Now that you’ve mastered the art of winter photography, make the experience of shooting in freezing temperatures a pleasant one by equipping your photography kit with these essential accessories.
Tripod leg warmers
If you’ve ever been stuck to a metal pole during winter, you’ll know that the last thing you want is to have your hands suffer the same with your tripod! While most tripods these days are made of or covered with polymer-based materials that don’t easily conduct cold temperatures, aluminum tripods are a literal pain to handle as it gets colder, and carbon-fiber becomes brittle when exposed to freezing temperatures, meaning they could easily shatter or crack. Instead of replacing your current tripod for pricy, weather-proof options, simply add padded leg warmers for your tripod!
Lens barrel covers
The above about cold-meets-metal applies to your lens barrel too! Plus, having a cover on your lens also helps to protect the surface finish against scruff and scratches, which will keep your lens looking just like the day you bought it. You can find everything from custom to ready made options in a wide range of design and textures to suit your taste.
Moisture is your camera’s number 1 enemy, and not just when it rains or snows! The minute you bring your chilled gear into a warmer and moisture environment, water molecules in the air will quickly condense on all metal surfaces (inside and outside), which could spell disaster for your pricey equipment. While you can simply place your gear in a Ziploc bag before heading indoors, Ewa-Marine makes these great heavy duty, waterproof vinyl pouches specially designed for your camera. If you don’t plan on staying out in the field too long (or need to change batteries), you can keep your camera in this bag the entire time and remove it when every is up to room temperature. This also keeps your camera protected from any sudden snowfall.
The battle against moisture continues. Always keep packets of silica gel in your camera gear bag to ensure your gear is 100% safe against any lingering condensation or moisture in the air from sudden temperature changes. Alternatively, BRNO makes these innovative dehumidifying lens and body caps, which are essentially caps that have small packets of silica incorporated in them.
Which is worse – fumbling with the knobs and dials of your camera with thick, clumsy gloves (and getting your settings wrong every single time) or having to remove them and expose your hands to the biting cold? Avoid either problem by getting a good pair of gloves that have been specially designed for cold weather photography. We especially like these ones by Aquatech, that have thumb and forefinger tips that conveniently flip back so you can operate your camera and touch screen easily. If the weather is especially cold, wear a thinner layer under with touchscreen-sensitive fingertips!