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Do you have any tips for shooting in cold weather with my digital SLR camera?
Shooting with a digital SLR in cold climates involves special considerations with regard to weather and freezing temperatures.
- People who work in professions such as real estate and insurance may have “car cameras” that they keep in their cars for convenience—often overnight. Sub-freezing temperatures can damage a digital camera—particularly the LCD screen. Therefore, a digital camera should not be left in a car in the winter for extended periods of time. This also applies to digital voice recorders, as they have LCD screens.
- If a digital SLR is used outside and becomes very cold, it should be wrapped in a towel before brining it inside a house or other building to prevent condensation from forming on and in the camera. Let the camera warm up for 10 or 15 minutes before unwrapping it.
- Batteries lose their efficiency when they get cold, so carry an extra battery and keep it warm in a pocket if you expect to shoot for a long time. You can rotate the batteries so the cold one can heat up and regain its efficiency.
- The E-1 and E-3 digital SLRs are weatherproof when used with the top tier Zuiko Digital lenses. If you don’t have one of these cameras you can shoot in rain and snow by using a clear plastic bag as a weatherproof housing. Use the lens shade and secure the open end of the bag with a rubber band. Extend the end of the bag outward to serve as a hood to prevent snowflakes or raindrops from getting on the front lens element. View example of a weatherproof bag.
- If you want to be in a group shot and don’t have a tripod, use a “treepod” by looping the camera strap over a tree branch or railing and cradling the lens in the strap (see example). Use the self-timer or the RM-1 Remote to trip the shutter. View example of a "treepod.
- If there is a lot of snow in a shot, the camera may under-expose the picture. Use the Beach and Snow Scene mode or change the Exposure Compensation setting to a positive value.
- If you are shooting while it is snowing, don’t use the flash. The flash will illuminate the flakes and there will bright, out-of-focus blobs cluttering up the pictures. If you are shooting on a cloudy day, use the “cloudy day” white balance instead of the AUTO setting to warm the color up slightly.
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