the cold as you are! Even if we are having a pretty mild winter this year across Canada, below zero weather still means you need to take extra precautions to avoid the worst.
Here are 5 simple tips that will help you avoid bad surprises and get great outdoor pictures:
Tip #1: Cold Weather vs Batteries
First thing is to always remember that cold weather drains batteries quicker. Always keep a spare set of batteries with you when you’re about to spend a long day in the cold with your camera. If your batteries run and out and you don’t have replacement ones, put them in your pocket (as close as possible to your body) to warm them up for a bit. This will temporarily extend their life.
Tip #2: Beware of Condensation and Moisture
Don’t change your lenses outdoors when it’s cold or snowy outside. This is particularly important for those of you using high-end equipment. You don’t want moisture or condensation to accumulate inside the camera body and ruin your equipment. Repairing cameras can be very expensive!
Tip #3: Try Different Angles
Always shoot the same subject from different angles. Sun and snow can make a weird combination sometimes and trick your camera sensor. Take photos from different angles to get the perfect shot!
Tip #4: Protect Your Photos
Invest in a weatherproof container to store your SD or CF cards. The last thing you want is losing all your photos because your cards fell in the snow and became unreadable. We also recommend investing in SanDisk Extreme cards, which are better suited for cold & unpredictable weather conditions.
Tip #5: Keep Your Hands Warm
Consider wear fingerless gloves! It’s very hard to shoot without gloves when it’s -15, but it’s also very hard to shoot with the traditional thick winter gloves since pressing the right buttons on the camera can become difficult. Professional photographers prefer fingerless gloves because they keep your hands warm while allowing you to manipulate your camera easily.
Now go out and enjoy winter while it lasts!