Want to get better at photographing snow? Here is a selection of our best tutorials on how to take pictures of snow, with tips on everything from exposure to keeping your camera safe.
Simple tutorials for photographing snow
Modern digital cameras are equipped with very accurate exposure meters, but they still have to be used properly to get well-exposed pictures.
Your camera’s meter works by measuring reflected light and then calculating what the best exposure should be. The problem when photographing snow is that the light reflected from a light subject is very different from that reflected from a dark subject, and this can cause the camera’s meter to get the exposure wrong.
Just because it’s miserable outside doesn’t mean you can’t take great winter photos. With a bit of imagination and perhaps some warm clothes, there is no reason your photography has to hibernate for the winter.
Winter offers some wonderful picture-taking opportunities, both outdoors and in, and we hope this list of 53 photo ideas inspires you to crawl out from under your duvet. Whatever weather you’re photographing, snow, rain and frost make great subjects, and the constantly changing light can be both a challenge and a revelation.
Winter light. Just look at it. Makes it all worthwhile, doesn’t it? Winter photography may have you fumbling with frozen fingers as you work through your camera’s custom functions.
Photographing snow may leave you waiting around, stamping your feet as the sun slowly rises in between anxious glances at the battery charge indicator… But being there for The Moment makes winter photography certainly worth all its rigid demands.
The light, colours and textures make photos come alive at this time of year. In this tutorial we’ll show you how to make the most of the light and textures that are prevalent in winter, with inspirational images and photography tips from professional photographers who make their living standing in the cold.
Winter landscape photography offers a particular set of challenges that can spoil the efforts of even the most seasoned of photographers.
Even the best landscape photography tips often can’t prepare you for photographing snow and how to deal with extreme contrast and highly reflective surfaces. We’re hoping our latest photography cheat sheet can change all that.
Our winter landscape photography cheat sheet presents four handy flowcharts which take you step-by-step through how to compose for winter landscapes, and then how to fine tune your exposure for snow, extreme contrast and bright skies.
Just because it’s bitterly cold outside there’s no need to hang up your DSLR until the spring. Admittedly it’s hard to be enthusiastic about heading out to photographing snow when the temperature dips below zero, especially when you know you’re going to be standing still for long periods of time.
But the visual delights of beautiful frost-covered landscapes and snow photography are sure to make your efforts worthwhile – in fact, you might find that you’re inspired to take your best shots yet.
With the nights drawing in, photographers can make the most of the low light conditions by getting out with your camera to capture glowing sunsets, inky blue moonlit skies and atmospheric stormy scenes. Below we’ve offered our best low-light photography tips for capturing beautiful winter seascapes.
Want to shoot winter wildlife photography but not leave the comfort of home? Find out how to stay warm – and well hidden – and hone your bird photography skills on the many birds that are active in your garden this time of year.
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