HOW TO GET THE BEST WINTER PHOTOS

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We still have a few months left of winter in the northern half of the world. And when I take a look at all the submitted photos online, I keep wondering why people would post those photos. A reminder that snow is white, not grey. So, how do we get beautiful, amazing white snow winter photos? We will go through that step by step.

WATCH FOR CONTRAST TO HELP OUT

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The camera system has a hard time with just white scenery. The best exposure and autofocus situation will be best when there is some contrast to the image. Notice with this above photo, the contrast between snow and the leaves and branches. Good contrast, and the snow came out white! (White snow makes me happy!)

In most cases though, you don’t have that big of desire to have all your photos to be close-ups of snow on trees.

YOU WILL NEED TO OVERRIDE WHAT YOUR CAMERA METER SAYS

You’ll need to dial in one or two stops of positive exposure compensation. Due to the quirks of its meter, your camera will try to make the snow look gray. Exposure compensation will counteract the meter to keep things bright.

Note: If you’re shooting in Manual mode, you can simply decrease the shutter speed by a stop or two to achieve the same result.

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LEARN HOW TO USE “LIGHTROOM” FOR YOUR WINTER PHOTOS:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell – Image lightened and contrast added through “lightroom”

One thing to understand, that I have found, no matter how hard you try with your camera, getting it perfect, getting the snow to look white, and the other trees, mountains to have nice rich color may require some work on “lightroom” to get it right. I absolutely love how my winter photos have turned out since I have used “lightroom”.

GET YOUR PHOTOS WHILE THE SNOW IS STILL FRESH:

Photo by Lanny Cottrell -Editor of 123Photogo
Facebook photo of Orem, Utah with Mount Tipanogos in the background after a snowfall.

There is something really magical about taking your winter photos right after a snowfall. The snow hasn’t had time to settle, everything is covered in snow, and the beauty of winter is amazing just then. As they say, sometimes in photography, the best photos come from just having good timing.

TRY TAKING PICTURES WHILE IT IS STILL SNOWING

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Taking pictures while it is snowing shows that you will do anything to get the “perfect photo”. It takes some fortitude to go out during the snowstorm, but, the pictures are real. As you do this, make sure you use a somewhat fast shutter speed to get your snow to stop in mid-air. If you can’t get a fast enough shutter speed, raise your ISO up higher to be able to make those changes.

bare trees on snow covered landscape
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WATCH OUT FOR YOUR BATTERIES

Oh yeah, the batteries go weak when they get cold. If you are planning on going out for an extended time, make sure you have some extra batteries. And keep your batteries in your pocket as much as possible when you are not using the camera, or put your spare batteries in your pocket, and alternate them.

TRY DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES WHILE OUT IN THE SNOW:

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Winter storms create amazing photos that you can’t get any other time. Try different angles, perspectives of what is amazing about the storm. You will capture photos that a lot of people miss.

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CONCLUSION:

Winter is an amazing time to take photos. Be brave and go out and take a few photos. The winter scenes are always amazing, and you can get photos that not many people capture.

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IS PETER PARKER (SPIDERMAN) NOT A PHOTOGRPAHER?

The previous Spider-Man movie franchises starring Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield both featured the character having a freelance profession as contributing photographer to The Daily Bugle, a well-known news source among Marvel Comics, that paid Peter Parker for images ironically taken of himself as the web-slinger.

Cameras used by Peter Parker on screen in the past include a Canon F-1N with an AE finder used by Maguire, A Nikon F2 by Nicholas Hammond in 1977, and Garfield iconically used a Yashica Electro 35 GSN model in the Amazing Spider-Man movies.

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Even rival Eddie Brock, another contributor to The Daily Bugle and eventual host of alien symbiote Venom, is seen shooting on what appears to be a Nikon D50 in Maguire’s Spider-Man 3. So why haven’t we seen Tom Holland’s younger rendition of Peter Parker using a camera, when being a photographer is a pivotal feature of the character’s beloved origin?

SO WHAT TYPE OF CAMERA DOES PETER PARKER USE?

What this means for Spider-Man is that his story has been re-told multiple times with different origins and characteristics. Marvel has clearly opted for a more modern Spider-Man in the Tom Holland franchises whereby we see Peter using a phone camera as opposed to a film camera with his background as a photographer completely ignored in the MCU franchise thus far. 

The only camera use we have really seen in relation to Peter Parker so far in Tom Holland’s trilogy is when poor Mr Harrington drops what looks like a Leica Digilux 3 into the water when on a European school trip during the previous movie, Spider-Man Far From Home, where we also see MJ (played by Zendaya) snapping images on her smartphone from a river boat.

CONCLUSION:

It is unlikely, however, that Peter Parker will become the photographer he was meant to be in the latest No Way Home instalment with the plot featuring SO MUCH going on from what multiple trailers have so far revealed to us. 

The inclusion of The Daily Bugle, even as a small part of the movie, with such a heavy importance placed on the news outlet used as promotional material no doubt has fans and photographers excited to see our favorite web-shooter (pardon the pun) in the upcoming feature arriving to cinemas on Dec 17 (US) and Dec 15 (UK). 

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WHY YOU SHOULD “PRINT” SOME OF YOUR PHOTOS:

Have you ever thought of this: On your computer are hundreds, maybe thousands of images you have created. How often do you even look at them? What is photography but a capture of a memory, whether it’s artistic, or whether it’s photos of your family.

