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How To Handle Cold Weather Photography

Cold weather presents a few unique challenges to digital photographers.  In this post, Peter Carey offers some suggestions to keep you photographing when the mercury drops.

cold weather photography - Copyright Lachlan HardyWhen the weather outside turns cold, there are a few precautions every digital photographer should take.

First, give your camera time to acclimate!

This one is very important and it’s a two way street.  If you’re heading outside from a nice warm house, or if you’re coming back in from a shoot out in the cold, give your camera lens time to adjust to the temperature change.  Going either direction will fog up your lens and viewfinder.  Leave your lens cap on when going either direction and give your camera plenty of time to adjust to the temps.  The amount of time depends on the the difference in temperatures from inside to outside.  The larger the difference, the more time you should allow.  15 minutes is usually fine but more may be needed depending on how humid each environment is.  You want a slow, gradual change so if you can, leave your camera in a camera bag as it gets used to the change.  While this may take a bit longer, it does help ensure condensation won’t become a problem.


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Peter West Carey
Peter West Carey

leads photo tours and workshops in Nepal, Bhutan, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles and beyond. He is also the creator of Photography Basics – A 43 Day Adventure & 40 Photography Experiments, web-based tutorials taking curious photographers on a fun ride through the basics of learning photography.

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