10 Tips for Winter Photography Fun

10 Tips for Winter Photography Fun

Winter is a great time to get and take photos—if you’re prepared.  Yes, you can safely use your camera outdoors in wintry weather.  And with these simple tips, you can have more fun and get better photos while enjoying winter.

Marie’s 10 Winter Photography Tips

  1. Dress properly.  It’s no fun to be cold.  Layers work well, even with your gloves and mittens. One of my favorite finds is a pair of lightweight sport gloves (I can’t tell you the brand because it’s not on the gloves, but I bought them at Costco) that are thin enough to wear underneath my heavy gloves but still keep my hands warm and allow me to operate the controls on my camera with my hands protected.
    snow photography attire
  2. Keep your camera warm.  Cold batteries are the cause of most camera problems.  Cold batteries fail more quickly. Keep your camera inside your coat when not using it, if possible.  Carry extra batteries and keep them in an inside pocket, as near to your body as possible to help keep them warm.  You may have to switch batteries more frequently.  When cold batteries warm up, they usually still work fine without a recharge.
    snow-covered tree limbs
  3. Keep your camera dry by using a plastic zipper bag with an opening for the lens, which you can secure with a rubber band.  If you’ve got the budget for it, you can buy special “rain gear” for your camera–it’s just as effective for snow.When you are done photographing, put your camera inside a plastic bag when you bring it inside to protect it from condensation as it warms up.  Leave it in the bag until it reaches room temperature; resist the temptation to download or look at your photos right away.  I know this is probably the hardest part of all, but it’s critical to a healthy camera.
  4. Snow will fool your camera’s light meter.  If you can adjust the exposure, open it up an extra stop on a sunny, snowy day so your snow photos don’t all come out too dark.
    children in the snow
  5. Use your flash to help compensate for even harsher shadows when photographing people outside in the snow and sun.
    girl with sled
  6. When photographing people, encourage them to wear bright colors which stand out wonderfully against the snow.
    sisters in the snow
  7. Get the family in action.  Snowboarding, skiing, sledding and snowball fights all make great photos.  Use the action mode on your camera if you don’t have manual settings.
    skiers on ski lift
  8. Look for close-ups of natural items in the snow—winter berries, pinecones, autumn leaves and rocks all look completely different covered in snow.
    rocks in the snow
  9. Head out–carefully–after a snow or ice storm.  Snow- and ice-covered objects, both natural and manmade make great subjects for artistic photographs.  If necessary, consider investing in a pair of SnowTrax for the bottom of your shoes to help with your grip on the ice.  A slip on the ice that breaks your camera could ruin your outing, but one that breaks your arm could ruin your winter.
    car headlight with ice
  10. If your camera has a macro or close-up feature, try photographing snowflakes and icicles for unique winter patterns.
    icicles on a staircase
  11. Have fun.  Experiment with colors, textures, patterns and exposure.  Winter is a season like no other for photography.
    frozen waterfallHave any questions about winter photography or about anything you see here?  Please leave your questions and feedback in the comment section below.
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    ____________________________________________________ marie leslieMarie Leslie is the chief Creative Genius at  Marie Leslie Media.  With 30 years experience as a professional writer, editor and photographer she has had work published in many regional and national magazines. Marie currently writes and teaches about business, photography & life, helping people to understand and make use of the ever-changing internet.  She offers WordPress blog design, set-up and optimization as well as photography, writing & social media services.

 

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  • January 10, 2012 at 11:27 am
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    Don’t forget “buy a Pentax K7/5.” They’re weather resistant (no need for plastic bags) and they’re good in the cold up to about -10f.

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  • December 29, 2011 at 10:30 am
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    Thanks for sharing this beautiful picture to us..I really appreciate it..

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  • December 18, 2011 at 11:37 pm
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    Thanks for sharing this wonderful tips to us..I really appreciate it..Hope you can post more..

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  • December 18, 2011 at 8:37 pm
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    Nice work, Marie! Your photos are great! I have a friend who does nature photography and will share this post. Thanks!

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  • December 18, 2011 at 5:00 am
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    The best photos always seem to be those that capture the grandeur of seemingly small moments and details. I have used your photography tips daily on my trip through Florence and Rome…thank you for helping me to see that photography is a lovely way to share an intimate moment, and a personal point of view.

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    • December 19, 2011 at 7:27 am
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      Wonderful, Rhonda. Can’t wait to see some more of those images from your amazing trip. I’m so glad I could help you find ways to make it even more memorable.

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  • December 17, 2011 at 7:42 pm
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    Wonderful tips, Marie. I love the photos, they are absolutely beautiful. I appreciate you, thank you 🙂

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  • December 16, 2011 at 7:23 pm
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    What beautiful photos, Marie. You always use such great angles… keep them coming, I love to go through them. x0x
    The LEARNED Preneur @ NormaDoiron.NET

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  • December 16, 2011 at 1:12 pm
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    Thanks for sharing not only the amazing TIPS, but also great photos! Love reading your posts Marie!

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  • December 15, 2011 at 2:23 am
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    Thanks for some Great tips! I was not thinking about winter time in this way and you opened up for more creativity.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 7:40 pm
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    I think my absolute favorite is number eleven. It looks like a waterfall frozen in mid-fall. Great photography, Marie!

    I love the tips – I haven’t ever had good luck getting my photography to work well in the bright white of a winter day!

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    • December 14, 2011 at 9:25 pm
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      That is exactly what it is, Katrina. I LOVE waterfalls–and frozen ones are even cooler. It still amazes me that waterfalls actually freeze like that.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm
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    These are some great tips. The shots are awesome!

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  • December 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm
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    Fantastic tips. I was out with a friend yesterday photographing and I’m slowly getting more accustomed to photography over time.

    We don’t see the drastic cold weather out here in Southern California, so luckily we aren’t faced with many of the concerns listed in this post.

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    • December 14, 2011 at 1:41 pm
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      It was definitely a big change for me, Edmund, to learn to photograph in cold country after spending most of my life in Southern California. Glad you’re enjoying your photographic adventures.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 12:51 pm
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    Great advice and even greater images! I especially love number 10. What am I looking at?

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    • December 14, 2011 at 1:42 pm
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      Thanks, Lorrie. #10 is the underside of a fire escape staircase following a week of freezing rain. One of my faves, too.

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  • December 14, 2011 at 8:23 am
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    lovely pictures! good reminder about the batteries…we seem to forget that the cold affects them…cell phones too!

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