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4 Critical Tips for Shooting in Extreme Cold

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I know that for a lot of people, the cold keeps them inside, but it can be really rewarding to go out in the bitter cold. Tonight I got the bug to go out and shoot, but the air temp was -15°F (-26°C), with a windchill of -30°F (-34°C).

Here are a few reflections:

1. Bundle up. It’s really not optional. In temperatures like this, you can get frostbite in a shockingly fast time (less than half an hour). It’s not worth losing body parts for any photo.

Tonight, I wore heavy boots, snow pants, a heavy jacket, face mask, ski goggles, a hat, and two pairs of gloves. I also tucked hand warmers into my gloves, which really helped with the cold. Sure, it’s a lot of gear, but I was comfortable for over an hour outside.

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2. Set up as much as possible indoors. You want to make the most of your time outside, so fiddling with lenses or tripod plates is a waste of time. Assemble everything you can indoors. I even guessed on some exposure values, so I could set my exposure before going out.

3. Keep in mind that your batteries will last far less time. I used a battery grip to double my capacity, and even then my camera went through a good chunk of its power in just over an hour. If you are carrying extra batteries, do what you can to keep them warm.

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4. Don’t breath anywhere near your lens. If you do, your breath will condense, or even freeze on the lens, and won’t evaporate. This (above) is what the back of my camera looked like after I wrapped up. It may be hard to tell, but there is a ton of ice that has formed on the back.

Yeah, it’s a lot of work, but IMO it was worth it. Often, you only get clear skies on the coldest nights, and that gives some cool opportunities for snowy landscapes with stars. It’s not my favorite shot ever, but I like the way this one came out:

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About the Author: Evan Pak is a college student and photographer in the Northfield, MN area, specializing in portraits and nature photography. You can find more of his work on his website, Facebook page, and Instagram. This post was also published here.

How to Shoot ‘Frozen’ Action Sports Athletes in a Photo Studio

For his recent project titled Frozen, photographer Denis Klero shot creative studio portraits of action sports athletes in a way that makes them look like they’re frozen in ice.

Much of the snow look was created using many cans of Sno Blower, an aerosol spray that costs about $11 for a 16-ounce can.

Behind the Scenes

Here are some behind-the-scenes views showing how the shots were done:

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The Finished Photos

Here are the photos that resulted from all the work seen above:

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“The literally coolest project of the year award goes to Denis Klero and his highly creative frozen action,” writes Red Bull Photography. “Jon Snow approved.”

You can find more of Klero’s work on his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

(via Red Bull Photography via ISO 1200)


Image credits: Photographs by Denis Klero and used with permission

It Was So Cold at Yesterday’s NFL Game That Camera Batteries Had to Be Warmed

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Yesterday’s NFL football playoff game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings was the 3rd coldest game in NFL history, as temperatures were -6° F with a wind chill of -25° F. It was so cold that camera batteries weren’t performing well and had to be warmed up on the sidelines.

Sideline heaters were placed on both sides of the field to help players and other personnel stay warm, but they also came in handy as a way for media to warm up their camera batteries. Dawn Mitchell of FOX shared this photo on Instagram:

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At low enough temperatures, batteries start losing their power. You can gain some of that power back by heating the battery back up.

“[Camera batteries] should all be fine down to -20 degrees C, though they will certainly have a lower capacity than they do at higher temperatures,” writes Adorama. “Most will work for a while at even lower temperatures. If they get really cold and become exhausted they will usually regain power if warmed back up, so take 2 or 3 (if not more) batteries out in the field with you and switch them between your camera and a warm pocket and you should be OK.”

(via SBNation via Bokeh)


Image credits: Header illustration based on photo by Matthew