Tips for Winter Photography
Saturday, 04 December 2010 10:57
Winter is the beautiful season of year. If you keep your camera from hibernating, you will find some great photo ops around you.
Winter is the beautiful season of year. But a lot of people quit going outside and quit taking photos of nature. Cold weather can either help or hurt your photography. If you keep your camera from hibernating, you will find some great photo ops around you.
Here are some tips for you to try this winter.
Keep an extra battery warm.
Your camera will do fine in the cold, but your batteries won’t. Cold batteries die quickly, so carry plenty with you, change them often, and keep them warm (but not hot).
Find a pair of flexible gloves.
I have found nice fleece gloves with a rubberized grip that work very well (fleece gloves need the grip because the fleece is too slippery on a camera). A store that sells hunting clothing will often have great gloves for photographers, too (although you might have to try out a camouflage style).
Use a two-glove system when it is really cold.
I usually have a lighter pair of gloves for shooting, then a large pair of mittens to go over them in between shots.
Wear warm boots and socks.
Photographers often stand around a bit as they wait for sunset, for example, so warm boots are really a plus.
Watch your exposure.
Snow is white and should usually look white in a photograph, not gray. Snow scenes often cause a camera to underexpose it. Try increasing your exposure compensation by a full step (most digital cameras have this ability).
Never bring a cold camera directly into a warm space.
This can cause very unwelcome condensation on—and much worse, inside—your camera. Put your camera inside a zipped camera bag or inside a plastic Zip-Loc or other sealable bag, then bring it inside to warm up.
Get outside right after it snows.
Some of the best snow conditions for photography happen then.
Get outside right after a quick drop in temperature.
That’s when you often find some fantastic ice formations to photograph.
Photograph snow and ice at sunrise and sunset.
Winter sunsets are early and often have great color. Both sunrise and sunset color reflects in the snow and ice.
Finally, one of the most important winter photo tips involves your safety: Watch out for ice, and be careful!
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