Hot Tips For Cold Weather Photography

While I’m partial to fall (because of the colors) and to summer (golden light!), shooting in the winter can be fun, too! Although winter photography can be a real challenge for retirees like me, with a few adjustments (and a lot of layering), one can capture magnificent shots. There is something about snow-covered trees, frozen lakes, and all the grays and the whites that make such captivating subjects.

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But before you put on your winter attire and brave the cold, here are some tips to remember when you are out shooting in frosty weather.

Protect your camera: While there are now gears and tools designed to withstand the cold weather for extended periods, nothing beats taking care of your camera before and after a shoot. Use an insulated camera bag when shooting in weather below freezing temp. Hand-warmer packets can also keep the camera warm.

When you return from your shoot, make sure that your camera is protected too, this time from the warm, moist air inside. What I do before heading indoors is to put my camera in a plastic bag so that moisture in the air will condense on the plastic bag and not on my camera.

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Bring a backup equipment: Remember snow, sleet, freezing rain, and the wind can make your camera act weird. So instead of being stuck with a non-working equipment, bring a second camera, additional lens, and extra batteries. Don’t forget though to keep them warm until needed.

Know the environment you are working in: It sure is exciting shooting winter wonderland, but it pays to understand temperature and precipitation levels as well as the length of daylight hours and the likelihood of whiteout storms. Think of this exercise as getting to know your subject.

Love winter photography? I would be delighted to see some of your best photos. Message me on Twitter. Jud Bergman’s the name.

Toy Cameras: Not Mere Child's Play

Some people hear the word "toy" attached to something and they quickly dismiss it as not worth their time. However, I'd like to make the argument that, even in the realm of photography, there's much merit in toys as in "toy cameras."

In case you didn't already know, toy cameras are inexpensive, fully-functional film or analog cameras although the photographs themselves are likely to have optical aberrations which, in the modern world, have been popularly appropriated as "filters" like in the Instagram app. I, and so many other toy camera enthusiasts, tend to think that these effects on the photos – which come about because of the camera's simpler lenses, add a unique character to the images.

As a photographer myself, I do have my favorite toy cameras such as the LOMO LC-A, a 35-mm camera originally manufactured in Russia that can make vignettes and produce lovely bright colors, the Lubitel twin-lens reflex 120-mm camera, which allows softer images and is great for waist-level shooting, and the variety of frog-eye cameras because of the fun and unique warping it creates on the images. The Diana models are also quite popular among hobbyists because It has a flash, multiple lenses, a variety of colorways, and many accessories. Admittedly I do also want the cool transforming Voltron camera I saw in a website once – it literally is a toy and a camera that uses 110-film cartridges.

These cameras may be called toys but the truth is their limitations allow for better visual challenges and enhanced creativity. Plus, there's something just so soulful and fun about getting back to my film photography roots.

I'm Judd Bergman retired photographer and big New York Yankees fan. Follow this blog for photography tips and explanations about why the Yankees are the best.

Capture Action: Sports Photography For Beginners

Sports and action photography can be challenging. It is hard to predict fast movements, so photographers need to be “shutter giddy” in order to catch good shots. Whether you own a professional D-SLR, or a point-and-shoot digital camera, you will need extra effort to learn the right techniques. Pre-focusing and timing are key techniques in sports photography. A photographer with accurate timing can shoot subjects with ease.


Pre-focusing in photography means locking the camera’s focus to a scene or event. This will lessen the lag time in shooting images. This will also help photographers plan their shots.
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Panning helps in taking photos while the subject is in motion, to match the speed of the subject. It is like following a moving car or a cyclist with the camera while the photograph is being shot. Optical viewfinders are also helpful when it comes to panning.

Shutter lag

Shutter lag delay plays a big part in timing. While D-SLRs have issues with shutter lags, these help produce the best shots possible.


The proper use of the camera’s flash is a good technique to capture action photos. The flash helps freeze an event or an action, and it also helps highlight a subject.

Always remember: plan, pan, pre-focus, and flash to produce a good action shot.

Hi, I’m Judd Bergman, a retired travel photographer based in New York City. Learn more about creative photography and other techniques by visiting this page.

Brooklyn Museum's New Sports Photography Collection Sparks Interest In Kinetic Shots

The Brooklyn Museum recently announced a massive exhibition on sports photography. The collection features several artists and spans the 1840s to present. The pictures have been taken from all over the world and are a beautiful example of the collaboration among photographers on a single theme.

