How To Take Winter Photos Like A Pro
November brings with it a reminder that winter is on the way. Not only is there a chill in the air, but we’re also only one month away from Christmas and snow. The change of season is always reflected in nature, which gives both amateur and professional photographers the opportunity to capture the beauty of the winter season.
While snowy winter landscapes and snowfall portraits make gorgeous shots, winter photography also comes with challenges. Whether you’re a new photographer or you need a refresher for winter photography, this set of tips will help ensure you capture each wintertime moment perfectly.
Adjust the Exposure
When you’re shooting snowy scenes in bright sunlight, make sure you adjust your camera’s exposure in manual mode. Digital cameras in auto settings won’t be able to properly compensate for the blanket of snow you’re trying to capture. Adjust your camera’s exposure between +0.3 or +1.0 EV to make the most of snowy scenes and achieve a truer whiteness. Make sure you don’t overexpose too much though as you may lose some detail.
Find White Balance
The role of white balance in a camera is to equalize colour based on lighting conditions. However, since snow is very reflective, your digital camera’s sensors will misread the white balance, making snow to look grey or blue in your final shots.
Unfortunately, you’re not going to know automatically how to set your white balance. You’ll have to play around with it by taking a few practice shots and adjusting accordingly until you get the setting where the snow is as white as possible.
Keep Camera Batteries Warm
Your camera battery will be used up a lot faster in colder weather, so make sure to bring extra batteries with you. You should also keep spare batteries close to you, like in an inner jacket pocket, so they stay warm with the help of your body heat.
Avoid Fog and Condensation
Make sure to watch out for fog on your camera lens if you go inside to warm up between shots. The increase in temperature will cause your lens to fog up immediately thanks to built-up moisture from outside. Keeping your camera in a camera bag with a lens cover before going inside will help you avoid this issue.
It’s also important to make sure that your don’t get your lens cap wet and then put it back on your camera lens as this may cause wet spots and condensation. Keep all your gear in a waterproof camera bag for extra protection.
Capture Snowfalls with the Right Gear
If you want to capture a snowfall, using the right settings and lens is vital. A telephoto lens, or a lens with a focal length of 70mm and up, will provide you with the best results. You should also make sure that you set your camera to the fastest shutter speed (1/400 of a second or faster) and that you shoot at a shallow aperture (f/4.5-6.3). This provides a depth of field effect where the snowflakes in front of the lens and behind the focus point appear larger and slightly blurred, providing that magical snowfall look that you want.
What are your best winter photography tips? Share them with us in the comments!
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