I’ve been living in Atlanta for quite a while now, so I haven’t had to worry much about cameras and cold weather. But I did experience quite a bit of 25 below zero during my days in Upstate New York. Cameras are much different than they were back then, and in many ways more tolerant of cold weather, but some precautions can help avoid some serious problems.
Moisture: Keeping your camera dry is the biggest camera concern with cold weather. If you’re shooting exteriors in the show, sleet or cold, you can buy weatherproof housings that will do a great job of keeping the camera dry.
Temperature change: When your camera is indoors, all warm and snuggly, it doesn’t really hurt it much to take it outside in the cold. But, once it’s been outside, and has acclimated to the cold temperature, bringing it into the house where it is nice and warm and relatively humid (warm air can hold much more moisture than cold air), you may now have a condensation issue. It’s like when your cold windows have condensation on the inside.
How to avoid this happening? The obvious answer is to not let the camera get too cold. Keep the camera under your coat, unless you have been working hard and getting sweaty. If this is not an option, put the camera in a plastic bag while you are still outdoors about to go back in the house. This way, the condensation will occur on the outside of the bag, not on and inside your camera.
Battery Power: Batteries can lose power when cold. It’s a good idea to keep spares in your pocket that are less exposed to the elements.
Gloves: Necessary, but they make it difficult to work the controls on your camera. There are interesting options out there, including thin silk gloves, glove liners, and fingerless gloves. There are even gloves that you can open up the fingertips when necessary. I used to keep a pair of silk gloves in my camera bag that I had found at an army navy store.
Dress warm, wear a hat like your mother told you, and enjoy taking winter photos under those crystal clear winter blue skies!