Taking photographs in bad weather is something that outdoor photographers have no worry about. They get their best photos, often, in bad weather. I for one, look forward to a snowy day, and taking photos in the snowstorm, or just after the storm. So, how do we do it?

#1 – first of all, the photographer needs to prepare himself (or herself):

Taking pictures in a storm is something that the photographer needs to prepare for. If you have a great opportunity to take the most amazing photo, but, you are not dressed warm enough, or covered enough, then you may just mess up your photo. You, the photographer needs to take care of yourself. Sometimes, when I go out into the snowstorms, I make sure I have shoes or boots that are weatherproof, or waterproof. It helps so much not to have cold feet.

#2 – Consider getting a camera that is waterproof, or weatherproof
Pentax K-30 camera is designed to be waterproof

Now, I am not suggesting that you give up your current dslr camera and go with a waterproof camera, but, if you are a regular photographer in the rain or snow, then it might be worth having just a second camera that will allow you and it to be in the storm. Or, you might find that the waterproof camera is better than your dslr. There are a lot of good photographers that have more than 1 camera in their bag. I have a second camera that is in my bag, not a dslr, but it is a great camera to take in the rain.

The RICOH WG series is well known for its tough design, but with the RICOH WG-50 we acheived a waterproof performance down to 14m, and shock proof against falls from height of 1.6m.

The Ricoh WG 50 camera is the one that I keep in my bag. I usually will take this on hikes, instead of the big dslr, because, not only is it rugged, it is waterproof as well. Plus, this is not a shabby camera to take pictures with. It has a lot of camera features I like.

#3 – If you don’t have a waterproof camera, then find ways to waterproof your current camera:

We live in a wonderful world with inventions that literally take care of every problem. If you go to an online photo retailer, you will find weatherproof bags for your camera, housings that go around your camera, and a lot more different ideas. What I would warn you against, however, is trying to use a plastic grocery bag to waterproof your camera. Please make sure you get a bag that is made for a camera in the rain:

Ruggard makes a variety of camera bags for your camera. This bag in this photo was listed at a dealer for only $9.95.
#4 – Your light meter will love the rain, but, not the snow!

If you are an experienced photographer, you will have been introduced to the 18% grey card. All light meters in all cameras are calibrated to that color grey:

18% grey card

Everything would be perfect in your photo, if you used the grey card with every photo. But, that’s not realistic. But, for certain things, it could make or break you. The interesting thing about a rainy day, is that your whole scenery is probably close to this grey card. You can be pretty happy with most of your photos. But, shooting in the snow is a problem. Some cameras have an automatic mode that would be for snow or beach sand. If you set your mode for that, your photos will actually have white snow. And of course, I know that a lot of photographers will take their photos home and just lighten up the exposure with their “Lightroom” app. That works too. If you don’t have any of those, things, your camera will usually have a dial that says: +1, +2, -1, -2. This is an exposure compensation dial. If you know you are going to take photos in the snow, you can turn that dial to +1.5 and the camera will increase the exposure to +1.5, which will give you white snow, instead of that blue or grey snow.

#5- Learn how to take photos with an umbrella, or hire a friend to hold the umbrella.

The umbrella idea seems to be a good alternative, but, if you have been in a storm, it might be blowing, someone or something will splash. So, this will work as long as you can control those things.

#6 – For rainy day photos, bring up your ISO setting to a higher value

If you are used to having all your photos taken at ISO 100, you may want to consider changing the ISO setting to 400 or 800. You are going to have an issue with light at the usual 100 ISO, so, prepare your camera to be able to shoot in lower light than usual.

Wherever the ISO speed is located on your particular camera, its function will be the same: determining the sensitivity to light of your camera’s light sensor. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Rainy or snowy weather is a subject that most miss out on, but, is one of the most rewarding. If you have an opportunity to take pictures in the rain, then do it. But, prepare yourself with the steps listed above. Don’t take a chance. A repair for a regular dslr that has water damage is not a pretty picture (no pun intended).


