Winter Photography: professional tips for working with seasonal light and textures

Winter Photography: professional ways of working with seasonal light and textures

How to photograph frost


Winter photography tips: how to photography frost

Image by Ben Hall

A crisp coating of frost can transform any shot, from rural landscape to close-ups in your garden.

Whatever the subject, the approach is the same – a fast one! A touch of sunlight, a degree or so rise in temperature and the magic’s gone.

This may work to your advantage, allowing you to contrast cool, frost-covered shadows against warm, sunlit areas of a scene.

If you’re working with close-up subjects, make sure you don’t breathe on them or knock them as you move your tripod around and try and frame the shot against a dark background in order to make the frosted edging stand out.

Winter photography tips: how to photography frost

Image by Adam Burton

Backlighting can make frost glow, although you’ll need to dial in extra exposure to compensate.

Frost is heaviest early in the morning and the pre-dawn light can provide soft lighting conditions which give the icy landscape a pastel tone.

Hoar frost can turn a landscape into a winter wonderland. The thick ice particles give a surreal air to a shot.

PAGE 1: Making the most of winter light
PAGE 2: Simple tips to boost your winter photography
PAGE 3: How to photograph frost
PAGE 4: How to photograph snow
PAGE 5: Get creative with your winter photography


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