Some photography enthusiasts, will brave the harsh winter weather, to take advantage of the crisp, clear winter light. Plan well in advance, to make your digital photography expedition more productive. Putting your digital camera away until spring, you’ll miss out on the raw, natural beauty of this magical season.
Here are a five photography tips to make your winter photography trip more productive.
1. Wear the right winter clothing: It’s very important to keep warm when photographing winter scenes. Winter is harsh, so if you spend a few days outside, always be well prepared. Bring your polar fleece, down jacket, a hat, and most importantly, gloves. You can get fingerless gloves, then layer with regular gloves. Take off the regular gloves to snap the photos, then put back on between shoots.
2. Keep a watch on the weather: It’s extremely important to keep an eye on the weather. You don’t want to travel, and be caught in extreme weather, or find yourself in dangerous weather conditions. During the winter, weather can change dramatically in a matter of hours. It is always smart to let someone know where you are going, and which route you’re taking, and when you expect to be back. Remember to bring your cell phone!
3. Carry only the essentials. You don’t need to overload your camera bag with every piece of equipment. If you are going to be out all day, it’s best to travel as light as possible, to preserve energy. You could find yourself crossing snowy hills, or climbing icy rocks. A thermos full of warm tea or coffee, and a sandwich may serve you better than extra camera equipment.
4. Be on the lookout for extraordinary detail. Snow, ice and frost bring out texture and atmosphere. Sunshine on frosty morning can be ideal for bringing out patterns in the landscape. Pay attention to your camera angles; early morning photography may call for placing your camera at oblique angles to the sun, giving your photos dramatic, strong shadows, adding mood to your landscapes. Pay attention to foreground interest, as this will add depth.
5. Be careful with your exposure. Ice and snow can be very difficult to expose properly. Snow often can confuse your hand held light meter, or your camera’s metering system. Taking a light reading from snow, you will automatically get an underexposed image, as the meter will record the snow as grey. Start bracketing your photos. Bracketing your shots, adding 1 – 2 stops of light to compensate for the light meter reading. Try using an 18% grey card, which should also give you a perfect light reading.