Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Effects of cold weather to Your Camera: Winter Photo Tips

Effects of cold weather to Your Camera: Winter Photo Tips

There are lots of great photo taken in cold weather, ice fishing, snow shoeing or just plain walking in the winter wonderland. For taking photo in cold weather, you may need to know the effect of cold Weather to Your Camera.

There are many questions on effect of cold weather to the Camera and some confused about it. Here are some questions about it; "I am having a bit of a problem keeping my camera warm and unfrozen in the cold, blustery weather. Can I keep it in a plastic bag (I read about this somewhere) to prevent condensation? And do you have any suggestions for camera protection in cold?

Here are the facts and the answers to all the basic camera tips regarding cold weather.

The main issues to concern are that there are three different scenarios to consider: First, what to do when you take the camera from a warm, home or car into the cold area. Second, what to do when you're shooting pictures outside in the cold. Third, what to do when you finally bring your freezing camera back into warm, home or car.

First, what should you do when you bring your warm camera outside to take cold weather pictures? In fact, you no need to worry about moisture condensing from the cold air onto the warm surface of the lens or the film due to cold air has low moisture content. But when you go outside into the warm area, home or car, this becomes a problem.

So what are the main issues to concern?

Batteries: The main problem is loss of battery power!

However, you can prepare for this. First, keep the camera and flash (and their batteries) in warm place or warm bag, for example, under your coat.

The second, the best way to prepare for losing of battery power when taking cold weather pictures is to bring spare batteries. And keep the spares in warm; for example, in a shirt pocket where it will also benefit from your body heat. Then, you can insert warm fresh batteries in need. Following these tips, so you can save your trip to the store and lost photo opportunities.

Static Electricity: To prevent you out of shock of static electricity.

If you live anywhere in the cold area, you know the problem, if you walk on a carpet, you may get a shock when you shake hands or touch a doorknob. In fact, the static electricity is a problem only when the humidity is low. You can minimize this possibility in cold weather by advancing your film carefully. For an autowind camera, shoot only one frame at a time.

Shooting photo in Snow

Keeping your camera under your coat except when you shoot. Doesn’t use your SLR for cold weather pictures during heavy snow unless you have it protected by a waterproof device such as the plastic bag and seal it.


Actually when you got come back indoors, you've seen moisture condense on a cool glass. Your camera behave the same way when you bring them inside, especial for lens – moisture from the warm air condenses on their cold surfaces. You can avoid this problem by let your camera warm up gradually.

If you follow the suggestions above, you should have no problem on your camera protected when working outside and taking great opportunities for cold weather pictures!

For more information on digital photography tips in winter, you may need to read your camera user’s manual.

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