Cold Weather Photography: 7 Tips to Use NOW 
Cold Weather Photography isn’t something to be taken lightly. You should be prepared for whatever is going to be thrown your way. Like the old adage says, “Prior planning prevents poor performances”. Here are my tips to ensure you have a successful day of taking photos when it starts getting cold.
Cold Weather Photography Tips and Tricks Overview
- Know the Weather
- Cold Weather Photography Gear Check
- Photography Gloves for Cold
- Comfort is King – Thermos
- Best Practices With Batteries
- Lens Hoods
- Keep that lens Clear
- Beyond the Cold
Track Weather Reports
Knowing the weather before you go out can be the difference between a good and great day. It also is a major safety precaution as well as a time and money saver. Who wants to drive 3 hours to a location where a dramatic landscape is going to impossible to be reach because of day of conditions.
Get the Right Cold Weather Gear
The cold is unforgiving. Make your time in the field more valuable and safe, with the right equipment. Some of the non negotiables are:
These are only a few integral parts to any Cold Weather Photography checklist. Trust me, when you get cold you won’t want to take anymore photos.
Cold Weather Photography Gloves
Gloves get their own section because they are probably the most important piece for a successful day taking photos in cold weather.
Finding the right pair of gloves will ensure that your photo session will last longer and be more comfortable. Those two factors will increase your chances of capturing that new image you’re dying to show off on Instagram.
Photography Gloves for cold weather are ideally touch screen friendly and easy to get on and off. Here are some of the Best Cold Weather Photography gloves.
Thermos for those Cold Photo Mornings
This is an added luxury, not a requirement. This only makes your time in nature more enjoyable. Because I shoot so many early mornings / late nights, I love using my Hydroflask to keep my Coffee piping hot and my engine revved. If you know what I’m talking about, drop a comment
Extra Batteries for Winter Photography
Cold weather zaps the juice out of your batteries. Imagine getting to a location with the Northern Lights dancing and your battery reads zero. No bueno. Bring multiple batteries and keep them in a warm place (close and secure to your body) to prevent them from discharging.
Use a Lens Hood for Snow Days
It’s likely that if you’re shooting in a very cold environment, you will at some point deal with snow! On those days with snow, make sure to bring a lens hood to assist with keeping moisture off of your lens and more time composing your shot.
Microfiber Clothes are Cold Photographers Friends
As useful as these are in any environment, Microfiber clothes are another asset to keep with you on cold days. Why? All that moisture in the air will fog your lens and or small droplets will get on your lens. Have one with you at all times.
Other Cold Weather Photography Tips
Hand Warmers – These things can be life savers and used for feet and hands. They will assist with the dexterity of your hands and if your hands are prone to getting cold quick, grab a few of these.
Tripod – The weather is already going to be hard enough on you, make it easier on yourself too navigate your camera without issues. It’s not life or death but these will assist in capturing your memory smoothly.
For those who want some more photography tips, head over to this piece about: how to take better photos using live view
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Beyond Cold Environment Photography
What do you do to stay warm when the temperatures start to drop? Winter Landscape photography is one of my favorite types of photography, so these recommendations have been tried and tested. These tips not only apply to winter photography but those other chilly moments around the clock.
Did I miss your best tip to stay warm in cold places? I’m very interested to hear how you stay warm in cold environments. Have any tips for winter photography ideas? What about the best camera settings for winter photography? If this was helpful, SHARE with a friend!