As the winter months descend upon Minnesota, the landscape transforms into a breathtaking canvas of snow. For photographers and videographers, this presents a unique opportunity to capture the beauty of the season. However, shooting outdoors in the cold demands meticulous preparation and a different approach. Here’s everything you need to know to ensure a successful shoot in the freezing Minnesota winter!
1. Dressing for the Occasion
Dress in layers: The key to staying warm during outdoor shoots is layering. Start with moisture-wicking fabric as a base layer, insulate with fleece or wool, and top it off with a windproof and waterproof outer layer. Don’t forget warm gloves, thermal socks, and a hat to retain body heat.
2. Gear and Equipment
Keep your equipment warm: Batteries drain faster in the cold. Carry spare batteries and keep them close to your body to maintain their charge. Cold weather can also impact the functionality of your camera. Store your gear in insulated bags when not in use and utilize hand warmers to regulate their temperature. Invest in lens hoods, lens caps, and camera covers to protect your gear from snow and moisture. Cold weather can make tripods stiff and harder to adjust. Look for tripods with twist locks that are easier to handle in cold conditions.
3. Scout Locations and Plan Ahead
Before the shoot, scout locations and consider the changing light conditions. With shorter days during winter, timing is crucial for natural light shots. Winter light can be harsh, but snow can also create beautiful soft lighting. Be flexible in adapting to changing light conditions.
5. Safety Comes First
Stay aware of weather forecasts and potential hazards. Be cautious of icy patches and ensure the safety of yourself and your team. Pack emergency supplies and have a plan in case of unforeseen weather changes.
6. Creative Adaptation
Embrace the winter scenery: Use the snow to your advantage. Experiment with contrast and brightness against the snowy backdrop. Incorporate elements like falling snow or frozen landscapes to add depth and character to your shots.
7. Client Communication
If shooting for clients, communicate the challenges and possibilities of shooting in winter. Manage expectations regarding potential delays due to weather conditions and the need for breaks to warm up.
Whether it’s the serene snow-covered landscapes or the joyous activities in the winter wonderland, the Minnesota cold presents ample opportunities for creative storytelling. Prepare well, stay warm, and let your lens capture the essence of this beautiful season.
Reach out to us at Bloom Creativ! Whether it’s sunny or snowy we want to help bring your videography vision to life.