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:
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:
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:
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.
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?
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?
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.
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.
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.
GET YOUR SUBJECT IN THE VIEWFINDER MORE
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.
BE AWARE OF YOUR BATTERIES POWER
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.
KEEP YOUR CAMERA AND LENS DRY
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.
MAKE SURE TO GIVE YOUR CAMERA WARMING TIME BEFORE SHOOTING AGAIN INSIDE
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!
WEAR WARM CLOTHING
And the most important… Wear thick socks and gloves. If you can get some gloves that are fingerless, that will help during your 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.
ARTICLE WRITTEN BY LANNY COTTRELL /CREATOR OF 123PHOTOGO.
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.