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ESSENTIALS 6 This month Alister Chapman chooses his 6 essentials for winter shooting Yours for free… What’s your most desirable piece of kit, or indeed the item you just wouldn’t be without? Let us know and, if printed, we’ll send you an original JOBY Gorilla Pod (camera not included). Email 1 First and foremost you need weather protection. Both for you and your equipment. If you are cold and uncomfortable you are not going to be happy and your work may suffer. So item number 1 on my list is a good quality thermal base layer. This should be made of a high quality wicking fabric that draws moisture away from your skin helping to keep you dry and as a result warm. I use sports type compression tops and bottoms that can be purchased in most sports or outdoor pursuits stores. Get a good base layer and keeping warm is much easier. 2 Number 2 on my list is good shoes or boots. I hate having cold feet so good footwear is important. For very cold weather such as my trips up to Arctic Norway I use boots with a thick, removable thermal lining such as Sorel Blizzards or Baffi n boots. For the UK and less extreme climates I use good quality hiking boots. For cold weather always buy boots a bit on the large side. If your boots or shoes are too tight it will reduce the circulation in your feet leading to cold feet. Get boots large enough to allow you to wear some very thick winter socks over a very thin pair of socks and take spares socks to change into if your feet get sweaty or wet. 3 Number 3 is the right gloves. If your hands are cold, operating the camera is diffi cult. If you have thick gloves, operating the camera is diffi cult, so you may be stuck between the devil and the deep blue sea. In very cold weather I wear military surplus mittens. These are thick and warm and if you get a large size you can wear a thin pair of fl eece gloves inside the mittens. This allows you to quickly pull the mittens off (mittens are quicker to remove and replace than regular gloves) leaving the thin fl eece gloves on to operate the camera. For more moderate climates I often use fi ngerless gloves that have a mitten type fl ap that can be pulled over your fi ngers to keep them warm. 48 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 96 DECEMBER 2014 4 The cheapest items on my list comes in at number 4 and is one of the most versatile. Bin bags. I always have a few bin bags in my camera kit. If you get caught out in the rain a bin bag can be used as a makeshift rain cover for your equipment. Cut a hole for your head and arms and it can be used as a rain cape. If you are fi lming outside in sub zero conditions, when you take the cold camera inside into the warm it will get covered in condensation and moisture. By placing the camera in a bin bag before you take it inside and allowing it to warm up inside the bag you will reduce or eliminate the condensation build up helping prolong the life of your expensive camera kit.