5 photo tips for newbies: FROST AND CAMERA
First of all, you need to take care of yourself – warm clothes allow you to think about photography, and not about where to warm yourself. In addition, the cold threatens not only discomfort, but also health problems, so we approach the choice of clothes as responsibly, based on the shooting conditions. And here everything depends not only on the weather, but also on how much you have to move or how long to stay without moving, waiting for the desired event or beautiful light. If long transitions are assumed, it is better to choose clothes from materials that wipe moisture well, because you can sweat even at minus 40 degrees, and wet cotton or wool will immediately lose its insulating properties. If you have to stay for a long time without movement, then it is better to wear several layers of clothing under the jacket, up to two or three sweaters, if the frost is expected to be very strong.
2. Fast discharge of batteries
The lower the temperature, the faster the battery discharges. Therefore, we take with us a spare (or better two) and keep them in the inner pocket, closer to the body. A discharged battery can also be heated, this will allow you to partially restore the charge and take a few more shots.
It is necessary to remember about this problem, returning to a warm room, – a frozen chamber with a sharp temperature drop will immediately be covered with drops of moisture or hoarfrost, which later will turn into moisture. And this may already lead to the appearance of mold, from which it will be quite difficult to get rid of. Therefore, even on the street we place the camera in a bag (backpack) and close it tightly and only after that we go in the heat. The air inside the bag and the camera itself will heat up slowly and no condensation will appear.
4. Camera breakage
Many are afraid that the camera will simply break in the cold, and this fear has a reason, because most manufacturers do not recommend using cameras at low temperatures. But I still advise you not to be afraid, although I am not ready to guarantee that nothing will happen with your camera (you never know). Nevertheless, in my memory there was not a single breakdown, and I had to shoot a lot in the cold, often it was shooting for hours, and the temperature happened to fall below minus 50.
5. Main advice
Shoot more: in winter, summer, spring, autumn – each season has its own beauty. Snowfalls, blizzards, rains, fogs create sometimes incredible images. Do not sit at home, and maybe one day you will make such a photo, for which it is not a pity to break the camera, if only the flash drive has survived.