Winter Photography: Keep Your Batteries Warm, Camera Cold

Author and digital photography expert Jay Kinghorn offers some excellent tips for those who would venture out into frigid temps with a camera. Considering stuffing a camera inside your woolly to keep the batteries warm? Think again. “The warmth of the jacket combined with the humidity inside will fog your lenses and viewfinder as soon as they are again exposed to the cold. The same holds true for entering a ski lodge, warm tent or toasty car. If you keep your camera cold, the lens will stay fog-free and ready to use.”

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  • I keep an extra Li-ion battery for my camera and a pack of AAs for my flash in the inside-chest pocket of my fleece when shooting outdoors in the winter.
    Also, I recommend keeping a micro-fiber rag handy to wipe of lenses and viewfinders if you do run into temperature shifts.