Winter is a great time for capturing some spectacular images! The cold, icy conditions can make for some interesting photo opportunities that you wouldn’t otherwise get like spectacular snowy landscapes, dramatic storms, even macros of snow and frost. It’s also your chance to get some great portraits. We have some creative ideas for you to try this cold and snowy season.
It just isn’t winter without snow. Capturing the falling snow flakes can be a great way to enhance your winter shots. To photograph gently blurred streaks of snow, use a tripod and a long exposure to slow the snowflakes down. If you’re hoping to freeze the action, use a fast shutter speed on your Canon EOS 6D DSLR from Beachcamera.com.
Flash for fun
Try using your on-camera flash at dusk to highlight an object in the foreground. Using the flash at night while snow is falling can create round blobs of light for a truly artsy effect.
Play with white balance
Few images are more striking than pictures of freshly fallen snow. Unfortunately, the camera often tends to depict snow as blue or gray. To capture that fresh white color, you will need to adjust your white balance or even use the cloudy setting. Remember your white balance and exposure work together so be sure to adjust them both accurately to get the most from your winter images.
Black and white
A splash of color can add to a wintry scene, but some scenes are expressed best in shades of gray. Many winter subjects lend themselves to this monochrome technique such as winter landscapes, cloudscapes, melting icicles and snow-covered tree branches.
Capture macro snowflakes
One of the most striking types of winter photography is macro snowflake photography. To capture macro snowflakes, you’ll need to get closer than the 1:1 magnification ratio that macro lenses are capable of, so consider adding some extension tubes to your macro lens from Beachcamera.com.
Capture ice patterns
While snow is the order of the day during winter, don’t rule out ice as another great subject for your photos. Getting up close with your DSLR from Beachcamera.com and capturing the patterns found in the ice can make for some great winter images.
Photographing snowmen, snow ball fights, children playing or sledding are great ways to capture memories during this time of year. Shooting in the late afternoon sun will result in warmer images with a color cast on the snow. When used correctly it can help tell the wintry story.
Photograph some dramatic storms
If you’re near a lake or the ocean, you’re in an especially great position for capturing the power and beauty of a winter storm. Experiment with slow shutter speeds on your camera to capture blurred water and clouds with a misty look, or use a fast shutter speed to freeze the waves as they crash against the shore.
Winter can make photography challenging, but the rewards are worthwhile.