(1) In addition to plastic bags, carry gaffer or gun tape, rubber bands, a small plastic bottle of
dishwashing liquid, cotton swabs, and extra batteries.
(a) In order to reduce internal static buildup, which can ruin film, use a solution of 1 part
dishwashing liquid to 10 parts of water and very lightly coat the film guide rails and film chamber of your camera
using the cotton swab. This will help reduce static electricity.
(b) Since batteries lose their charge very quickly in the cold, make sure the extra batteries are
charged at all times. NEVER use a fast charger on cold batteries. Always use a slow charger. The built-in
charger in the KS-99C camera set is a slow charger. Carry extra camera batteries and keep them warm by placing
them in an inside pocket close to your body.
(2) During snowstorms, keep the camera in its case, carrying bag, or in a plastic bag.
(3) Always use a filter over the lens and a lens hood. Usually a Skylight filter works best.
(4) Do NOT use a power winder in cold temperatures. This could cause the film, which is brittle
when cold, to break.
(5) Change lenses as little as possible. Cold metal can break very easily. The lens and camera body
have small metal clips, holders, and other contacts that can be very easily broken.
(6) A zoom lens should not be used in very cold temperatures. The working mechanism can get stiff
and be damaged. Of course, if the situation requires use of the zoom, it should be used.
(7) Do NOT use canned air to clean your camera or lens in cold temperatures. Use a camel's hair
brush and air syringe. As always, use the least amount of effort to clean the lens.
Arctic photography is difficult but not impossible. Keep your equipment as dry and warm as possible,
keep yourself dry and warm, and carry extra batteries. By following the information in this lesson and the TM or
manufacturer's manual for your equipment, you should be able to carry out your documentation mission.
Learning Event 2:
DESCRIBE THE WINTERIZATION OF EQUIPMENT
Winterization is the preparation of equipment for cold weather. It consists of adjusting equipment and
where permissible and practical, cleaning and lubricating the equipment with low temperature lubricants. This,
of course, is a job for your maintenance personnel. Only equipment used outdoors is