Winter Photography Tips

Icy roads, freezing temperatures, dead batteries and unbearable wind chill are just some of the many joys we have living here, in Alberta. But once in awhile, you can’t help but look around and think how beautiful everything looks under fresh fallen snow… The way it accumulates on the branches and how it seems like you can stare off into the landscape and see white forever. Those are the days you need to grab your camera and get out and capture something that you could never capture in one of those lame tropical countries that are just boring sandy beaches all year round. (dare to dream!)

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Now that I have you feeling all inspired to capture the beautiful scene around you, shooting in the winter is not without a few challenges- preparation is key.

  1. Grab extra batteries! Nothing sucks your battery power quite like the cold.
  2. Use the biggest memory card you can find so you can save your freezing fingers the challenge of changing it out later on.
  3. Be smart with your gear and don’t shock it with sudden temperature changes. Coming directly inside from a -25 afternoon feels like a warm hug to us but your camera might hold a grudge. You could wind up with condensation in your camera or lenses so, acclimate your gear slowly afterward to avoid costly problems.

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Get Creative

Ever stare at a beautiful winter scene, take a photo and realize that you just didn’t do the scene justice? It winds up looking flat and boring? A great way to add some dimension to your winter scene is to practice shooting with a shallow depth of field- if you’re unfamiliar with this, we cover it in our class Using Your DSLR Camera. Also, try adding something interesting to the foreground, maybe a splash of color or, instead of trying to capture the entire landscape around you, focus on something small.

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If you’re every feeling starved for inspiration or you want to connect with other photographers, join us for a photo walk! This is a great way to practice and reinforce the principles learned in class. Have fun! Be sure to share your winter photos with us on instagram, @thecplc!

 

One Response to “Winter Photography Tips”
  1. Susan

    I love winter photos! I use a ziplock bag to keep my camera safe as it adjust to the weather. The condensation happens on the outside, so it’s perfect!


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