Winter can be a fantastic time to get out there and play with some challenging photography techniques. When the ground is enveloped in a blanket of snow, even our everyday surroundings can take on an entirely different perspective. However, Winter does present certain challenges that photographers aren’t always use to in other seasons. This article offers a number of tips for making your winter photo efforts more productive and enjoyable.
1. High Exposure in the Snow
One of the most challenging things in winter is achieving correct exposure. As you have probably guessed snow
projects a lot of light, leaving your landscape photos either over exposed or underexposed with a dull grey tone.
I find on a dull and overcast day; a snow-covered scene will need to be overexposed by +1 on your meter. Whereas on bright days, may require to up it again to +2. But Be very
careful at going beyond +2 as things will start to become ‘blown out’ and detail will be lost.
2. Using you Flash to Highlight Objects
Don’t forget your flash when shooting this winter! If used
correctly, your flash can be a very effective tool as it can be used to highlight foreground objects, provide a catch light and eliminate undesirable shadows and dullness in your shotd.
3. Focal Problems
With scenes of low contrast, it may be a challenge to achieve a fully focused photograph. this is because the lens can’t find anything with enough contrast to lock focus on. many winter scenes, like foggy, overcast and snowy days, contain too many shades of the same color and to the camera it all looks to similar.
When working under these circumstances, it’s best to switch from auto to manual focus. This is because in manual focus you can hold the shutter button down halfway until the focus has been obtained and then the focusing point in your viewfinder will light up to let you know its focused and read for you to snap a shot
4.A Quick Shutter Speed
When it’s snowing or your out on a blustery day, a quick decision needs to be made regarding shutter speed in order to achieve the desired result. As you are capturing a moving scene, Fast shutter speeds are essential and will stop any movement, whereas slow shutter speeds will result in blurred motion.
Falling snow is a good example, with a slow shutter speed, snowflakes will appear as streaks of white, whereas a fast shutter speed will render falling snow as white dots.
5.Batteries in cold weather
Batteries lose power in cold temperature- the colder it is, the faster they drain. Even though batteries may appear to have no charge in cold weather, they will regain their power once they’ve warmed back up. Therefore, its best to keep one or more spare batteries with you when you’re out. Keep them in a warm place and switch between them when needed. Keeping them warm will help them recover quicker and last longer.
6.Cold Weather and Moisture
Moisture is always a problem with any electrical device, and winter is no exception. even though the air is generally dry, there are many heated objects around you like buildings and cars. Believe it or not, its not the cold that is the issue, it’s when you enter a heated space with an Freezing camera. Obviously when cold objects come into contact with heat, it causes condensationwhich produces moisture onto or inside your gear. The issue isn’t so much the moisture you may see externally as that can be wiped off, but moisture on internal electrical components. so just take extra care when taking equiptment in and out of extreme temperatures
Get Amongst it!
Don’t let the challenges posed by this year’s winter conditions prevent you from getting outdoors. Winter is a exceptional time of year, when plentiful photographic chances become available. Make sure this winter you get out this year and make the most of this time to experiment with all your different camera settings, especially with predictions of snow this year! With these tips above you will be all set to go!