Would you like to learn more about winter landscape photography?
In this article I would like to share some useful winter landscape photography tips with you.
1. Look for a color contrast.
When the snow is falling, the landscape changes drastically. So much of the landscape becomes white that it can be quite challenging to find a focal element, as nothing really stands out.
When you are selecting your main focus, or focal point of your photo, search for a color contrast in the landscape. During days like this, you can search for elements of color that stand out in the otherwise white landscape.
2. Use the natural light during sunrise and sunset.
During winter time, the sunrise and sunset can be very dramatic, especially right before or after snow storms. Keep in mind that during winter, the sun rises later in the day and sets much earlier.
An extra tip is that the light after sunset can be extraordinary. Elements of for example blue, pink or yellow can contribute to creating a photo with a special color light.
3. Increase the exposure setting on your camera for sunny and bright photo conditions.
When you are shooting during sunny and bright winter conditions, or trying to capture the pure whiteness of the fresh snow, adjust your exposure compensation by +0.3 or +0.7. Cameras don’t know that you are shooting snow, so you have to tell the camera that you are shooting something bright and adjust your exposure. This way you get the desired snow colors.
4. Take good care of your camera and the batteries in the cold.
Consider a weather protection cover for your camera when you are out in the snow or rain. Batteries lose their power when exposed to low temperatures. You can easily cheat the cold by keeping your spare batteries warm. Just keep the extra batteries in your inner pocket, and close to your body heat. Another very useful tip is to wait ten minutes before turning your camera on after coming in from the cold. Electronic equipment in general need some time to adjust to sudden temperature changes.
5. Make use of natures special effects.
Is it snowing or did someone mention fog? This is your chance to go and get some unique photos. These weather conditions can create awesome effects in your winter landscape photos. When this landscape unfolded during a road trip in Norway, we just had to stop and get some photos.
6. Try to shoot during blue hour.
Take a walk after sunset during winter and experience first hand the special blue light that can add that magical atmosphere to your photos.
Good luck and stay warm!