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Sports photography is inherently a paradox. A photograph captures a single moment in time; in essence, pictures are shadows of life. As the photograph is taken, it becomes part of the past: it is still. Sports, on the other hand, is all about movement. The beauty of the body and how it can perform in a hundred different ways are highlighted. Capturing such movement is an art in itself.

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The collection being displayed show not only athletes in their glory but the transition of sports photography itself. It has created interest in kinetic shots (as it is called in the field) and how to best capture movement in stillness or stillness in motion (the two sound the same but there is a nuance that must be recognized).

The exhibit is gaining numerous positive reviews and many budding photographers are flocking to the museum to view the collection. Modern-day shots are more romantic in the sense that they place more emphasis on the actual sport than the subject’s face. There is a feeling of detachment; a cry that sport photography has evolved and will continue to do so until it reaches a level where absolute movement can be captured in a photograph.

I am Judd Bergman. I am a retired photographer based in New York, but the love of taking pictures is still in me (it is a passion that will never die). Follow me on this Twitter account to get the latest photography news and events.

Capturing the World’s Beauty: Photography Tips for Globetrotters

The strong taste of Piro Aloo in India, the scent of millions of Hitachi in Hokkaido, and the excitement of seeing a leopard for the first time in Botswana--these might be vague or forgotten after a couple of years. But photographs have the power to capture the irreplaceable sensations during those moments while traveling. Here are a few tips to capture stunning travel photos.

Educate yourself- Researching will help you understand the customs and traditions of a place. The more you know about the place you're traveling to, the more authentic photos can be captured. Strive to know what’s there: watch travel videos, read travel books, join online travel forums.

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Talk to the locals- This is a way to gain a better understanding of the country's cultures. Stories and tips from the locals will lead you to more exciting travel experiences and fresh photo opportunities.

Take the road less traveled- Sure, Korea’s Namsan Tower is beautiful and London's Big Ben is iconic but there are hidden gems in every country. Show new stories in your photos by visiting uncommon places for tourists. Take the tuk-tuk in Thailand instead of taking a cab. Be adventurous!

Get creative- Instead of taking those eye-level shots or standing in front of a famous landmark, try to capture real stories: the struggle to ride a camel, your friend's first bite of fresh tentacles, or elks chasing each other.

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Most importantly, have fun while traveling! Take a moment to internalize the beauty of the places that you’re visiting.

Judd Bergman here, a New York resident and a huge family man. I have trotted around the world and it’s always a new adventure to capture its countless wonders. I’m a retired travel photographer but I still get enamored by the complex beauty of this planet. If you’re a fellow photographer, follow my Twitter account for news and updates.

What Photographers Should Know before going Pro

The idea didn’t sit well with my parents when I first told them that I wanted to be a professional photographer. They thought it was just an expensive hobby. After some convincing and coaxing, they finally gave me their blessing. I understood where they were coming from. Starting out as a photographer, I needed to prove to a lot of people why I wanted to pursue my art as my bread and butter. It took a lot of weddings, bar mitzvahs, elementary school talent shows, and other events just to make ends meet.

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However, during this phase, I was also proactively seeking magazine jobs and other projects. As a photographer, your output speaks volumes about you. One happy couple can introduce you to their other couple friends. One happy editor can introduce you to another editor from a different publication. Back in my day, word of mouth and a good photo were what made up my business card. It seems easier these days but if you get good impressions from key people, it could do wonders for your career.

So for young photographers who want to go pro, make an effort to market yourselves. This means taking some projects that are not really your specialty. Photography is also a job and we also have to do things that may not feed our “creative” spirits. But at the end of the day, you’ll realize that these seemingly less passionate jobs instill discipline, patience, and more knowledge of the industry. When you’re a well-known photographer, you’ll look back and be thankful you went through all the trouble. So while you’re still working to make yourself known, hang in there.

Work like a pro. Capture moments like a pro. Be a pro.

Hello there. Judd Bergman is the name. I am a retired travel photographer currently residing in the Big Apple. My hobbies include going to the Yankees Stadium to watch the local team in action. I have been a fan for as long as I can remember. Maybe if I didn’t become too obsessed with travelling and photography, I could have tried out for the Yanks and played for my dream team. Add me on Facebook for more photography and Yankee-related stuff.