How to impress people with your Winter Photography: 10 tips
Frozen teardrops, paw prints in the snow and magical pink sunsets: Winter is the best time to get the most beautiful photographs. Winter photography needs more preparations than summer photography, though. Check out these 10 tips on winter photography to get the most out of this fascinating season.
Get outside immediately after the temperature drops below zero.
When the temperature drops quickly, you will find that water drops on plants, flowers and trees freeze. The result is fascinating ice formations and beautiful shots. So do not wait and go outside!
Do the same right after it has been snowing.
Snow is most beautiful when it just fell down. The snow is fresh and nobody drove / walked over it yet. And when the first animal did walk over the new snow, the paw prints can also be nice to photograph.
Capture ice and snow during sunrise and sunset.
Sunrises and sunsets in the winter show magical colours. The sky turns blue, pink and white at the same time and the light falls down on the wet, icy or snowy landscapes.
Check your exposure.
When the landscape you are photographing is mostly white, your camera will set the scene as a lower reflectance. This could result in underexposure and the snow will look dirty. The solution could be to set your camera to overexposure and the white snow will look white on the picture.
Add contrast to your winter photography: look for colorful objects.
The snow is white which means that products in any colour will contrast it. Get animals, flowers or buildings in the picture and give your picture a story.
Search for reflections.
When all the lakes are frozen and the streets are wet, the landscapes will reflect in it. These reflections are perfect for mind blowing pictures.
Look for symmetry and lines.
Pay attention to the lines and symmetry of landscapes and buildings. This can help creating more compelling images. The key to capturing lines and symmetry is to take your shot as precisely as possible.
Pay attention to your clothing.
When you are staying in the snow for hours, trying to get that perfect shot, it is nice to have warm socks, winter boots and many layers of clothing, preferably water resistent. It is also very nice to have flexible gloves to be able to click on the buttons of your camera. And it is smart to bring an extra pair of gloves in case your first pair gets wet.
Keep your spare battery warm.
Your camera will be okay in the cold but your batteries will not. Make sure your extra battery is warm when your camera stops working all of a sudden.
Don’t bring your cold camera directly into your warm home.
Bringing a camera from a cold environment into a warm one, can cause condensation. Condensation on the outside of your camera is annoying, condensation on the inside of your camera will ruin it. Always put your camera inside a zipped camera bag before you bring it inside. Did you make beautiful pictures and would you like to sell your winter photography to people from all over the world? Get in touch with Kenneth (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he will tell you more about the options to sell your photography worldwide (printed on demand on wall decoration) without any cost.