Once the summer ends, the mind immediately runs towards the next holidays and the many possibilities offered at our photographic eye, by this time off. It could be possible that the next long period of vacations will be on winter photography time, more or less including Christmas and new year’s celebrations.
Indeed winter with all its peculiarities, like snowflakes, light colors and reflections on the snow, offers many photographic possibilities to both amateurs and professionals. But before going outside and shooting the whole day through snow and low temperatures, we want to suggest you something you have to take into consideration in this case.
Our first suggestion involves you: consider your clothes! Photography is a nice activity but as we all know, it requires a bit of commitment and long time waiting for perfect conditions; in winter walking outside for a long time could be unpleasant, so don’t forget to dress appropriately by wearing waterproof boots, a warm jacket and indeed… gloves!
Using the camera wearing them, though, could be hard, so we suggest you to use a thin pair of gloves with rubber fingertips when shooting, and if necessary, to wear another warmer pair when walking.
As you can suffer cold, the camera can experience exactly the same! It is absolutely necessary to have an easily-accessible, waterproof bag to carry the camera inside to keep both, device and batteries, protected and warm.
Moreover, we strongly discourage you to put the camera inside your clothing to warm it: the humid and hot temperature inside the jacket could create condensation that could damage the camera, above all in its electronic components!
Snow can be perceived as too bright from the camera and for this reason pictures can result dark and flat; to avoid this effect it is necessary to put your camera on manual mode and compensate aperture and shutter speed according to our needs.
What is more, as we always suggest, shoot more than one single picture. Move, go from horizontal to vertical and change some settings; once home you will be able to judge and choose your favorite shot eliminating all the other versions!
Differently from human eye, a camera can perceive snow with a slight gray tint. To bypass this reaction and try to obtain an “optical white” effect try to overexpose a bit your picture to obtain a little more light and avoid that medium bright tone. Moreover, consider that during a bright sunny day getting a satisfactory image of the snow could be tough, but results can easily improve during a cloudy day!
Finally, for once, shooting at night could be very easy and satisfactory! The lights reflected on the snow together with the high contrast with the dark sky can offer stunning pictures.
Indeed, even in the early morning the effect of the weak light of the sun can offer incredible, impressive landscapes!