October 27, 2023 2 Comments
It’s that time of the year. The fireplaces are roaring, the snow is falling and everyone is scrambling to find the perfect gift for their loved ones this year. As fellow photographers ourselves, we know how hard buying for a photographer can be. If you’re left confused by the technical jargon and tech specs of products you don’t understand then you’re in luck! If your photography loving beau likes shooting in the winter, a simple pair of photography gloves might be just the ticket.
Is your Photographer out and about all winter long? Then our new Merino Base Layers will be a godsend.
To keep your hands warm in deep Winter, you need to start with keeping your core warm by wearing layers of clothing, beginning with a great base layer. For more details, check this article.
Merino Wool is the absolute king of base layer materials, and key to its success lies in its exceptionally fine fibres, which make it the softest wool available. Merino Wool is light, non-itchy, breathable, regulates to your body temperature, transports moisture away from your body and due to the anti-microbial properties, it won't stink when you break a sweat.
Our Vallerret Zipper Jersey is made of super fine 100% merino wool and our Vallerret Long Sleeve Tee shirt boasts a super fine merino wool blend, giving your photographer all the benefits of merino (warm, soft, flexible, and oder-resistant) plus added durability, keeping them out there for longer.
Still not sure what to buy?
Here are some of the best sellers for every type of photographer in your life.
Photo by Todd Easterbrook
The skier, the snowboarder, the dog musher, the mountaineer. Whatever the extreme sport, you probably know somebody that waits all year for the first day of snow. These athletes are admirable both in their search for the extreme and their love of winter. Buying for the winter adrenaline junkie is no easy feat and picking the right glove for them will depend on a few things: where they’re shooting, how cold it gets, and how active they’ll be.
Assuming they’ll be active the whole time easily keeping warm with body heat, the winter athlete might be best suited for our Markhof Pro V3. This glove is our fan-favourite and is a great all-rounder. For extra protection, the Markhof Pro V3 + a Power Stretch Pro Liner will provide a bit more customization in the warmth department.
For the winter athlete who maybe needs a little more warmth or who won’t be active the entire time, consider the Skadi LRS Mitt, Tinden or Hatchet. All of these gloves are designed to protect in harsh winter conditions. The Skadi is a mitt + liner glove to give the shooter the best of both worlds, dexterity, and warmth. The Tinden is a five-fingered glove with extra insulation and FlipTech that overlaps to keep snow out of the glove. Similar to the Hatchet, a full leather photography glove providing the durability needed when photography takes you into the wilderness.
Photo by Simon Markhof
Shooting nature requires a great deal of stamina and patience. For landscape photographers, this could be long walks to get a unique view of a place that’s often over-photographed. Wildlife photographers, on the other hand, spend hours staking out grounds and waiting quietly for the wildlife to make an appearance. There’s no question about it, nature photography can be a cold endeavor if not properly layered up.
For photographers who are in cold conditions and exerting minimal energy, the Tinden and Hatchet are a good choice. Both are our heavy-duty gloves providing protection against the harsh winter elements. The FlipTech overlaps to ensure that no cold air or snow gets in the glove while wearing the glove. For a bit more activity, the Hatchet is a full leather photography glove, an awesome choice for scrambling through the bush, building a campfire, or capturing the scenery. If the photographer in your life likes spending hours at a time in the snow waiting for that perfect picture of nature, these are the gloves for them!
For photographers who are often in wet and windy environments, the Milford is an optimal choice. It's a 2 in 1 solution. In everyday use, it's keeping the warmth and protecting against the elements, while when the weather turns stormy, the Shell can be pulled out from the back pocket of the fleece glove and slipped on over the top.
Winter photography isn’t all about the outdoors. Sure, nature can put on a fine show when the snow falls but for many, urban winter photography is just as beautiful. Frozen glistening streets, city centres decorated in Christmas lights, icy architecture. The urban dwellers find beauty in man-made structures and there’s no question that cities can get just as cold as wintry mountain towns. For urban lovers, we recommend the Urbex Street Glove. This glove was designed with the street photographers in mind who need to be ready to capture candid moments in a fraction of a second.
