Of course, the dynamic of people photography changes slightly with them not actually wanting to be outdoors, but great photos are still there to be had. We street photographers just need to work a little bit harder ;-)
With this in mind, here are my tips for keeping you productive out there in the freeze!
- Lined, fingerless gloves are essential for keeping as much of your hands warm whilst retaining dexterity.
- Lip salve certainly prevents my lips from splitting.
- Good footwear is essential year round however, in winter conditions, I recommend well polished leather shoes or boots or breathable waterproof equivalents.
- In addition, and again this is year round, I recommend Sorbothane style impact gel insoles. They make the difference between sore knees the next day or not!
- Clothing wise I wear layers and, on the coldest days, a long sleeve thermal top – Marks & Spencer stock my favourite.
- Minimise condensation in your camera when moving indoors to a much warmer environment by putting your camera back in your pack before going inside. Leave it in there to acclimatise slowly.
- Batteries drain far more quickly in the cold, so have at least one fully charged spare.
- I carry ziplock bags sized for my phone and batteries and camera. There will be a time when the heavens open and you will be caught 10 minutes from the nearest transport. You won’t mind getting soaked knowing your kit is dry.
Street photography is still fun in zero degrees, but only when you’re prepared for it!