Wrap Your Camera
If you plan to spend time in winter weather, invest in a good wrap to keep your camera dry in snow and rain. The wrap also will protect it from bumps and scrapes. Look for neoprene ones that are designed for specific camera bodies, lenses and tripods to ensure a perfect fit. When applied to tripod legs, a wrap provides an extra layer of insulation between your hands and the cold metal, which makes the legs easier to handle in the field. Wraps are available in solid colors and in camouflage, which can be helpful when photographing wildlife.
Fight the Fog
With a few simple precautions, you can prevent your camera and lens from fogging up when shooting in cold conditions. The problems begin when you move your camera from a cold environment to a warm one, like when you pack up and get inside your car. As soon as your cold camera hits the warm air, the glass will fog up, and condensation will begin to form. To solve the problem, you might be able to just put the lens cap back on the camera and place it in a camera bag, depending on how cold the camera gets. But if it’s freezing outside, or if you don’t have a camera bag, you should place your camera in a tightly sealed bag before moving it to a warmer environment. For an added layer of protection, add a silica gel pack in the bag to help prevent moisture. Be sure to let your camera warm up before removing it from the camera bag or sealed bag, so it’s ready for your next shoot.
Capturing big fluffy snowflakes falling around your subject can produce stunning photographs. To get the best results, use a telephoto lens (at least 70mm, preferably longer), a wide-open aperture (f2.8 – f5.6) and a fast shutter speed. One more quick tip: manually focus your lens. With snow falling, your camera’s autofocus will struggle to stay on your subject. With a little practice, you will be able to quickly and accurately focus manually and capture the snow surrounding your subject.