Going on a Winter Photography Quest: Tips and Advice

winter treesThis winter is proving to be quite a cold and snowy one in many parts of the US and the World. While the cold weather can be annoying, all that snow and frost provides lots of great photography opportunities. Just grab your camera, switch on your imagination and create your personal winter wonderland. And to make sure you succeed, here are some tips from DropShots.

1. Plan Your Route

When you go on a photography excursion during the summer months, you have the luxury of warm weather and long hours of daylight. Winter doesn’t give you all that, so you’ll need to plan your route in advance. Try to find places that look good in snow. This could be a park with its benches and lampposts, or something more rural where you can spot a snow-covered barn. It’s up to you to choose, but you need to plan your trip to catch the maximum amount of daylight.

2. Protect Your Camera and Yourself

When going on a winter photography quest, you have to take into account possible bad weather. While the cold is not so bad for your camera, the snow or rain can do some real damage. So, if you have a dSLR, make sure you choose your lens for the day at home and attach it, and use a protective case for your camera body. You can make a DIY raincoat for your camera from an ordinary plastic bag and some tape. Make sure you bring some bags and a roll of tape with you. Also it’s a good idea to take something to wipe the moisture from your camera lens. Microfiber cloth works best.

You should also make sure you dress appropriately to protect yourself from the snow, rain and cold. It’s up to you how to dress, but I will recommend using thinner gloves instead of thick ones. If you have to, put on two pairs of thinner ones. That would make taking photos more manageable than if you are wearing bulky gloves.

3. Don’t Let the Snow Trick Your Camera

The snow is so white and so bright that it can trick your camera’s settings if you are not using full manual controls. If you don’t want to come home after your trip only to find a bunch of nasty grey photos. To make sure this doesn’t happen, check your camera settings before you start taking photos. Most cameras have a special scene mode for shooting snow, so choose that if you can’t be bothered to configure everything manually. You can also raise your exposure a bit, but be careful and don’t make the photos too light because that will erase all the details.

And last but not least, don’t be lazy and take several shots of the same scene using different settings. The more shots you take, the better your chance to create a perfect winter photo. You can then use a program like Duplicate Photo Cleaner to delete all the extra shots.

Have fun creating your photos of a winter wonderland and don’t forget to share them here on DropShots!

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