Photos In The Cold

    A few of us were talking the other day about taking pictures outdoors in winter. I thought I’d pass on a couple of tips. One thing I have seen video and still photographers do is to tape one of those chemical hand warmers (the little packets often used by deer hunters and ice anglers) to the outside of your camera. I’ve used this technique in many situations when I’m going to be away from a battery recharger for a while, and it works well. I wrap the warmer right around the battery area of the camera and tape it down with duct tape. If it’s going to be really cold (zero to 20 below or more), I’ll also tape a second hand-warmer over the area of the camera where the digital card goes. The hand warmers usually generate heat for about seven hours.
    I always keep an extra camera battery somewhere in my clothing while I’m out, as close to the skin as possible, to keep it warm and ready.
    Beyond that, I try to keep my camera under the outer layer of my clothing, whether that’s a parka or a wind shell. The battery will last much longer than if you leave the camera exposed to the weather. The only problem you can run into is condensation, which can occur if you put a cold camera in a warm area. If you’re taking a cold camera into a warm place, be prepared to wipe it down quickly with a soft cloth. Or avoid the problem by keeping your camera covered until it reaches "room" temperature.
    Also, resist the urge to scroll through the images you’ve already taken. That wastes valuable battery power.
    Keep a dry handkerchief handy to flick snow from the lens. Don[‘t blow snow off the lens cover. Your breath will fog the lens.