It rarely rains where I live, sadly (or happily) this is not the case for many. And if you are shooting outdoors in extreme weather there are quite a few things that you can do to help your gear survive.
And it is not just uber extreme conditions that would freeze your camera, even lesser elements can cause your batteries to stop functioning or the LCD significantly drop its refresh rate.
B&H shares quite a useful video on how to improve your chances of getting a good shot. Of course there is a vast array of rain covers, tip-les gloves and silica gels, but there are some more clever tips on that video. Those three tips from the video are priceless:
- Use two batteries: one in your pocket and one in the camera. When the battery in the camera freezes out, swap it with the one in your pocket, which is warm. Now the camera can get power, while the frozen battery warms up again.
- By now you probably know better than to lick street signs when it is below zero. Similarly Carbon fiber tripods are easier to handle than aluminum ones because they don’t transfer heat as well.
- Lastly, when coming back from the cold, put your camera in a sealed ziplock back. The zip lock will condense, but the humidity condensed on your camera will be limited to the air that was trapped inside the ziplock when you sealed it.
Got any good tips for shooting in the cold? share with us in the comments.