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8 Tips on Snapping that Perfect Winter Picture

December 19, 2016 9:36 am

As winter approaches, photographers begin their yearly quest to capture iconic winter pictures of the soft snowfall, icy frost, and frozen lakes. Both the rural and urban photographers have ample opportunities to snap the perfect winter picture, but these eight tips will take their outdoor photography to the next level.

Capture the brightest snows

As any skier knows, sometimes snow can be blindingly bright. If you are shooting in sunny and snowy condition, trying to capture the white of the snow can be tricky. To avoid your snow from looking blue-tinted or gray, use a gray card to set a custom white balance. Always shoot in RAW as it will be easier to make any corrections in post-production editing.

Don’t lose power

Cold temperatures can reduce the life of the batteries, which dramatically lowers the number of images you can take before the battery dies. Never embark on a winter photography session without at least one pair of spare batteries. Keep the spare batteries warm by storing them in an inner pocket close to your body.

Note: Store only the extra batteries in your coat; do not try to keep your entire camera warm under your jacket to preserve battery life because you will end up with a foggy lens.

Avoid the lens fog

Nothing is more frustrating that going to snap a picture but missing it because the lens is foggy. Fog occurs easily as you move from cold temperatures to warm temperatures. Avoid the lens fog by replacing the lens cap and storing your camera in your camera bag before you head indoors to warm up.

Invest in the right gloves

The outdoor photographer faces a dilemma when shooting in winter: to suffer from freezing hands or to struggle with bulky gloves that make controlling the camera settings difficult. Photo gloves feature thinner material around the fingertips, which makes controlling your camera easier than struggling with traditional, bulky gloves.

Using the right lens to capture snowfall

Snowfall is one of the most magical and beautiful aspects of winter. However, capturing snow in an image is not always magical or easy. To create a full-bodied image with depth, use a 200mm lens with a shallow aperture. Use a fast shutter speed (at least 1/400) and you will have a picture with crisp snowflakes in both the foreground and the background.

Plan ahead

When shooting in winter, careful planning can help you achieve a beautiful photograph. Whether you are shooting in a rural setting or an urban one, sunrise and sunset are ideal for landscape photography. As you plan for your shot, be mindful of your footsteps as they might mar a perfect snowy landscape.

Protect your gear

Your camera is your number one tool in taking the perfect winter photograph. As such, keeping your camera and other equipment protected from the elements is important. Invest in a high-quality snow cover.

Dry your camera carefully

If your camera gets a dusting of snow on it, as soon as your camera warms up, the snow will melt and leave behind water droplets. Carefully wrap your camera in an absorbent towel to whisk away any moisture. Be careful of not pushing water into the camera when trying to dry it.

If you follow these tips and can take beautiful winter photographs, take care to preserve the photos immediately and transfer them to your preferred storage place. For photographers in NYC, photo printing is the next step after taking a winter photograph. From digital prints to fine art mounted prints, let Baboo Digital assist you.