Filming In the Cold

Jordan00So I found myself videotaping the Syracuse Ski Team vs. Cornell, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Ithaca College on the ski slopes in upstate New York.

I learned some tips for filming in the cold that could come in handy when I’m filming a big event someday.

The wind was blowing hard and it was 26 degrees on the mountain, with bursts of snow coming at random times. Tip #1: Carry a cheap dollar storeSuSkiTeam umbrella in your vehicle, like I found under the seat in my truck. It takes the place of your Vinyl Rain Slicker that can cost over $200. It blocks the snow from falling down on your camera, and even more importantly that day, it blocked the winds noise from making its way in to my footage.

I really hadn’t filmed in this freezing temperature before. My hands were cold in the first five minutes, and I thought about leaving. I got lucky, and had a pair of open fingered cloves. Again, in my truck. My gloves turned in to an on/off switch. When recording, the fingers were off. When paused, I flipped the gloves right on my fingers, and I would have a good minute in between ski runs to keep my fingers toasty. Tip #2: Bring open fingered gloves.

When you get really cold and want to go inside for a bit, don’t bring your camera with you. It’s just going to fog up. It was not only cold and snowing, it was also damp. Your camera might go in to that “clean lens mode” or “eject tape error” like mine did. Not a good thing. Tip #3: When filming in the cold keep your camera at the same temperature until you’re completely done filming, and avoid walking in to a sauna-like room, compared to the outdoors. Your lens will fog up, and you may lose footage. I had a DV tape with me, that came in handy, to make the “eject tape error” go away. Although, I still lost time waiting for the camera to defog.

SuTeamThe best part of the whole day was, getting Scooby-Doo in the driver’s seat of the Syracuse Ski Team minivan. It made me laugh, and it adds fun to the footage.


Jordan Rice is a junior in High School in upstate New York. She is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of Cortland County Youth Leadership, Co-Captain of the Varsity Cheerleading Squad, part of the Rotary Youth Leadership, a member of drama club where she acts in school plays, and treasurer of French club.

She is Editor of her school’s district newspaper The Lion's Roar sent to 1,900 readers. Jordan has been published in 2011 and 2012 in the Syracuse Post Standard for Student Voices. Some School Video News blogs include stories with the New York Giants, Orange County Choppers, Ironman 70.3, and Courtside to Get the Shot at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Jordan hopes to attend college to pursue a career in sports journalism.