Whether or not you like winter, the one thing all people will agree on, is that Winter can be so beautiful. The snow seems to just put purity in the air, and make every thing so white and beautiful. If you are a photographer, winter will be one season you like, just for the photography opportunities.

Here is a collection of the best winter photos I could find from several sources. Hope you enjoy them:

landscape photography of snow pathway between trees during winter
Photo by Simon Berger on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
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time lapse photography of curved road with vehicles passing
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
green trees
Photo by James Wheeler on
branches cold conifers environment
Photo by Pixabay on
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Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
Black and White photo of trees covered with snow. Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell Photography
brown wooden house covered with snow near pine trees
Photo by Pixabay on
photography of road during winter season
Photo by Postmans on
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Berries covered in snow – Photo by Lanny Cottrell
landscape photography of mountains
Zions Canyon National Park just after a snowstorm. Photo by Andy Vu on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
Photo by Marcel Walter on Unsplash
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
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While we have winter going on in most of the northern half of the world, let’s put a collection together of amazing winter photos. I will admit, I am not one who likes the cold, but, I love it when it snows so I can go add winter photos to my collections. Enjoy:

house field and tree covered with snow near body of water
Photo by Luca Chiandoni on
grayscale photo of tree on a snow covered field
Photo by Todd Trapani on
pink leaved tree during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on
photo of siberian husky
Photo by Kateryna Babaieva on
landscape photo of mountain filled with snow
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
snowy forest
Photo by Pixabay on
white and black bird on tree branch
Photo by Erik Karits on
field covered with snow during sun rise
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli on
photo of reindeer in the snow
Photo by Annika Thierfeld on
snowy field near trees under golden hour
Photo by Tobias Bjørkli on
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Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography. Originally done in color, but this was changed to black and white. Black and white looks better, I think.
snow covering pine tree
Photo by Jill Wellington on
bare trees surrounding house
Photo by Tiziano Pedrini on
Fog in Bear Lake Valley, Utah. Photo taken by Lanny Cottrell photography
mountain cover by snow
Photo by stein egil liland on
photo of snow field near trees
Photo by Burak K on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
time lapse photography of curved road with vehicles passing
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
person wearing gray and white socks near brown fireplace
Photo by Taryn Elliott on
photo of deer on snowfield
Photo by Louis on
red fruit handing on tree branch selective color photography
Photo by Pixabay on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
depth of field photography of ice shards
Photo by Kevin Blanzy on
photo of orange trees
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
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If you are a regular scenic photographer, you obviously have tried your skills at all the different seasons. Many people find that summer and fall are probably the easiest, because everything is green, and flowers are blooming, there is just so much color in those two seasons.

I have recently discovered how beautiful winter is. I probably have learned to love the winter photography, because of it’s challenge. Here are just a few examples of what is so hard about winter photography:

Right after a snowfall. If you look for it, you can do some incredible black and white photos.

1- It’s cold and miserable (had to be first on the list). 2- It’s hard to shoot everything that is white, and get it perfect. The light meter just does not understand you are shooting white things. 3- I have to worry about my batteries going “dead” before I finish taking the photos. 4- I have a hard time finding things to take pictures of in the winter.

Winter is cold and miserable. Who wants to be miserable while taking pictures?

It’s time to look into snow boots, gloves, hats, and coats that keep you warm. If you are going to actually go out in to the snow to take pictures, you must dress warm.

Being in the snow is a challenge. Learn to dress warm and you will enjoy it.

Two people in a conversation about the weather: one person says they hate winter because it’s always so cold. The other person says: “Winter is the best because you can just put on more clothes and fix the problem”. The first person says they love summer the best because it’s warm, everything is green. The second person says: “I hate summer. It’s too hot! You can take off all your clothes and you are still hot. You just can’t get away from it”.

Look, there are ways to solve all the above problems. Just learn how to fix it.

How can I make my snow look white, instead of blue or grey?

When you use your automatic mode on your camera, the white snow will come out either blue or grey.

