Tips for Outdoor Winter Photography

For many, the coming of snow and colder weather can bring a wintry mix of feelings for the season. Winter brings warms thoughts of sitting by the fire with a nice book and some hot cocoa. To some it means new outdoor adventures building igloos and snowmen, sledding, skiing, skating, and beyond. For others though, it brings dreadful thoughts of shoveling, slipping on ice, and cold, windy commutes.

No matter what you think about winter though, you can’t deny its unique beauty and wonder.

For many photographers, winter truly is the most wonderful time of the year with so many different opportunities for creative and artistic works through snowfall, singular snowflakes, wintry scenes and landscapes, icicles, and much more.

At the same time, capturing the perfect photo in the winter can be challenging with foggy lenses, wet and cool environments, exposure to the elements, and other facts that may affect the quality of the image.

Here are a few helpful tips for beginnings and amateur photographers to improve their photography knowledge and skills this winter season.

  • For better snaps always judge the balance properly. To avoid a blue tint from the snow you should make adjustments manually.
  • Automatic cameras do have options in the settings for white snow and bright scenes. You should use the winter and snow modes to enhance your photos.
  • The object that you wish to expose properly should be placed in the center of the frame. Then holding the shutter button halfway recompose the photo and the object is placed where you want it to be all the time the exposure should be held in place. Then record the image pressing the shutter. An awesome winter picture will be captured.
  • Try to force the flash to fire when there are shadows in the image from the bright sunlight. The bright external light will eliminate the harsh shadow on the subject and the result is an improved picture.
  • In winter you have plenty of gorgeous scenery like greenery covered in snow, peeking bright red berries amidst a white blanket of snow and so on. These make for interesting photo opportunities so next time you are out for a winter stroll down the street or through the park be sure to have your camera with you!
  • Using the fast shutter speed allows you to shoot action photos like snowball fight or a skier gliding down the slopes. This is when taking advantage of the bright light will make for some awesome photos for your collection.
  • On a cloudy day photos may come out dull, flat, and dark. Using the fill flash you can pick out some good photos. You can also use the exposure bracketing for a better effect.
  • Use a waterproof camera bag to protect your equipment from snow, wind, and ice.
  • Lastly, you need to be really careful with the equipment when taking photos in winter. Do not be out in the cold conditions for long periods of time. This can affect the battery and the LCD of the camera may malfunction in such conditions. Also abrupt change of a camera lens from warm to cold can create fog and condensation.

Be sure to comment below with additional tips and tricks for capturing awesome winter scenes!