With winter slowly approaching, most of you will be putting your summer gear away for next year. But wait, you might want to think twice before storing away your camera gear. You could be missing out on some great outdoor images that winter offers the photo enthusiast.
To make your outdoor winter photography more rewarding, here are a few tips to get you started.
Before setting out on your winter photo excursion, be sure to outfit your body with the appropriate clothing. It’s extremely important to bundle up warm anytime you’re outside in extreme elements when photographing winter images. It’s always better to be prepared.
Check your local weather forecast or the region you’ll be traveling to. You’ll want to know what the weather will be like so you won’t be caught off guard. During the winter season, the weather can change drastically in an instant.
If you’re venturing out on your own, it’s always a good idea to let someone know of your whereabouts and what route you’ll be taking. Should you become injured or get caught in a blizzard, someone will be able to come and help rescue you.
Carry only the items necessary for your trip. You don’t need to carry your whole camera gear with you in order to capture great images. Assuming that you will be shooting pictures for most of the day, it’s better to travel with the least amount of equipment possible.
Once you have reached your destination or found a suitable spot to photograph from, it’s time to scout for some interesting subjects. Snow and ice provide interesting patterns in landscape photography.
Watch where you position your camera; if you’re photographing in the early morning hours, consider positioning the camera at a slanted or inclined angle pointed towards the sun. This will enable you to give your landscape shots strong shadows that make for compelling images. Furthermore, it will add a certain amount of ambiance to your landscape photos. Don’t forget to pay attention to the foreground since this will add an extra amount of detail to your image.
This last tip is perhaps the most important one if you want your images to turn out perfectly. You must expose your subject in a proper manner. Snow and ice are very challenging to expose correctly. Snow normally confuses the camera’s metering system that can affect the quality of your image.
For example, whenever the camera’s built-in metering system measures the light reflecting off the snow, it will always result in the image being underexposed. The reason being is that the camera’s metering system records the snow as gray instead of white.
The good news is that today’s modern technology provides the individual with a variety of built-in scene modes and many other advanced features.
Capturing beautiful images has now become much easier. With a little practice, you too will end up with pictures you’ll be proud of.