Snow Photography Tips: Improve Winter Photography

Depending on where you live, the opportunity for photography involving snow could be an everyday occurrence or, perhaps, a once-in-a-lifetime chance. When you find snow, just remember you can shoot great winter photographs with your DSLR camera by following a few simple tips.

now Photography Preparation Tips

Photographing objects in snow has a lot of challenges, some of which you cannot prepare for ahead of time.

After all, winter weather can be extremely unpredictable. However, it’s important that you take the time to prepare for those items that you know you’re sure to encounter. For example:

  • Prepare for changes in lighting with the right accessories. The warm golden light at dawn, combined with the cold blue tones of snow, gives off magical effects. (Alternatively, you could shoot at sunset for similarly dramatic images.) Plus, the snow will be relatively untouched by footprints if you get up early!
  • Dress warmly and wear waterproof clothes. This may sound obvious, but you’ll be amazed by how quickly you lose heat in snowy conditions. Buy “shooting gloves” (which double up as mittens and fingerless gloves) and don’t forget a hat.
  • Keep your camera prepared, too. Make sure your camera’s batteries are all fully charged and place your camera in a camera bag while moving around so that it doesn’t get too cold. When you get home, try to put your camera in the coolest part of the house and let it warm back up gradually to avoid condensation. You could invest in some silica bags if the temperature difference is a real problem.
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