Winter is often a photographer’s favourite season. The muted low lights and coating of frost of an early morning or evening can produce stunning images. Here are some tips to get the best results from your outdoor photography this winter.
Wrap up warmly, with thermal layers, and a hat and scarf, because you will be spending some time in one place, and get colder than you would on a regular walk. Buy some fingerless gloves, or those designed with touchscreen sensitive tips, to allow you to operate the camera. Take a flask of hot tea or coffee if you are planning a longer trip.
Look for reflections in water
On windless days in winter, bodies of water can have a wonderful stillness which can reflect a changeable moody sky. This can be especially stunning if there is a thin layer of ice on the water to keep it static, and glimmers of sunshine showing through an early morning mist. Frame the shot with some frosted details in the foreground.
If it is exceptionally cold, frozen waterfalls, fountains, and icicles hanging from urban buildings make for magical subjects. Remember to take care around frozen lakes and rivers, as ice can be deceptively thin.
Capture snow scenes
Snowy scenes are the perfect opportunity for a photographer to show off their skills. The snow unifies and transforms a familiar landscape into something more otherworldly. Use a wide-angled lens if possible, and adjust the exposure to make sure the snow is bright and not a muted grey.
Capture sunrise shots
One of the advantages of winter is that the sun rises late, so you don’t need to get up in the middle of the night to shoot the sun coming up. If there are no special wintery conditions, you can make the most of the opportunity to take some seasonless dawn shots. If you are still prepared to get up early, you could travel to the coast for some dramatic seascapes.
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