Taking good-quality photos isn’t easy and doing it in the winter just makes your job a bit more difficult. Fingers freeze, camera’s battery dies, and everything looks boringly white. There are many obstacles you will encounter when doing photography during the coldest months of the year. However, taking photos is one of the most important parts of any holiday in a modern world so we wanted to share a few quick and easy tips and ideas that will get you started. Despite wintery weather, take your camera or smartphone where ever you decide to go.
Right gear is the most important thing
Extreme conditions are hard for sensitive electronics and photography equipment aren’t an exception. Carry a flash with you if it’s not part of your camera and for snowfall shots having a stand is a must. Remember that you usually can’t set your camera on the ground because it’s wet and snowy. If your camera allows filming videos, try it between your photography session.
Plan before going or always carry a camera with you
There are two ways to go about winter photography. You have to either plan the photoshoots beforehand or always carry a camera with you. The sceneries change quickly in winter so if you discover a good place, visit it again with a camera as soon as possible. Having a camera close-by, is very handy. Remember to take action shots because someone playing in the snow or admiring the snowfall is perfect winter photo material. The only downside of always having a camera is keeping good care of it.
Enjoy the whiteness- White Balance
If you are lucky, you can have a lovely white winter weather. For beginner photography lovers, this sounds like a dream but may quickly become a problem as it’s hard to take photos of a place that is almost fully white. Our best tip? Learn a bit about using white balance before leaving for your winter adventure. Shutting down the auto white balance might sound presumptuous but keep trying and you will succeed at some point.
Christmas spirit- Ho Ho
Winter isn’t all about the breath-taking sceneries. Christmas and the time preceding it, is the perfect season for photographers. Go for Christmas markets, spend time with your family or keep your eyes open to see Santa Claus and elves. There are almost endless possibilities. Colorful Christmas lights are a good place to start when you want to capture the real holiday season atmosphere.
Beautiful fireworks and New Year’s Eve
Another winter holiday that is a paradise for photographers is, of course, New Year’s Eve. What would be a better target for a photographer than colorful fireworks? Unlike Christmas New Year lasts only for the day and so you won’t have time to retake the failed shots. Sipping a few drinks with friends and then going to take photos together may sound fun but in practice, it’s not that good of an idea. Plan ahead and make sure you have everything you need for this photography session. Well planned is half done.
Snap photos of the depressing rain
Let’s be real… sometimes it just won’t snow or maybe you are spending winter in a warm place. In these cases, work with the things you have. Not every winter photo has to be beautifully white. Go outside and take nostalgic photos of the rain or people having fun despite it not being as wintery as they would like it to be. To make a difference between your autumn and winter photos add some kind of reminder that makes everyone who sees your photo to think of winter..
Macro photography with snowflakes and ice crystals
We have mostly talked about photographing sceneries but you can also take a closer angle to winter. If your camera doesn’t fit for taking macro photos, get an additional macro lens. You won’t regret it. Photos of small snowflakes from up close are magical.
You don’t always have to be outside
One good thing about winter is that you can spend time inside without feeling guilty. Have inside photoshoots with your friends or search for other fun places to use your camera. Museums that allow photography usually have a lot of interesting possibilities for beginner photographers. There are a lot of things to use as props when you are inside. Just to share a few ideas with you: take photos of food, your kids, and animals, the view outside of your window or even just funny patterns like a ceiling.
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