Winter is on the way

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From the dusting of frost across the meadows this morning it is clear that winter is on the way. It was a glorious morning to be out and about doing some photography.

The mist was rising off the River Wey as the sun peaked through the trees slowly heating everything up making the frost that covered meadows recede. Joggers, dog walkers and people out for an early morning stroll… They all stopped to take a breath and admire the beauty of the morning.

Winter is on the way

My top 5 tips for keeping your camera working when winter is on the way

If you’ve ever spent enough time around a camera on those cold mornings when winter is on the way, you’re sure to have battled against keeping the lens clear, battery life and cold equipment.

1. Acclimatise your gear.

Condensation is a particularly troublesome problem for photographers. Just like your rear view mirror fogs up when you get inside your car because of your body heat and breathing, condensation can fog up your camera lens and the inside of your camera when temperatures change rapidly. Our first instinct is to take the camera out of the car last, after we’ve prepped our bags and ourselves, but it’s actually good practice to take your camera out first. Keep your camera outside for about 15 minutes to acclimate to the weather before you even turn it on, this will help prevent condensation fogging your lens and viewfinder.

2. Keep the camera in the boot of the car

When you are driving around, or heading to a place you plan to photograph, keep your camera and lenses in the boot of your car. That will keep them out of the air conditioning, and allow them to acclimate to the outside temperature and humidity. Sometimes, however, you want to keep your camera handy in case you come across a great shot. In that case, keep the AC off and roll the windows down. All you are doing is keeping your camera and lens out of the air conditioning so that they acclimate to the temperature and humidity outside.

 3. Keep spare batteries somewhere warm.
Keep extra batteries near your body to keep them warm. As batteries get cold, they die faster so you will need to switch out your batteries more frequently. Once these ‘dead’ batteries warm up, they will still work so I often find myself rotating these batteries.

4. Minimize Lens Changes

In an ideal world having one lens per camera body would the best solution. Few people outside of the professional circle have this luxury, so it is important to minimise the number of times you change lenses when in the field.

5. Whatever you do… Don’t forget the gloves

Trying to operate camera equipment with cold fingers is cumbersome and damn near impossible. So be sure to remember thos gloves to keep you fingers warm on those cold mornings when winter is on its way.