When you actually print a photo that you have taken, you do something that adds to the art of photography, by putting it on display. If you had company come over to your house, would you be accused of being a photographer? The point of all this is that you need to also add this step to your photography, by putting your work, your art on display.

Print at home or printing service (online or photo shop)

With me, I have my own Canon Printer at home, hooked up to my computer. I purchase regularly quality photo paper, not printing paper. The photo paper is stiffer, and has true white on the paper, so that if I was to print something from my winter collection, the snow will be white.

Winter photos I have in my collection that is one I really enjoy. It was cold that day, and the memories are still with me when I took this photo.

If you only want to print, say, 4×6 sizes for record-keeping purposes, simply ordering prints online will be cheaper, once you factor in the cost of ink, paper, how frequently you print, etc. The negative side is that you get what you get, and you must wait a few days to get the finished product.

Once you move up to A4 and A3+ sizes, the costs will be closer, but now you will probably be printing regularly as part of your photography and really enjoying doing so. You will have control over everything—types of paper, special inks, etc., and can produce superb prints. It can also be very creative as, if necessary, you can amend prints as you go. As I mentioned, it can become a most enjoyable part of your photography. Watching your completed print emerging from the printer can be a great experience—almost as exciting as watching your print emerge in your developer print tray in the darkroom.

Digital images on your computer are ephemeral. How often do you actually look at your pictures? When you print an image, it becomes real and you can keep it visible. Prints are tactile—something one can feel!

If you are printing A4-sized or larger, you really begin to take the time to review your images, as it will cost a bit. A great discipline to add to your enjoyment!

You look at your images more carefully, which can help you improve your photography.

Once you begin to print images at a reasonable size, you will find that your appreciation of your own photography develops and you will become more creative.

You are really beginning to discover the second half of the photographic process, which is what you do with your special images.

You might print an image at A3+ size, frame it and mount it on a key wall somewhere. It can become your image space and you can change the image every two months or so. Your family will also see why you spend time on your photography.

Family images displayed around the house help family members keep connected and remember special occasions, too.

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why you should print your photos

Here is one more thing that is a great idea, if you are needing an excuse to print your images:

Consider making personalized greeting cards. A5 size is great: just select an appropriate image, print it and include a personalized message. The possibilities are endless and they are always very well received! Also, they cost less than commercial cards!

One last thought: If you want others to enjoy your photography, you should print some photos and then you too, will enjoy your photography.

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AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHERS DO WHATEVER IT TAKES

20 amazing photographers who are ready to do anything for the perfect shot
When anything interesting, terrifying or beautiful happens somewhere around the world, you can bet that a photographer will be on their way to take a shot of it. Most of them won’t stop at anything to get that one incredible shot. Here are 20 photographers whose readiness to achieve their goal will quite simply blow your mind.
PRETENDING TO BE A SNOWDRIFT:

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HE WAITED FOR A HALF A DAY LIKE THIS:

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PHOTOGRAPHERS ALWAYS HAVE TO BE READY TO RUN LIKE CRAZY:

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AS WELL AS DEAL WITH ALL KINDS OF SERIUOSLY DANGEREOUS SITUATIONS

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AND OCCASSIONALY DEAL WITH THEIR FEAR OF HEIGHTS

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AND AT THE SAME TIME STAY POSITIVE – NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS:

(с) Sergey Borodin

THEY’LL BEAR ANYTHING IF IT MEANS THEY WILL GET THE RIGHT ANGLE:

(c) Dejan Smaic

AND RISK EVERYTHING IN ORDER TO KEEP TRACK OF SOMETHING IMPORTANT:

(c) Michael-a


THEY CAN ALWAYS SNAP AN ORDINARY OBJECT BETTER THAN MOST OF THE REST OF US CAN

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THEY JUST KNOW HOW TO POSITION THEMSELVES TO GET THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE:

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THEY KNOW WHAT IT MEANS TO GET RIGHT UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL:

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THEY ALWAYS HAVE EVERYTHING THEY MIGHT NEED AT THE READY

(с) Gleb Tarro

…..NO MATTER HOW HEAVY IT IS:

(c) Juza

THEY TAKE GREAT CARE OF THEIR EQUIPMENT:

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AND THEY ARE ALWAYS READY TO FACE THE ELEMENTS:

(c) Veselin Malinov

THEY GET INSPIRATION WHEN OTHERS FEEL NONE:

(c) Ivan Kuznetsov

THE RIGHT PERSPECTIVE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS:

(c) chrischambersphotography

YOU HAVE TO HOLD YOUR BREATH:

(c) Will Burrard-lucas

AND CONTROL EVERY MUSCLE IF YOU WANT TO SUCCEED

(c) Shamas Malik

AND THE MOST IMPORTANT THING:  HAND OVER SOMETHING IMPRESSIVE TO YOUR BOSS:

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We are entering the perfect season for photographers!

green leaf plant beside river
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There are so many exciting things that you will soon be able to take photos of. For example:

  • Those in the Northern Hemisphere will soon have “Autumn”
red leaf trees near the road
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  • It’s also harvest time:
photo of a person s hand touching wheat grass
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  • I love taking close-up photos this time of year:
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  • And finally: the weather alone is something interesting to take pictures of:
lightning and tornado hitting village
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I just wanted to take a moment to remind you of the many amazing photos that will be available for all photographers in the near future. I am excited as well.

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