78 — Winter photography gear

Pho­tog­ra­phy pod­cast #78 talks about how to enjoy win­ter pho­tog­ra­phy. Many pho­tog­ra­phers avoid shoot­ing in the win­ter because‚ it’s too cold and they feel uncom­fort­able. What a huge mis­take. There are so many spec­tac­u­lar win­ter scenes to pho­to­graph and the cold can be tamed with the right gear. The major­ity of the pod­cast is ded­i­cated to how to keep your entire body warm on a cold win­ter day. We talk about shoot­ing at dif­fer­ent lev­els of cold­ness includ­ing very cold tem­per­a­tures like –20 degrees C (-4 degrees F) and colder. We also touch on tips like avoid­ing con­den­sa­tion and pre­serv­ing bat­tery power.

Winter photography gear

Win­ter pho­tog­ra­phy gear

Links /resources men­tioned in this podcast:

Le Baron — Awe­some camping/fishing store in MTL. Great prod­ucts.
SSG Silk Win­ter Glove Lin­ers at Ama­zon
Fox River Four Layer Glomitt on Ama­zon
Polar Ex Glomitt Fleece Mitten/Gloves — Medium-Gray
Gor­dini Da GORE-TEX-‚« Goose II Mit­tens Mens
Heat Max Hot Hands hh2
Lor­pen Hunt­ing Extreme Pri­maloft Socks on Ama­zon
Toe-sters bat­tery pow­ered foot warmers

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Thanks to JAS_photo, Micheal van der Tol,‚ jack­la­bel, Zenon5940, f8&Bthere, Bambi, Jason, and Fortytwo who posted a blog com­ment about our last pod­cast. Thanks as always to every­one that sent com­ments by email about our last pod­cast. Although ALL com­ments are appre­ci­ated, com­ment­ing directly in this blog is pre­ferred. Thanks as well to all the new mem­bers of the bul­letin board.

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  1. admin says:

    Hey thanks a ton for that com­ment Eliezer — very much appreciated!

  2. Eliezer says:

    Hi Marko! I’ve been hear­ing your pod­cast for more than two years, but this is the first time I enter in your forum. First, let me con­grat­u­late for an excel­lent pod­cast. I enjoyed every­one of it. Includ­ing this one. Where I live we don’t have prob­lems with cold weather (Ocala, FL), but I cer­tainly love trav­el­ing to the states in the north part of USA dur­ing the win­ter. You pro­vided a lot of good stuff information.

    Keep it up!

  3. Casil403 says:

    Just a tip, instead of bat­tery pow­ered shoe inserts, you can also pur­chase 6–8 hour toe warm­ers by the same com­pany that make the hand­warm­ers as well. I can attest they work really well!
    I also have a few re-usable hand­warm­ers that I use –there’s a disk you snap inside that heats it up and before you use them again, throw them in a pot of boil­ing water for about 10 min­utes until they unharden…then you can use them again and again!

  4. Fortytwo says:

    Nice pod­cast Marko! Respect for the tem­para­tures you’ve got to endure. We’re com­plain­ing about the cold when it’s below +5 C here in Hol­land. But you’ve explaned some great tech­niques here to keep warm. Tnx!

  5. sephibox says:

    Very good infor­ma­tion Marko. I also didn’t know about the cot­ton. But that explains why I always felt cold on my back even though I also had suf­fi­ciently thick clothes.

    If I would add any­thing, I’d say, take a good lit­tle ther­mos flask with some hot tea or some­thing. That can really save your mood to stay out­side a few hours extra.

    Of course after all your good info, the tem­per­a­tures in Ger­many sud­denly jumped from around –8 C up to +15 C. But at least it’s the right time to get some of your rec­om­men­da­tions cheaper in sea­sonal sales.

  6. f8&Bthere says:

    Good infor­ma­tive pod­cast, Marko. I hon­estly never knew cot­ton was a no-no. I’ll be on the hunt for some silk glove lin­ers (thanks to Amazon.com not ship­ping to Canada and Amazon.ca not hav­ing any­where near the same range of goods to offer us Canucks!). I’m sure you already know this, but for any oth­ers wor­ried about con­den­sa­tion going from frigid out­doors to warm indoors I heard leav­ing your camera/lens in the back­pack to sta­bi­lize, wrap­ping in a towel, or putting in a ziploc bag helps. I found some huge ziploc bags (for stor­ing toys, balls etc) in the gro­cery dept at Wal-mart that could make short work of even the biggest body/grip/lens combo, and I keep one nicely folded in my back­pack just in case (handy for rain and other con­di­tions too).

  7. jack label says:

    nice Marko, I would add that scottvest type also helps warm­ing up and car­ry­ing stuff, some are weather proof which will pro­tect your equip from light snow, and small bags of sil­ica gel also helps keep­ing your sen­si­tive equips dry.

  8. WickedDark says:

    Nice sum­ming up. Lay­ers are very much the way to go and if you’re into hik­ing I can highly rec­om­mend Kahtoola’s MICROspikes. Google them then buy them. Not a replace­ment for cram­pons per se, but they do a great job in ice or hard packed snow. Deep pow­der does clog them, so be pre­pared for that. I love mine and keep them either in the car or in my back­pack in a lit­tle nylon bag.

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