The field of photography is a very interesting job. It is filled up with creativity, adventure, and above all are challenges! A photographer always seeks out for perfection in his pictures and in order to achieve that not only he needs to get creative but also needs to face a lot of challenges. Every other day we come across a mesmerizing picture from a photographer but have you ever wondered how tough it would have been for the photographer to click that picture? While some of do think about it but others do not. It’s a fact! Period.
SAFETY TIPS FOR COLD WEATHER PHOTOGRAPHY
A photographer may face a lot of tough conditions out there and one such is cold weather. Images of snow or objects covered in snow or pictures of mountain etc. all appear to be highly attractive. However, the photographer clicking that picture surely has to face a lot of problems in clicking up those pictures. You will be surprised to know that doing photography in the cold weather is considered to be one of the toughest challenges for a professional especially if you are to bear the cold weather for a fairly prolonged period.
Generally, you face 2 type of problems in cold weather photography. Namely, these are:
- Health and/or body safety related problems.
- The possibility of ruining your photography gear.
Let’s start by covering them one by one.
HEALTH AND/OR BODY SAFETY RELATED PROBLEMS
The problem of health arises when you face certain diseases or problems such as breathing problems, chest pains, flu, heart attack etc. due to extreme weather conditions. Body safety problem arises when some of your body parts stay exposed to the cold weather for a fairly prolonged period. In this case, you will most probably face the problem of either a frostbite or hypothermia. The primary solution to both the cases is to keep your body warm enough to revert back the damage caused by the cold weather. And the most obvious way to achieve is to, well, covering your body with enough warm clothes.
One biggest mistake that many people do is that they often ignore to cover their face as well as their hands. This small ignorance can result in a lot of problems in future if not looked out for at the right time. It’s in your best interest to stay fully covered especially when the weather is next to unbearable.
Apart from that another possible contingency faced by many other photographers is the problem of slipping. For photography, it’s crucial to focus on your subject and keep your attention towards it if you want to click that perfect shot. But doing so by gambling with your life is not a wise decision at all! If you are at a place that is mostly covered by ice then the risk of slipping is way too high and it can result in a serious problem if you don’t pay attention towards your surroundings as well.
THE POSSIBILITY OF RUINING YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
If you wear spectacles in your daily life then I bet that you will be aware of the problem of fogging of glass and how annoying it is. Interestingly, in cold weather, your photography gear especially your camera is at the same risk. The problem of fogging arises because of a sudden change in the temperature. The lenses of your camera may also face the same thing because of condensation. Condensation is referred to as the process of formation of water droplets when a cold surface comes in contact with humidity. Now, if your camera goes to surrounding which is warmer than the temperature of your camera then you will face this issue. And unfortunately, it goes the other way around as well.
The best way to resolve this issue is by using the camera cover or a bag to move it from one place to other or to bring its temperature up or down according to the surroundings. Moreover, you should also avoid breathing on your camera as it can also result in condensation.
Another major problem of cold weather photography is the fast draining issue of the batteries. Batteries tend to lose their charge much more rapidly in cold weather conditions and if you aren’t equipped with some extra set of batteries and are planning to use your camera for a long period of time then you will probably face this issue. Therefore, it is recommended to always keep a couple of extra sets of batteries when you are out on cold weather photography.