The Urbex glove is built to help urban photographers maintain that balance of style, warmth and functionality. This unisex glove features genuine goats leather, 100% merino wool and touch screen compatible index and thumb, making the perfect glove to transition you from the coffee shop to an impromptu street shoot. The FlipTech on the index finger and thumb allow you to change your settings quickly.
The winter filmmaker is a special, hearty breed. They often spend long, full days out in the elements doing take after take, making sure they have the content they need. Finger dexterity is incredibly important to filmmakers because they have a lot more to juggle: audio accessories, various forms of artificial lighting, lenses, filters. Having full use of their fingers to secure all their bits and pieces often means having to completely remove your glove and suffer through a few minutes of burning cold pain.
Not anymore! Our Skadi LRS Mitt was made to fit the needs of photographers and filmmakers alike who want the warmth of a mitten with the flexibility of a glove. We designed this glove in close conjunction with Lukas Riedl, our team shooter who needs something to keep him warm during his long days of shooting. A side zipper allows all four fingers to slip out and the FlipTech on the thumb ensures you have full mobility. The sticky palm helps you grip your equipment so operating a gimbal becomes safer and more reliable.
For the filmmaker who often operates in the Mild Winter but wet and windy conditions, Milford is a great choice. Since it's a 2-in-1 glove, it protects from the cold but also from stormy weather with its 10k ripstop Shell.
Travel photographers are always dancing the delicate line of carrying the right gear but keep things lean enough to make travelling easier. Unless your travelling photographer is going to extremely cold places, the Markhof Pro V3 is the piece of kit to throw in the suitcase. Our Markhof Pro V3 is our crowd favourite and for good reason. With a merino wool inner and Thinsulate insulation this glove is warm enough for the mountains but smart enough for the cities. This is the glove we never leave home without. It’s slim and small without compromising warmth.
If your photographer is headed to the Arctic, they’ll need maximum protection. Temperatures regularly drop to -35 degrees and often even reach -50. For a photographer shooting in those conditions, any exposed skin will be punished. For our coldest Arctic days, we recommend a layering system to ensure maximum warmth.
Start with the base: any of our photography glove models (we recommend the Tinden, Hatchet, Nordic or Markhof). All of these gloves still allow the photographer complete dexterity with the FlipTech fingers. For those that run extra cold, a Power Stretch Pro Liner might be a good addition underneath your normal photograph glove.
Next, we’d pair the base gloves with our Alta Over-mitt. Yes, this glove is big, but it’s warm! The Alta was inspired by our early days of dog mushing when you literally needed a glove for your glove. Weatherproof and warm, the Alta slips over your glove with a zip across the top of the palm, allowing you to expose your gloved hand from underneath. When you’re not shooting and when you need to get down to business, drop the over-mitts and let them hang out of the way on the included harness.
Photo by Hallvard Kolltveit
If your photographer is in the beginning stages of developing their winter photography skills, why not give them the gift of knowledge? Our Winter Photography Basics digital course covers everything you need to know to jumpstart your winter photography. This gift is perfect for anyone starting out in winter photography looking to master the basic skills. It's also a great gift for the photographer who lives far away because hey, no shipping costs!
We take nearly a decade worth of experience and condense it into concise and easily digestible lessons to help fast track your winter photography. The course provides you with real-life field examples and gives yous hands-on guided learning so you can move through the course at your own pace. The course is jam-packed with cheat sheets, field examples, and exercises for you to help reinforce what you've learned in the lessons.
You chose a pair of gift gloves and maybe a base layer for the photographer in your life? Perfect!
How about a couple of add-ons that will make their winter photography adventures even more comfortable and enjoyable?
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Embarking on his first trip to Scotland was fleeting but left a lasting impression. This time, with more time and a photography focus, Joshua Miravalles explored new parts of the country. Here are some tips for your next Scottish adventure:
Choose the Right Dates: Consider autumn for picturesque landscapes without the summer crowds.
Select Your Transport Wisely: A campervan offers you flexibility and convenience for exploring Scotland.
Plan Your Route, Stay Open to Surprises: Have multiple overnight options and stay updated with campsite locators.
Highlights to Consider: Explore the Kelpies sculptures, catch the Jacobite Steam Train, visit St Conan's Kirk, Kilchurn Castle, and the Isle of Skye.
Enjoy the Distilleries: Take time for whisky tastings at renowned and emerging distilleries.