Winter is a beautiful season that offers numerous opportunities for novices and experts alike to hone their skill and capture some memorable shots. Whether you have an iPhone or a high-tech DSLR, there is something for you to learn from this list of snow photography tips.
1. Dealing With Reflections
When photographing in the snow, make sure to use a lens hood. The flare caused by the snow make your photos a bit hazy to look at. For pretty much the same reason, avoid using your camera’s flash while shooting as it can reflect on the snow’s surface and lead to overexposure. If you are shooting during snowfall, the flash will probably turn snowflakes into off-putting balls of overexposed light.
2. Focus on Contrast
Autofocus usually has a hard time locking on when everything else is white. It is designed to help you focus a dark subject, like a tree branch or a park bench covered with snow. Your camera’s autofocus needs contrast that it will focus on, so a mere snow dune may not bring about the best results.
3. Capture It Fresh
There is nothing like freshly fallen snow. If you are going for footprint-free snow, you may want to plan out which photos you are going to take, and in which order you will take them in. this might mean stepping out of the house early.
4. Be Diverse
You may be tempted to photograph the snow only, but make sure to include some other elements in addition to the snow. Unless your goal is to capture a photograph of a glorified whiteness, add a little interesting detail by including other elements, such as trees, children playing in the background, a car, etc.
5. Experiment with Shutter Speed
Shutter Priority enables you to pick your camera’s shutter speed, and the camera manages the remaining aspects. With a fast camera shutter speed, you can freeze falling snowflakes. On the other hand, a slow shutter speed allows you to transform those snowflakes into white, long flashes.