9 Winter Photography Tips For the Everyday Photographer

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As a California native, dealing with cold temperatures and snow on the ground was not something that came naturally for me, camera in hand or otherwise. But now, as a mom and photographer living on the East Coast where we have very distinct and sometimes severe weather, I’ve needed to learn a few things about taking pictures in the cold Winter months.

Winter photography tips

Tricks for capturing the best Winter photos:

          • Keep your camera cold – This tip may sound surprising, but the fact is, taking your camera from the chilly outdoor temps to warmer temperatures indoors (or inside a jacket) can cause your lens to fog up. And, believe me, that fog or condensation WILL show up in any pictures you try to take. Cameras are built to function properly in freezing temps, so keep snapping away!

Winter photography tips

        • Bring extra (warm!) batteries – Cold batteries drain more quickly than warm batteries, so keep some spare batteries close by (stick them in your pocket, and they’ll stay plenty warm!).

Winter photography tips

      • Keep your camera and lens dry – it’s tough to catch snowy action shots while protecting your camera from all the falling moisture, but it’s there are a few steps you can take to protect your camera to ensure good shots. The simplest solution is to carry an umbrella to cover yourself and the camera from snowfall. If that doesn’t work, you can either purchase a rainsleeve for your camera model OR make a simple covering with a plastic bag and rubber bands (I think I may need to create a tutorial for a DIY rain and snow cover!). If all else fails, look for a covering (tree, porch, etc) to stand underneath and use your zoom!
      • Use fill flash – Sometimes the bright, white snow can be blinding to the eye and produce bright, washed out photos or subjects that are not properly exposed. It seems counter-intuitive to use a flash, but the flash actually balances out the sunlight reflected off the snow and fills in darker areas, so your subject will be properly exposed instead of too-dark against the bright snow.

Winter photography tips

    • Look for lines and shadows – Unlike the sometimes-busy landscapes of the warmer months, snow and ice tend to isolate and make the world a fresh canvas. Footprints and shadows stand out more than ever, and can become an engaging subject by themselves.

Winter photography tips

    • Focus on contrasting colors – colors, whether they are Winter coats and hats on a child or red berries on a bush, are accentuated against the bright whites of snow and ice and can create a very vivid, engaging photos.
    • Capture action – Use a fast shutter speed or action/sports mode to catch your kids or pets enjoying the snow…or even to capture the snow as it falls. Winter action shots are some of my favorites.

Winter photography tips

  • Bundle up….but leave your fingers free – Have you ever tried to take a picture while wearing gloves? It’s not easy. I recommend either investing in a pair of gloves with the fingertips exposed OR bringing along small handwarmers for your pockets. It will make snapping those quick, special moments much easier.
  • Winter photography tips

  • Capture the outside…from inside – Sometimes it’s just too cold or wet or snowy to venture outside. Catch the beauty of the Winter through a window. Just remember to turn the flash off when shooting through a window or else the light will bounce off the glass.

Winter photography tips
Do you have any Winter photography tips you’d like to share?

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I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between. You can also find me writing at Home Made Simple, Famous Footwear blog and P&G Everyday. *Add my posts to BlogLovin' or Feedly today!*

Comments

  1. These are awesome tips Lolli! I love the one to look for contrast. It is such a simple tip but it makes a picture pop! Love that one of the footprints. So neat how they help the eyes find the focus of the picture – the little boy!
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    Lolli Reply:

    Thank you! I love to use lines to add interest in pictures but it’s not something that I do without thinking, y’know?
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  2. That is awesome! Great tips! I obviously need them we are buried in snow this year ;)
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    Lolli Reply:

    Argh! We have only had ONE snow storm so far this year. (Really, I’m not complaining. It’s so much easier without snow!)
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  3. These are great tips. Never knew cold batteries drain out faster.

    One day, yes one day I will be able to put this into practice. (We live in warm warm Texas!!)
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    Lolli Reply:

    Believe me, I’ll trade you!
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  4. Great tips!!! And LOVE your photos! I’m inspired to go outside and try some :)
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    Lolli Reply:

    Thank you! I’m still waiting for enough snow this year to get some updated pictures. :)
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