In Minnesota, life goes on despite desperately cold temperatures. And photography can, too, although not always happily. Using your camera in below zero temperatures won’t hurt it but there are some precautions you’ll want to take.
1. Bring extra batteries. Extreme cold will drain your batteries very quickly. Sometimes within 20 minutes. Keep your spare battery inside your coat, close to your body where it can stay warm. When the one you’re using seems dead, switch them out. Once the first battery has warmed up again, you might get some extra use out of it.
2. The same way your glasses fog up after you’ve been out in the cold and come inside, your camera glass does the same. Condensation is not terrific for camera gear. Take a Ziploc bag with you when you’re out and put your camera inside it when you’re done. This will prevent moisture from getting on your camera. Keep it in your camera bag when you bring it in the house and let it slowly acclimate to the warmer temperatures before you take it out (30 min – 1 hour).
3. A pair of fingerless gloves makes it easier to use the camera controls without having to remove the gloves altogether.
With a predicted high of 15, today might be a perfect time to try out these tips. Crazy weather will be 43 again by Thursday!
Today’s Suggested Topic:
Walk 50 steps from your front door (or office door) and take a photo.
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