December 05, 2019

 

Keeping your gear neat and tidy in the field can be surprisingly difficult, especially when the weather is rolling in and moisture starts to fall. The last thing you want to do is ruin that expensive camera gear because of a few organizational mishaps. Here are our top tips for keeping your gear organized and tidy while out in the field.

1. Keep your zippers closed

It may seem trivial but it’s easier than you think to forget to fully close your zips on your bag. Once you get into the flow of your shooting, it’s easy to accidentally kick snow into the open back, trip on it entirely, or get a bit of snow spray from a nearby skier or snowboarder. Take the extra two seconds and make sure that baby is zipped right up!

winter photography gear piled up on iceland beach
Photo by Simon Markhof

2. Change lenses effectively

It’s difficult to change lenses effectively on a nice clear sunny day so, on a snowy day, it gets even more complicated. While changing lenses you want to avoid letting anything get onto the lens of the glass and the sensor of the camera. This technique takes a bit of practice but it works.

First, always keep the camera pointed down so there’s little risk of getting moisture on the camera’s sensor. Get the lens you want to change to by unscrewing the lid but keeping it on. Remove the camera body from the current lens and do a quick change, simultaneously putting the new lens on the camera body as well as the lens cap on the spare lens. This helps minimize the chance of anything falling into your gear. 

winter photography gear management changing lenses with gloves onPhoto by Lukas Riedl

3. Use a lens hood

The lens hood helps protect the glass of the lens from water spots so be sure to put your lens hood on before you start shooting. As long as you’re not pointing the camera up to the sky, you should be able to minimize water spots on your lens. If you’re out walking around and scouting the shot, be sure to keep the camera down.

camera with lens hood in the mountains

4. Carry a lot of lens cloths

A microfiber cloth is essential when shooting in wet conditions. You may need to wipe your lens free of any water spots so it’s handy to have a few microfiber cloths hanging around in your pack for a quick wipe. We also recommend carrying a heavier towel like cloth to wipe off the camera body when it gets wet. It’s good to have a few spare cloths in case one gets wet you can just swap it out with a drier one.

microfibre lens cloths on camera lens

5. Use silica moisture absorbing bags

You know the silica bags you get when you buy something? You may think they’re useless but don’t toss them, save them! Chuck them in your camera bag and they will help absorb the moisture that may inevitably seep into your pack on a wet or snowy day. 

woman smiling and looking at the camera screen

6. Bring spare batteries

The cold kills your batteries faster than you think so it’s a good idea to have a few spares tucked away. Batteries die faster when they are cold so try keeping your spares in a pocket close to your body, preferably on the inside, so they can stay warmer from your body heat. 

SD card stored in the pocket of a photography glovesPhoto by Lorraine Turci

7. Multitool and duct tape. 

A multitool is a great thing to have in your pack at all times. This keeps you prepared in case you need to fix or repair something on the go. We also have a small wad of duct tape which comes in handy in a number of different situations. From taping up an exposed wire on a cable to quick fixing a hole in your waterproof gear. Duct tape continues to be one of our favourite pieces of kit!

\Photography gloves holding a camera in the snow
Photo by Mic Anthony Hay

8. Let your gear warm up slowly

When you’ve finished your session and you’re heading inside, don’t be too hasty in bringing in your camera gear. Bringing your gear into a warm environment too quickly will cause the glass to fog up and will form condensation on the inside of your lenses. To avoid this, let your bag warm up slowly by leaving it in the doorway or another cooler room before bringing it fully inside. If you’re just stopping in for a quick break, leave your bag outside while you run in. 

snowboarder sitting outside of snowy cabin holding a camera

 

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Help With Sizing

FIND YOUR SIZE:

  1. Measure around the widest part of your hand with a relaxed open palm.
  2. Measure from base of hand to the tip of the middle finger.

PEASE NOTE:  We design our gloves to be snug for best camera feel possible. This sizing chart reflects snuggly fitted gloves.

    Unisex Sizes XS S M L XL XXL
    Hand Girth cm  18 - 20  20 - 21 21 - 22 22 - 23 23 - 25 25-28
    inch  7.1 - 7.9   7.9 - 8.3  8.3 - 8.7 8.7 - 9.1 9.1 - 9.8 9.8-11.0
    Hand Length cm  16.0 - 17.5  17.5 - 18.5 18.0 - 19.0 19.0 - 20.0 20.5 - 22.0 22-24.0
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.2 7.1 - 7.5 7.5 - 7.9 8.1 - 8.7 8.7-9.4
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 7.5  EU 8 EU 8.5 EU 9 EU 10 EU 11
     Unisex Glove Models: Markhof Pro 2.0 | Skadi Zipper Mitt | Ipsoot | Alta Over-Mitt | Merino Liner Touch | Primaloft/Merino Liner | Urbex
    Female Sizes XS S M L XL
    Hand Girth cm 16.0 - 17.5 17.5 - 18.8 18.5 - 20.0 20.0 - 21.5 -
    inch  6.3 - 6.9 6.9 - 7.4 7.2 - 7.9 7.9 - 8.5 -
    Hand Length cm 15.5 - 16.5 16.3 - 17.2  17.0 - 18.5 19.0 - 20.0 -
    inch  6.1 - 6.5 6.4 - 6.8 6.7 - 7.3 7.5 - 7.9 -
     EU Size Equivalent  EU 6  EU 7 EU 8 EU 9 -
    Female Glove Models: W's Nordic

      

    Please note, our gloves are designed to fit snuggly to give you the best camera feel without compromising on warmth. If you prefer a looser fit, please size up.

    As we learn more and more about gloves we also learn that all hands are different. Some people have long skinny fingers and slim wrists, others have wide hands with short fingers.

    Our gloves wont fit all even with the right measurements from the sizing chart – but we try!

    What size should I get if I'm between sizes?

    For many, the best option will be to go up a size if your measurements are in between sizes.

    If you are between sizes or if your hands do not fit into the measurements on our sizing chart, we recommend prioritizing the fit for the girth measurement. The girth is the most important measurement and if you the girth size on the glove is too small, you won't be able to fit the glove.

    Should I size up for my liner glove?

    If you’re considering pairing a liner glove with your photography gloves, we recommend choosing the same size liner as photography glove. We designed our liners to be thin and fit inside of our photography gloves so we recommend your normal size in liners. There are two exceptions to this:

    Exception #1: If you are at the very end of the ratio size in the sizing chart, e.g. 1 mm from being a size Large, then we advise going up a glove size if you plan to often wear the liner with the gloves. 

    Exception #2: If your personal preference is to wear fairly loose gloves, then you should also go up a size when adding a liner. We don't recommend this as you will compromise dexterity with loose gloves and our priority is best possible camera feel. But you know best what you like!

    House tip: Make sure to chose a liner size that is snug/tight on your hand for the best Fliptech performance when wearing liners and gloves together.