So, winter is on its way and with that brings a whole new range of skills needed in order to make the best of this season! But how do you make the most of a crisp winter morning and get a winter snap that really captures to dew on the grass or the robin in the tree? Read this winter blog to find out!
Your equipment is vital in order to get a good winter photography experience as you will often be in one place for long periods of time, trying to get good light or adjusting your camera settings. So we would recommend that you wear a suitable winter jacket – not one from a fashion shop, we mean a weatherproof, warm jacket! Waterproof leggings are also vital; these will keep you dry and warm if you’re going to be sitting in the snow for an hour or so. Also don’t forget to complete the look with suitable footwear such as hiking boots or wellies.
Now, for the camera, fairly simple, its just the same as your summer gear really however you may want to include some extra items such as a towel or tissues to wipe the back of your camera, an extra battery or two for those long stints as batteries don’t last as long in the cold as they do in normal temperatures.
A key skill you will need when doing winter photography is learning how to expose. The white snow can play havoc with your camera and your photography, in order to solve this, we recommend that you spend more time with your camera than you usually would in the summer and constantly shoot and check, so as to get the best photographs of your favourite winter scene.
The best time of day for winter photography is the same as summer photography, in the morning and evening, when the sun is at an angle which causes a good, slanting light that can really bring out all the detail of the snow and landscape around you.
Another big tip is to just get out of comfort zone with winter and try loads of new techniques, filters, angles and scenes! For example: try doing some winter photography in the mist as it will give the photograph a completely different atmosphere and help to separate the scenes.