Cold and Your Camera

Arctic blast, cold front, Jet Stream shift, whatever you call it, most of the US is getting hit with cold weather. Some places are seeing the coldest temperatures in 18 years. So what do photographers do? Plan on running out into the dangerously cold temps to catch photos of frozen things of course! Beyond what this could do to your fingers and nose, what will the cold do to your camera?

Cold and Your Camera,

Yup, it’s fake snow. I live in Alabama. Get over it.

1. Drain your battery
Cold weather causes your battery to discharge more rapidly. Plan on extra batteries if you have to shoot in the cold.

2. Fog your lens
Ok, technically it is the warm air in your house that will cause the lens to fog when you come back inside. Still, condensation is a bad thing for cameras. Don’t change temperatures with your camera without a buffer zone. Keep your camera in its bag (or even a plastic bag with most of the air sucked out) when changing to warmer temperatures. Give your camera at least 30 minutes in a protected environment before exposing it to the warmer air.

3. Freeze your camera
Remember condensation? Well, what do you think happens if even a tiny bit of condensation is created inside your camera/lens and you then take your camera back outside? REALLY BAD THINGS HAPPEN, that’s what. Condensation is bad enough, but flash frozen condensation INSIDE the camera/lens? Disaster! PLEASE be careful with condensation in extreme temperatures.

Happy shooting and stay safe!


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