How come you get blue or grey snow? Here is the real reason: The light meter in your camera is balanced to a spec called 18%grey. If you take all the colors in the world, and mix them up, you will get grey. And your light meter in your camera doesn’t know you are taking pictures of white. It thinks the white is supposed to be grey. So, what do you have to do? You have to “overexpose” just slightly so that it gives you a brighter picture. Overexpose? That’s not in my book. If you want white snow with your photo, then overexpose. If you are shooting in an automatic mode, then find the dial that goes: +.5, +1, +1.5, +2.0 and so forth. You have to experiment a little so you know how much that dial should be set at. It will vary depending on your light. A good rule of thumb is to set your camera dial at: +1.5. That should be the best choice, and then check out your results.

Another way to do it, and it depends on your camera, is the little pictures or icons on your camera. If you set the dial to “snow” or “sand”, it should work pretty good with that setting. Again, try it, and see how it looks.

How do I protect my batteries in the cold?

Every good winter photographer is aware of this problem. And every good winter photographer keeps a spare set of batteries in his pocket. It is just something you do if you want to be successful at winter photos.

What can I take pictures of in the winter? Everything looks so “dead”.

That’s because everything is dormant right now. But, there is beauty in this if you look for it. Look at the trees? Are they covered in snow? What angle would work?

Sometimes winter will provide you with a little fog to create a certain mood.

When you look at the photo above, yes, you can see a bunch of dead plants to the side of this road. But, notice how they are all frosted. Or they could have snow on them to make it even more interesting. Use your composition skills as well and look for leading lines.


If you want to take good winter photos, it will take practice. And you will have to get into the habit of “looking for a photo”, to get something you want. It seems that every time I go out and take photos in the winter, I can come up with some real good photos every time, because I “look for a photo”. Apply these tips listed here and you too can enjoy winter.

Here are some more winter photos I love:

Aspen forest in the winter.

Learn how to take great winter photos:

Most people, when they think of winter, just want to stay in the house and be warm. Winter is definitely a harsh, brutal time of the year. But, the photographers of the world are noticing all the beautiful photos they can take. And as they go out to take pictures they are challenged by the harshness of the light, the exposure, the ability to think through the white balance and so on.

Let’s get in to the best tips of taking photos in the winter:


Let’s be up front with you right now. The camera will do it’s job, but, it really doesn’t know that you are taking pictures of snow. It thinks you are going to take pictures of dirt, and it’s about 18% grey. So, if you just leave your camera on auto, your snow won’t be white, it will be grey or a blue. When you look at your pictures, you will wonder what happened. It is often helpful to overexpose by +0.3 to +1.0 EV for a better exposure value, achieving a truer whiteness but taking care not to overexpose too much and lose any detail. How much of an increase you will need depends on a number of factors, as all cameras have slightly different settings and the light around you is not always the same. So play around.

photo of snow field near trees
Photo by Burak K on

I have also found that if you learn your camera well, you can use the “white balance” feature of your camera. That is basically telling the camera that what you are pointing at is white.


If you can get your subject to fill the frame in your camera’s viewfinder, that will work wonders for you. Allow the camera to take a better and more accurate reading and avoid the subject being too backlit, which will cause a silhouette effect. It’s best to take a meter reading from just in front of your subject, then light and set meters accordingly, but for amateur purposes the former is better, especially if you are relying on the camera to do the lion’s share of the metering.

man using ski
Photo by Mati Mango on

When you get out in the cold, and your taking lots of photos, the one thing you want to be aware of is the fact that batteries in your camera do not like the cold. Have a spare set or two in your pocket so you don’t miss those amazing photos.

batteries lot
Photo by mohamed Abdelgaffar on

It can actually be tricky to keep things dry while photographing in the snow. You take your lens cap off, and stick it in your pocket, then you touch some snow…. then you put your wet lens cap on your lens, and you have a problem now. Water spots on the lens. Make sure you check your lens regularly while shooting in the snow.

photo of woman taking photo
Photo by JACK REDGATE on
light landscape fashion man
Photo by C Technical on

Problems may occur when moving in and out of freezing conditions, so allow your camera to warm up slowly. Even better, if you need to start shooting again indoors then make sure you have a camera inside. Otherwise you may be stuck with a foggy lens while your camera warms up!

cheerful woman recording voice message on smartphone in street
Photo by Andrea Piacquadio on

And the most important… Wear thick socks and gloves. If you can get some gloves that are fingerless, that will help during your photography.

Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
DON’T MISS TOMORROWS BIG BLOG: THE ANNUAL: “ART OF BLACK AND WHITE”. Showcasing amazing photographers who have discovered that black and white is beautiful.


PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: Storms, Earth in turmoil !

Our world has been totally plagued this year with major storms. No continent has gone untouched in some way. With all the photographers out there, photos of these storms, and their impact have reached the internet. And some of the storms are just beautiful, while some storms or disasters are gut wrenching.

Today, I am posting some of those amazing photos of storms, the beauty, the chaos, and the destruction. For those who go out and take photos of these storms, thank you so much. We will enjoy these for a long time.

lightning strikes
Photo by Frank Cone on
person standing using red umbrella
Photo by Aline Nadai on
photo of lightning
Photo by Philippe Donn on
eye of the storm image from outer space
Photo by Pixabay on
architecture buildings business city
Photo by Aleksandar Pasaric on
big waves under cloudy sky
person riding a bicycle during rainy day
Photo by Genaro Servín on
rain of snow in town painting
Photo by Lisa Fotios on
christmas christmas house cold fir
Photo by Jill Wellington on
man pouring water from dipper on blue and grey house
Photo by hitesh choudhary on
lightning and tornado hitting village
Photo by Ralph W. lambrecht on
body of water surrounded with grass
Photo by Harrison Haines on
trees and cars covered by snow
Photo by Pixabay on
stormy sea near rocks under dramatic sky in hurricane weather
Photo by stein egil liland on
wood water summer broken
Photo by Robin Ramos on
reflection of clouds on body of water
Photo by Johannes Plenio on
volcano erupting at night under starry sky
Photo by Clive Kim on
light sea landscape water
Photo by Elsa S on
small river in winter forest
Photo by Brady Knoll on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
crashing waves
Photo by Ray Bilcliff on
erupting lava during daytime
Photo by Pixabay on
boy in brown t shirt and brown shorts standing on white wooden door
Earthquake Photo by cottonbro on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell
man on ski board on snow field
Photo by Paweł Fijałkowski on
photo of mountain under cloudy sky
Photo by Evgeny Tchebotarev on
sea city landscape nature
Photo by Tom Fisk on


I am not one who likes winter. It’s cold, and it’s dangerous to get around sometimes (at least where I live). But, I love the beauty that a good winter storm will bring.

Using Pexels and other photographers photos, I have put together this amazing collection of winter photos. I hope you will enjoy them, and at least give you motivation to go out and try some of these photo shots.

calm sunny day in winter countryside
Photo by Alex Kozlov on
leafless tree under gray sky
Photo by Simon Matzinger on
green pine trees covered with fogs under white sky during daytime
Photo by Lum3n on
photo of deer on snow
Photo by Louis on
time lapse photography of curved road with vehicles passing
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
photo of trees across mountains under cloudy sky
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger on
brown wooden house and mountain reflecting on lake
Photo by Ricardo Esquivel on
person standing in front of a train
Photo by Josh Hild on
beautiful beauty blond blur
Photo by Pixabay on
photo of snow covered trees
Photo by Jan Kopřiva on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell photography
Photo by Lanny Cottrell Photography
aerial photography of snow covered trees
Photo by Ruvim Miksanskiy on
snowy pathway surrounded by bare tree
Photo by on
bare tree on snow
Photo by Todd Trapani on
photo of siberian husky
Photo by Kateryna Babaieva on
Photo by Lanny Cottrell photography
two man hiking on snow mountain
Photo by Flo Maderebner on
mt fuji
Photo by Tomáš Malík on
person wearing gray and white socks near brown fireplace
Photo by Taryn Elliott on
body of water beside trees by snowfield near mountains
Photo by Pixabay on