Winter is rolling in some parts of the world and that means shorter and colder days. This also means a shift to Winter Landscape photography. With these shifts, its more important than ever to 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 Cold Weather Photography experience.

Cold Weather Photography Tips and Tricks

  • Know the Weather
  • Cold Weather Photography Gear Check
  • Comfort is King – Thermos
  • Best Practices with Batteries

Track Weather Reports

cold weather photography

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.

Solid Gear – Jacket, Beanie, Boots

cold weather photography

The cold is unforgiving. Make your time in the field more valuable and safe, with the right equipment. A solid jacket, beanie and boots are critical and are an integral part of any cold weather photographers checklist.


cold weather gloves

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.

Bring a Thermos

hydroflask thermos

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.

Bring Extra Batteries

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.

More 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 people who aren’t worried about staying warm, here is One of my favorite ways to take better photos. Are you looking for your next cold weather photography destination? Here is why Marquette, Michigan is one of Michigans Best places to visit in the Fall!

Cold Weather Photography and more

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!

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