Shooting Winter Landscapes

  • Carry only the essentials you will need. Loading your camera bag with every bit of equipment you own. Travel as light as possible if you are going to be outdoors photographing all day long. Traveling light will also help you save your energy. When hiking, climbing or crossing snow filled hills; a warm thermos and energy producing food will serve you much more than a extra camera equipment will.
  • Dress for Success – Proper clothing is essential. You need to be warm and comfortable when out in the weather shooting winter photographs. Winter weather can be brutal, so if you are planning a photography trip, always be prepared.
  • Keep an eye out for details: Things like Snow, icicles, ice covered objects and frost accentuate texture and atmosphere in your subjects. An early snowy or frosty morning is a great time for macro or close-up photography. These frosty mornings can also reveal patterns in landscapes. Be sure to watch your camera placement carefully: If you are photographing in early morning experiment with photographing it at different angles to the sun – this can give your images heavy shadows adding extra mood to your landscape photographs, also pay attention to the foreground in your photos which will add depth to your image.
  • Pay Careful attention to your Exposure: Snow and ice can fool your cameras exposure meter and are more difficult to expose properly than normal scenes. Take light readings from snow will often read the scene as an underexposed image. Most camera or hand held meters will read the snow as a greytone so it is a good idea to bracket your exposures. When bracketing exposures add 1 – 2 stops of light to compensate for your light meter reading. Using an 18% grey card should also give you a more accurate light reading.