Landscape photography doesn’t stop just because things get wet and the temperatures drop. Be prepared!

I’ve been gearing up and preparing for our upcoming Big Sur and Iceland winter landscape expeditions. The following tips will help you avoid some unpleasant surprises next time you venture into the cold and wet. If you’d like to learn more about preparing for our Iceland workshop, check out this blog.

Tips for photography in wet conditions
Camera Body:
 It’s always good to pack a few plastic sandwich bags of various sizes in your kit. If you can also find a few of those clear disposable shower caps you find in hotel rooms, they work great also. You can use them for covering your camera’s body as sits on your tripod in the wet, as you wait for that magic moment. I also like to pack a small multi-folding pocket size umbrella. They really come in handy when the weather closes in are simple to store in your camera bags outside pocket.

Another thing that you can do, that provides a little insurance against camera damage is to place your camera in a larger trash bag before heading in from colder than average temps. This prevents condensation from forming on the body of your camera. The condensation will gather on the bag instead. Once the room temperature warms, you can remove your camera from the bag not risking damage to the delicate electronics in your camera’s body

Tips for winter photography

Batteries: As the temperatures drop, so does the life of your batteries. Granted, with the new lithium-ion batteries, the lifespan has been extended greatly. But their ability to discharge will be diminished in the cold. I suggest, when the temperatures drop to place a backup battery or 2 under your layers to keep warm and ready to go. Warmer camera batteries discharge more efficiently than cold ones.

Tripods: Tripod legs conduct cold well, unfortunately. They can freeze up your hands quickly when the temperatures drop.  I always wrap the legs of my tripods with inexpensive plumbers insulation foam. You can pick this up at any hardware store. It comes in round long sections and can be simply adapted to fit most upper sections of any tripod. You can wrap the foam with black or camouflaged cloth tape. This keeps the cold off your hands and makes for a more comfortable experience when handing your tripod when the temps drop.

Join us on one of our upcoming winter workshops in Big Sur, Yosemite or Iceland and learn how to compose those amazing winter landscapes.

Mark and Holly Jansen


All the Best,   Mark Jansen

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Mark’s interest in photography and love for landscape photography draws him into some amazing places and he freely shares this knowledge on his photography workshops. He researches his subjects extensively, making many trips to selected areas waiting for the perfect light, an interesting approach to the subject, and just the right moment. His goal of "freezing time for others to enjoy" is what drives him to create his visions and teach workshops.

Mark offers photographic workshops in numerous U.S. and International locations with his business, Jansen Photo Expeditions. He is an expert and personable instructor, expedition leader and award winning, visionary photographer. 

Mark has over 25 years of professional fine art and photographic experience. He has a passion for landscape and classic aviation photography and provides large scale commercial installations of his fine art photographic murals and print works throughout California. He works with both small and large corporate businesses in helping them project a powerful impact through his images.


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