12/3/12

4 Smart Winter Photography Tips

Every professional photographer knows that winter is a great time for shooting. The air is clear, there are no large crowds and above all, the sun is low in the sky giving you the perfect scenario to get creative with your lens. Besides that, the snow makes a fantastic backdrop for photo shoots.

While it can be a bit challenging to take good pictures in the snow, it’s a challenge worth taking. In the article below we discuss a few proven tips to help you capture the best with your lens in the chilly winter weather.

#1. Prepare for the Cold: The first and the most obvious step is to plan for the cold. You need to dress warm to make sure you’re comfortable while shooting. In other words, be smart with the way you dress. For example, for gloves, you could use fingerless gloves since they help in manipulating camera controls.

#2: Carry Extra Batteries: Let’s face it - when you’re in the cold, your battery won’t function the way it does in normal conditions. It simply won’t last long. So if you really want to get the most out of your day then see to it that you’re carrying a spare battery in your inside pocket to protect it from cold. The dead battery can be put in the pocket to “revive” once you replace it with the spare one.

#3: Know Your Camera: Before you venture out in the snowy weather, get familiar with the controls of your camera while you’re still in the comfort of your home. Why? Because when you’re in extreme situations, things can get difficult and adjusting your camera’s settings may not be easy. But when you know where the controls lie it helps you to work quickly without wasting time. Knowing your camera is a step you shouldn’t ignore.

#4: Check Your White Balance: When shooting in the snow, the resulting photos can be blueish. This is because snow can be confusing for digital cameras. How do you fix this? Simple - before you start your shoot, set your camera’s white balance with a sheet of a white paper. If you don’t like the paper idea, you can instead set the white balance to “tungsten settings”.

Perfecting the art of taking beautiful photographs in winter won’t happen in a day. You’ll have to invest time and effort to gain experience. However, if you’re keen to shorten the learning curve then taking a professional course that focuses on teaching you the ins and outs of winter photography would be a good idea. You shouldn’t find it hard to get in some of the best photography schools if you have the funds, and the passion.

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