Cold Snap! Tips for Staying Warm While Taking Winter Photos

Great tips for anyone shooting pictures in the Adirondacks this winter!

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Planning on hitting the snowscapes with your camera? There’s plenty of cold-weather advice on the web, but our in-house landscape adventurers offered to share some of the more practical tips to help you stay focused on having a good time.  From one photo lover to another, it’s about getting the shot and having fun – not freezing your fingers off. Here’s what they said.

1) Keep Those Hands Warm

Snow can turn an otherwise mundane scene into something starkly exotic. Photo by Ivan Makarov.

Your hands are the second-most important part of you in photography (after your eyes), so treat them well. There are many kinds of gloves that keep your appendages toasty while still giving you tactical function: traditional, fingerless, convertible mitten/glove, or just regular gloves that you remove to hit the shutter. Go to the store, try them out, find what works best for you and your shooting style. As a bonus, get a couple of chemical hand-warmer packets and…

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Hiking with Dan McCullum. Finally.

So Dan McCullum ( and I finally had an opportunity to go hiking and shoot together. I appreciate his skill and knowledge. We definitely talked as two camera nerds do, talking lenses and about the new mirror-less systems and how we workflow. An added bonus, Dan’s two brothers joined us and we all shot pictures together.

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Send Me on The Way

A Skyline View from New York with it’s variety of buildings, cultures and activity. (Brooklyn, New York July 2013 by Jordan Craig)

The journey to Southeast Asia has begun! In two short days (literally shortened because I’ll be losing 12 hours due to crossing time zones), I’ll be at my destination beginning the work of the next nine weeks. But really the work has already started.
In the first day of travel, I’ve experienced the presence of a black pants and blue shirts Amish family speaking German on the train; an NYU graduate showing his pencil and pen sketches from Venice, Italy; and a kind hand of help with my luggage from a stranger on New York’s subway.
This variety of experiences is just the beginning of this trip’s work. You see, a photographer meets many different people from one moment to the next. Comparison and contrast are his friends that show how to contextual the visual and sensory stimuli. They show how we look different, yet hint at the truth that we are all the same. We have the same daily needs and the same longing for significance and answers.
Whether you live in a small mountain town, speak German or make noodles, we are all human and created with a purposes for our days. I’m excited to get to Asia and know it’s people!