It’s an exciting time of the year as winter brings its own charm for photographers, snow-covered landscapes, and deep blue skies. Our best tips for winter photography will enable you to capture memorable winter impressions. It’s a challenging time for photographers as winter presents numerous opportunities to capture unique images, while things are different from the rest of the seasons.
Best Tips For Winter Photography
Keep Your Batteries Charged and Insulated
So as you prepare to capture amazing pictures with your camera you need to get warmed up. Get your rechargeable batteries and batteries charged as cold is not good for them. Keeping them well insulated and close to your body, such as a breast pocket if you intend to shoot outdoors for long durations. The second pack of batteries or additional batteries will help your cause.
Avoid a few features
Keeping your camera batteries charged will keep you in action on the tour. If you still end up weakening your batteries you can still manage by compromising on a few features such as deactivating the live view preview, not using the flash or manual focusing to prevent “exhausting” zooming, precious battery power can be saved.
Exposure to Moisture
While you are touring outdoors to capture amazing shoots your equipment is at risk of getting exposed to moisture along with the cold temperatures, especially the SLR cameras. It is important to carry with you a good outdoor camera and ensure you keep it dry with a camera housing and lens. You can buy protective rain covers costing around $45 on Amazon or photoshops near you. Go for the one that will protect your camera from the short focal length to the long telephoto lens that can be stored under protection.
Take into consideration the formation of condensation, as you make the transition from the cold weather into your comfortable warm room, make sure your camera adapts to the prevailing temperatures. You can easily achieve this by putting the camera in a photo bag or backpack or leave it in the cooler hallway.
The cold winter conditions can create undesirable effects on the exposure of an image. You need to keep in mind the technical issues, as the camera’s internal light meter exposes the image in such a way that an average gray is produced across all pixels. This arises particularly in the case with large black or – now the case in the snow in winter – white components in the image can cause problems. This leads to the winter snow landscapes turn too dark, even though everything around is white.
How to tackle Exposure problems?
You can easily tackle the exposure problems by using a corresponding motif program (mostly “snow”), most of the compact digital cameras have on board. The other option is to save the pictures in RAW format if you own an SLR camera or system camera. You can later alter the uncompressed image files on your home computer using free RAW converters such as “RawTherapee” and adjust them according to your preferences.
You can also do this manually by adjusting the exposure a step or two up, increasing the aperture (small f-number), or reducing the ISO value. This makes the camera less sensitive to light, exposes the image longer, and thereby makes it brighter.
Many cameras also offer an automatic exposure series which can help you find the right exposure value.
White balance and backlight
White balance can be a bit confusing while taking photos in the snow processing images with a blue tint. If you don’t have a corresponding “snow” motif program, you need to white balance manually.
As the sun is quite low during the winter it can also present problems related to the backlight. A lens hood or sunlight shield can come in handy to protect against disturbing light reflections. You should have them screwed on. Use a flash for portrait photography against the sun to drive away distracting shadows from the face.
Let’s hope you find our tips helpful, don’t forget to mention your comments in the section below.