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Old 18-09-2008, 11:49   #1 (permalink)
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Photography in the snow.

Folks, we are off to Europe later this year and I am concerned about my camera fogging up.
We will be in and out of vehicles and I read somewhere about keeping the camera in a plastic bag but am unsure how that all works.
As an Aussie who has rarely seen snow, it is all new to me and I would appreciate any advice.
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Old 18-09-2008, 12:49   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Photography in the snow.

I think it has to do with a sudden change in temperature, i.e if the camera is kept in a warm room at night and then taken out into the snow straight away. Usually id let the camera stay in the boot of the car at night before a really cold days photographing although i haven't had to do it too often.
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Re: Photography in the snow.

The thing to watch out for is temparature changes, particularly when there is high humidity too.

If you take your camera out of a warm environment - car or room - into a colder one condensation will form both outside and inside, and vice versa.

It is impractical to gradually acclimatise it, so if you are going to do some shooting in a snowy place, put the camera outside about two hours before you leave. If it is really cold, keep the batteries in your pocket when you are not using the camera so your body heat keeps them warm. Low temparatures will sap batteries quickly.

I think the idea of the plastic bag sealed with a knot or cable tie is to try to cushion the temparature difference both up and down, slowing the changes. I don't know if this is effective or not.

When you come back you will be able to tell us.

If you are going to be in cars a lot of the time, keep the camera in the boot where it will be cooler than the passenger compartment.

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Re: Photography in the snow.

And keep your spare battery in your pocket to keep it warm
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Re: Photography in the snow.

From cold outside into warm inside - you get serious condensation

or if in a tropical climate (or going into butterfly farm!):
From cold inside (aircon) out to warm tropical humidity outside - you get serious condensation

Plastic bag is there to prevent too much condensation; no plastic bag there's limitless water vapour, plastic bag has very limited water vapour

You may be tempted to keep camera under coat but if it's not too cold, then it's better to get it acclimatised to the drier outside air than warmer humid air under your coat! Digitals don't mind the cold (they object to heat) but LCDs aren't keen (but just fade) and batteries don't like cold (except Lithium disposables which are good to -20C)
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