It’s that time again when we get to burn off those holiday pounds by trudging through the snow to capture those stunning winter shots. In this article, I want to share with you a few, fairly uncommon tips that I often use, which can make the difference between an average snow photo and an epic one.
The purpose of a vignette is to keep the eyes from falling off the edge of an image and to lead the eyes back to the center of it.
I’m usually one to hold back a bit when retouching photos, but for winter captures I often throw all of that out the window. When you photograph in the middle of a snowstorm, the photos will often come out grey and lack contrast and will have the streaks of snow that will give the capture a painterly texture and quality. If you’ve got a photograph with a lot of white snow and especially one where you have add a white vignette, further emphasize the look by adding a white mat and white frame to it. When the light levels go down, the contrast between the white of the snow and the dark of everything else becomes further emphasized. I got stuck in a giant storm in Chicago last year, Of course, I had to make the best of it.
A classic case for HDR where there are subtle tones but care with the whites which may come out grey. This one was from the first snow storm of this winter season, which happened to be a football playoff night! I must admit, I’ve never actually seen a photo with a white vignette that I actually like until now.
I rarely get the opportunity to photograph in snow since South Carolina gets a significant snowfall about every four years. After the snow has just fallen, scenery can be beautiful, before the snow gets marred with footprints and tire tracks.
The photography tips listed in this six article set serve to underline a vital point: water is, indeed, an ideal photo subject! Remember, to tap its visual possibilities you just need to get past the barrier of familiarity. We are always looking for more interesting and insightful photography tips and techniques to share with our readers. Some photographers choose to hide their camera during the winter season and who can blame them?
Shooting in the snow can bring up some testing challenges, but challenges often produce the best of everything, even in photography. It’s also a good idea to bring lots of extra batteries because the cold weather can drain them pretty fast. The advantage of taking pictures in the fresh snow is that you have a white and striking background; the problem is that snow is highly reflective so your pictures might come out as too overexposed.


When it starts to snow then this can also be a good chance to create even more breathtaking pictures. If you really want to capture falling snow at its best then shoot at the earliest time possible, as long as you get the right amount of natural light that you need, and you will also notice how the rising sun creates interesting lines which will greatly improve the final look of your photos.
Look for frosted branches, snow on the trees, frozen water, or anything that offers great patterns and textures.
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If I hadn’t seen that photo, I probably would have let my personal bias keep me from trying it. In the image of the stuck cab, retain the color in the cab and the American flags and throw everything into black and white.
Snow scenes are especially beautiful to see at sunrise and sunset when the snow takes on the colors from the sky. For example, if a large wet flake snow fall is predicted and wind will accompany it, forecast to drop off to calm before the snow stops, you might have the makings of an unusual snow scene. It’s almost everywhere and, in line with the seasons, it readily provides a nearly endless number of ways at almost any time to take fresh and interesting images for overcoming the photo doldrums. He authored this article, which is one of a set of six on “Photography Tips For the Photo Doldrums” providing tips to break the grip of the photo doldrums using the ideal photo subject.
Low temperatures, especially below zero, can cause frostbite, plus it can also damage your camera.
For this article, we are going to tackle those challenges as well as some great tips to create beautiful and stunning winter-like images. A heavy jacket with a zipper would be a good choice because you can keep your camera near your body when you are not shooting to stop it from freezing up. Keep your spares in a pocket near to your body so they can remain toasty warm or just leave them inside your car wrapped in a blanket. As your camera sees the eternal whiteness of snow plus the blaring sunlight, the camera tends to produce a bluish to grayish tint when set in auto mode. The simple falling of snow is already wonderful but you can add a touch of drama to your images by setting your camera to a long exposure shot.
Another advantage of shooting at an early time is that any virgin frost wouldn’t have melted yet so set your alarm clock and wake up before the sun melts all the crystals away. Snow can look pretty bland so don’t hesitate to add some detail to make your picture more interesting. Now that I’ve shared with you some excellent tips you can now pick up your camera, go outside, and try them out for yourself.
Although I like both the before and after snow scene I like how you used the white vignette because it ended up putting the emphasis on the middle of the photo and made those trees the focus to draw the eye even more to the couple.


The wind will paste the wet falling snow to the exposed vertical surfaces and then, when it drops off to calm, allow the snow to come straight down onto every exposed horizontal surface. Get outside immediately after a fresh snowfall and locate a scene without tire tracks or footprints just at sunrise and shoot it. If you can get outside during a storm to a location in a park with evergreen trees or a large number of deciduous trees along the shore of a pond or lake, shoot with a slow shutter speed or else make a double exposure of the scene: one exposure in focus, the other out of focus, for an unusual picture. But what those photographers may not realize is that creating images in the cold present unique opportunities. Choose gloves that will fully protect your fingers from frostbite, but also make sure that it will give you the right amount of freedom to use your equipment. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that bringing a moist camera into the cold can freeze up the body, the lens, and fog up the LCD.
Spare memory cards can also come in handy because some card brands don’t work well in the cold. By doing so, you will take better pictures and get to experiment with different aperture and shutter speed combinations. The reason behind this is that the camera sees too much brightness and it responds by making the very white to grayish or bluish.
You can start with a one stop overexposure just to get the feel of it and then you can move to 1.5 to 2 or 3 depending on the weather and whether you are already feeling comfortable in overexposure or not. Using the flash can also highlight subjects that would appear much darker due to a white background of snow behind them. This can be done by having a slower shutter speed so you may want to carry your tripod to prevent camera shake.
Just remember that safety is always first, protect your gear, take a lot of shots, and come inside the house every now and then for some hot coco and mallows. Walking through the scenery in the direction the wind was moving yields a snowscape that looks much like a black and white negative. Make sure that your camera is moisture free by putting them in air tight zip-lock bags with a dry towel inside. The zip-lock bag will facilitate the gradual change of temperature while the dry towel will suck out any remaining moisture.
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