Tips for shooting in the cold (particularly, but not solely for film)

Updated on January 5, 2018 in Equipment
4 on November 14, 2017

Everyone knows and has there own tricks to shoot in different environments, and I, living in the midwest, cannot simply go 3-4 months without shooting. So does anyone have any tricks they’ve learned over the years for shooting in the cold?

 
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0 on November 16, 2017

I had the opportunity to shoot both my digital sony a6000 and a (locally bought) Lubitel 2 medium format film camera in Siberia in the midst of winter. The temperatures were about -25C (-13F). 

Make sure you bring more batteries when you go out. when it is cold batteries run out of juice pretty fast. But if you keep 1 ( or more) in your pocket en keep on switching them you should be able to shoot for a long time. In my case this meant half a day since the batteries of the A6000 by default run out of juice fast. 
Besides the batteries I did not have any problems with my digital camera. 

With my Lubitel camera, surprisingly enough I did not have any problems at al. 
After I came back I developed the film and everything look good. 

I hope this helped! 

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1 on November 22, 2017

over here in Canada, we embrace the cold…

 

Its all about layers over here :). although batteries die quickly

on January 2, 2018

You’re gonna need +2ev all day.

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0 on January 5, 2018

Just the motivation to get out in 12 degree weather here and shoot is hard for me. Especially when Netflix has new Dave Chapelle and Comedians in cars getting coffee on… good luck with the cold weather shooting my friend.

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