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Photography Gloves | To Wear or Not?

By Christopher Lin on December 4th 2013

As the weather continues to cool down this winter, many in our community have been asking about the gloves that Pye often wears on his shoots. So we wanted to write up a quick article to give a few recommendations for Photography Gloves and start a discussion for the best ones on the market.

Main Criteria for Selecting Photography Gloves

Your requirements for gloves worn when handling your camera will be different depending on the type of photography you are doing and the weather. However, there are a few common characteristics you want to look for.

  • Touch Screen Compatible – This is super important if you need to use your smartphones for any reason during your shoots. If you’re using a touch screen micro 4/3rds camera, this is even more of a must-have.
  • Thin and not Slippery – Big bulky photography gloves can make it harder to grip things. This is obviously not a good thing when you’re holding thousands of dollars of equipment. Stick with thinner gloves that aren’t slippery.
  • Key Pocket – Just an added bonus, but having a key pocket is great if you want an extra place to put a memory card or two.

Nike Running Gloves for Photography

Our gloves of choice are these simply Running Gloves by Nike. We wear these when it gets a little chilly during our outdoor Engagement Sessions or Landscape Photography Trips. We also wear them for Newborn Photography Shoots to keep the newborn comfortable and away from our cold, clammy hands.


Photography Gloves in Action

The following screenshot is taken from our HDR Photography Workshop. In it, we travel the beautiful Southwest United States in the Fall Season and teach you how to capture amazing HDR photography. The fall season got a little chilly so we wore these gloves as the sun set.


The following image is a screenshot of our Newborn Photography Workshop. As we mentioned, we wear these for the baby’s comfort.


Gloves Designed for Photography

B&H has a wide selection of gloves specifically designed for photography. Most are built for extreme weather. If you’re looking for these thicker types of gloves, click here.


Community Thoughts for Photography Gloves

What are your thoughts? Which brands have you tried and what are your favorites? Let us know in the comments below.

What Gloves Do You Use While Shooting?

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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jipsee RK

    What kind of gloves are recommended for handling photos when framing & such, to avoid fingerprints, oil etc.?

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  2. Buddy

    Why are these are not on the list??
    I think they are great!

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  3. Anette Mossbacher

    Have some Neoprene gloves for the Arctic. Those are Fisherman gloves. Index finger and thumb have a whole to get the fingers out. They had also some velcro on which I removed. They fit easy in some normal gloves while not shooting. OH, they keep warm and water proof of course :)

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  4. Glover

    We have these knit skin tight fitting gloves here in Canada. Used mainly by women, and children. I found the tightest fitting pair that would fit my giant man hand. I cut the index finger tip off of the right hand. The gloves fit so tight (comfortable tight, not cutting off circulation tight) that I can still put my hand/hands into a normal pair of gloves with them still on. Perfect solution for my needs.

    So, yes, I shoot with gloves. :)

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  5. Golfzilla

    I picked up some REALLY cheap gloves at a “dollar” store for some frigid shooting last week. Two pair for that single $. Worked fine, although the session only lasted about an hour.

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