Winter is coming and you’re probably in a place where the weather will be cold. Maybe you won’t but you’ll be traveling to somewhere cold. Maybe you won’t but just want to hear some tips on how to protect your camera in cold weather.
Ok now in all seriousness, I’ve never been with my camera in very cold situations. But I’ve heard that Madrid can get pretty cold during the winter so I wanted to make some research on the topic. And I wanted to share my version and my take on the information that I’ve found.
Most of the tips that I found where targeted towards extreme cold temperatures. That will not be my case, but I will share those tips anyway because some of you may be traveling (or live) in an extremely cold place.
PROTECT YOUR CAMERA IN COLD WEATHER
Condensation happens when you move from cold temperatures to warm temperatures. Or vice versa. This will probably happen if you are warm and cozy in your house and then go outside to the cold. The same will happen when you’ve been a while outside, and then you go back inside. So the best thing you can do is try to make that temperature change as gradually as possible. You can do that by leaving your camera in an intermediate environment like your car outside. You may still get some condensation no matter how slowly the temperatures changes, but it will minimize it.
A great tip to try to avoid it altogether is protecting your camera and lens inside a plastic bag. Some photographers say that this way, if condensations forms, it will be on the plastic bag, not on your camera.
This particular one, I didn’t know! But I’m so glad that I’ve found this information and I’m able to share it with you guys. Cold temperatures can make your batteries suffer from significantly increased depletion rates in colder temperatures. At extremely low temperatures, your battery life can be cut in half.
The solution? Keep your batteries warm, and bring some spare batteries with you.
- RAIN COVERS
In extremely low temperatures, it’s most likely that it will start snowing at some point. Snow is water at the end of the day, so using a rain cover will protect your camera from everything. I’ve never used one in my life because I don’t typically shoot when it’s raining. Yet alone snowing. But I’m sure Amazon will have plenty of options for you to choose from.
- MEMORY CARDS
Use the same principle from the batteries, to your memory cards. Buy an extra cover, and try to protect them by keeping them warm, and especially dry. So make sure you extra protection for your memory cards, is waterproof.
- KEEP YOURSELF WARM AS WELL
In extreme cold, metal can be damaging to your skin. So make sure to cover your camera, and to protect your face and your hands from the cold, and from the camera itself. Make sure to buy special photography gloves for cold weather too!
I know this may sound obvious but extremely cold temperatures make plastic, metal, and crystal more brittle. And that’s exactly what your camera and lenses are made of! So take extra care of them and make sure you don’t drop them. Because it will be more than likely that they will shatter.
Hopefully, this post may give you all the information you need if you are traveling somewhere with extreme temperatures and want to take some photos. I really hope that by now you know how to care for your equipment in cold weather.