Winter accentuates the harshest aspects of our climate, with many people storing their camera bags until early spring. However, if you put your camera away, you will miss out on the raw beauty that this magnificent season has to offer.
Here are some suggestions for making the journey more enjoyable.
- Dress appropriately: It is critical to dress warmly when photographing winter photos. Winter brings the harshest elements, so always be prepared if you plan to spend a few days out and about.
- Monitor the weather: It is critical to be aware of the weather forecast. You don’t want to travel for a couple of hours and then hear a weather forecast stating that the following several days will be rain. The weather can change radically in a couple of hours during the winter months.
It’s always prudent to inform someone of your whereabouts and intended path. If you are hurt or become trapped in a storm, someone may be able to assist you.
- Carry only what you require: Carry only what you require. You are not need to upload your entire camera bag with all of your equipment. If you’re going to be out all day photographing, you’re far better off going light. Additionally, carrying a modest burden helps conserve energy. If you’re climbing ice cliffs or traversing snow-covered hills, a warm flask would be far more useful than a third camera.
- Pay attention to detail: In most subjects, snow, ice, and frost bring out the texture and atmosphere. A crisp early dawn is great for close-up photography. Additionally, the cold morning brings out the patterns in our landscapes.
Take attention where you place your camera: if you are photographing early in the morning, try positioning it at an angle to the sun – this will create dramatic shadows in your shots. Additionally, this will add mood to your landscape photographs. Once you’ve located the ideal location, pay close attention to foreground interest to create depth to your photograph.
- Expose with caution: Snow and ice are exceedingly difficult to properly expose. Snow frequently throws your camera’s metering system or hand-held light metre for a loop. When a light reading is taken from snow, the image is automatically underexposed. Snow will be recorded as grey by the metre.
Shooting Winter Landscapes
The time has come to begin bracketing your shots. If you bracket your shots, add 1–2 stops of light to adjust for the reading from your light metre. Utilizing an 18% grey card, as mentioned in a previous article, should also provide an accurate light reading.