Even though the polar vortex is gone, there is a lot of winter left this season. Here are some suggestions for protecting your camera gear and film from the cold temperatures ahead.
Kevin Good is a very busy man. He is a photographer, cinematographer, teacher, and film director. Good produced the popular and very funny web series Weapons of Mass Production, which break down many of the technical aspects of camera technology, like comparing the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D mkIII or How to Light Your Video on a Budget. His film work has been featured in TV and Film Festivals around the world. He also finds time to teach photography and film classes.
It is Good’s newest venture, droneography, that caught our attention and that of many others. The Washington Post wrote about how he used a drone to fly in the rings during his brother’s wedding ceremony. He’s also been interviewed by the Today show. For someone as accomplished as Good to describe droneography as the “most challenging thing I’ve ever undertaken,” we knew we had to find out more.
Cameras are amazing. Technology has advanced so much in the last ten years that our cameras do things photographers a generation ago never would have thought possible. High ISOs, enormous files sizes, speedlights that do much of the thinking for us, and video capabilities that would make Hitchcock swoon are all functions that easily fit in our camera bags.
However, we are photographers. Technological advances are great, but there are always features that could improve our experience. For example, I would love if Nikon or Canon could build professional level gear that was sized better for women. When working for more than an hour with a heavy camera, large lens and a speedlight, my hand cramps up into a position I like to call “The Claw.” It isn’t just that the gear is heavy, but that my hand doesn’t fit comfortably around it. While I’m at it, I know I am not the only woman who would love a camera strap that fit across my torso without squishing my lady parts.
I am not alone in dreaming about camera changes, so I asked a few local photographers what was on their list of dream camera functions. The answers below are as different as the photographers themselves.