Not all of us are seeing snow just yet, and some of us won’t see it at all this year, but in a number of places it’s already started to show up in the environment. This video from landscape photographer Andy Mumford brings us 7 tips for shooting beautiful wintery landscapes
Although most of us probably won’t ever get the chance to photograph mountain hares in the snow, it’s an interesting concept. It’s the opposite of shooting somebody in a black suit on a black background. Although, the principles are pretty much the same. The only real differences are that out in the wilderness with hares, you don’t get much control over the lighting and they don’t take direction very well.
Landscape and wildlife photography YouTube channel, NatureTTL took a trip to the Cairngorms in Scotland to go find mountain hares to photograph. While they are the typical brown colour during the summer, in winter they turn white, making them quite difficult to spot. But spot them they did, and came away with some great photographs.
It’s that time of year when the snowy portraits come back in a big way. It can often be difficult to predict exactly when the snow will happen in many parts of the world, though. And even if you do know that snow is coming, it can sometimes be impossible to shoot in comfortably.
The default backup is to shoot in the studio and create fake snow in Photoshop, but it doesn’t always look realistic. And that’s how photographer Brandon Adam feels. So in this video, he shows us how to photograph real snow for use in compositing to make studio shots look like they were made outdoors.
If you go out on a shoot in the rain or in the snow, you;d better make sure your gear is protected. I mean Cameras, strobes and water don’t mix well together. I know Ilko does a nylon bag thingy when he goes out in the rain, and now, I see Manny Ortiz doing a similar thing in the snow.
They both use a plastic bag to protect strobes. (Well, Manny also uses a collapsible wescott brolli to hide from the rain).
I wonder if this nylon thing is common for shooting in harsh conditions. My hacker brains tells me it’s a great idea, then my skeptic brain is worried about color shifts, heat building up and nylon melting on the strobes.
Winter is a beautiful time of year and offers many opportunities for amateurs and pros alike to hone their skills and capture some great images. Whether you have a simple point-and-shoot or an advanced dSLR, there is something for everyone in this list.[Read More…]