Do you love the winter time? Right now many people around the country are getting slammed with winter storms and freezing temperatures.
It is tempting to want to stay inside during this kind of weather and snuggle up by the fireplace.
And while I do suggest that you stay inside and be safe during the storm, the aftermath of a snow storm can be a magical time for photography.
So today, I want to give you 12 tips for taking amazing winter photography for your blog and family.
***Disclaimer-Although everyone around the country seems to be getting slammed with snow, here in SW Colorado we haven’t had more than an inch all season. That is very strange for our area. So while I will add photos from past years, I used some stock photos to make my points. I will state which are mine and which are stock so you will know. I don’t want you to think I was trying to trick you. We are praying for snow!***
- Bundle up- You can’t enjoy photography if you are freezing! Get your hat, coat, and fingerless gloves on so you can enjoy the outdoors. In the photo, they are wearing jeans. I would suggest snow pants or something else that will repel water. (Stock photo)
- Protect your camera & lens- Sudden changes from cold to warm isn’t good for your equipment. Allow your camera to slowly warm up after being out in the cold, and you can also put it in a plastic bag to reduce condensation inside the camera. You can also use a clear filter to protect your glass.
- Get the details- It is so fun to capture snowflakes and footprints in the snow. These and other details make for a memorable shot. I took this picture of snowy juniper berries in my backyard last year.
- Capture the calm- After a snow storm, the outside landscape can look so peaceful and serene. Get out there fast and capture it before people and animals make their mark. I took this photo of Lizard Head in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado. It was so quiet in the snow and there wasn’t another soul in sight. Kinda eery and amazing at the same time.
- Make sure your whites are white- Snowy photos can turn grey or blue if you don’t take precautions. Fix your white balance (in camera or in post processing) to make sure everything looks white. In this photo of a icy river through the San Juan Mountains near my home, I left the dirty snow in the bottom right corner (because that is how it was) but made sure most of the snow looked white like it did in real life.
- Take a spare battery- Batteries can lose charge faster in the cold, so if you are going to be out in it for awhile, you should carry a spare.
- Use the weather as a photo element- The weather itself can be a cool element of the shot. Capture it snowing, the dark clouds of a storm or the wind blowing as a way to tell the story. In this photo above taken near Silverton, Colorado, I accentuated the stormy sky because it created a moody look to the photo.
- Draw in fresh snow for a fun message- If the wind is calm, you can draw designs in the snow for a cool look. I love how they added a heart for a fun element in this already pretty photo. (Stock photo)
- Meter Correctly– The snow can throw off the camera’s metering and make the shot seem brighter than it is. Manually meter off of something besides the snow for a bright photo.
- Get the action shot- Are you kids jumping in the snow or making snow angels? Crank up that shutter speed and get an action shot for a fun photo. I love this photo because you can see the snow coming off of her gloves. (Stock photo)
- The inside looking out- If getting out in the cold just isn’t going to work, you can take good photos inside too. Frosty windows, kids looking outside or hot cocoa by the fire are all things you could take photos of inside that will show it is cold outside. (Stock photo)
- Take advantage of bright colors- A snowy scene can be a great backdrop to a pop of color. Whether you use a bright red jacket, blue sled, etc., that pop of color can really draw your eye to the subject. I shot this photo just out my front yard. I love how the bright green tractor pops out from all of the snow in the background.
Every season has it’s amazingly unique qualities and reasons you should shoot. I love winter because of the calm, peaceful feeling it exudes. But winter photography can be intimidating. Don’t let it get the best of you! Get outside and shoot. You won’t regret it!
- Bundle up.
- Protect your camera and lens.
- Get outside and take some photos.
Whether winter snow is a usual occurrence or a once in a lifetime moment, you want to capture all of that awesomeness. I hope these tips above have given you ideas of how to make the most of this magical time of year.
What tips would you add for winter photography? Let us know in the comments below. Thanks!
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