Whether you like winter or not, you can’t deny that snowy landscapes are among the most photogenic sights in the world. Snow is a real treat for every landscape photographer, but it comes with its challenges and special requirements if you plan to go out and shoot.
In this video, Toma Bonciu gives you five quick tips to remember if you’re heading out to shoot in the snow. So, before you get dressed and pack your gear, check them out and keep them in mind.
1.Compensate exposure: Your camera will try to expose the snow “correctly,” which makes it appear more grey than bright white. So, make sure to overexpose your images by at least one stop.
2.Always use a tripod: To your eyes, the snow may appear very bright even on an overcast day. However, your camera sees it a bit differently and needs a slower shutter speed to expose your images correctly. To avoid camera shake and hence blurry photos, always use a tripod.
3.Set correct white balance: shooting snow can be tricky because we set the white balance based on the weather. Because of this, the snow can appear yellowish or blueish in the images. Make sure to account for that in post-processing and set the white balance so that your sow looks nice, clean, and white.
4.Find the perfect moment: the perfect moment to take photos in winter is the morning after the snowfall. The trees and leaves will still have snow on them; it won’t be melted or blown away by the wind.
5.Clothing, food, and water: last but not least, make sure you’re well-equipped for a day in the snow, and I’m not talking only about camera equipment here. Dress well and keep warm: wear layers of clothes so you can add or remove them as needed. Wear good shoes, gloves, and a hat. Bring enough water and some easy-to-carry food like protein bars or nuts.
Here in the Balkans (and this includes both Toma and me) we’ve only now seen the first proper snow this winter. Sadly, the snow melted here in Serbia before I had a chance to go out and shoot. I’m hoping for at least one more snowfall, and if you have some tips for shooting in the snow – feel free to drop them in the comments!
[5 Quick Tips for Winter Landscape Photography | Photo Tom]