Winter is a magnificent season, but capturing the beauty of snow is a tricky task. Professionals use a variety of specialized techniques and photo equipment to make the excellent shots that grace the pages of the National Geographic and other magazines. However, everyone can take an amazing winter photo if they know a few simple tricks.
1. Add color to your shot.
For all the majestic beauty of the season, there is no arguing that wintertime is bleak. However, leafless trees and pristine snow serve as a perfect background because they make bright colors stand out beautifully. Dress to stand out in the setting where you plan to take the shot and always wear clothes that would complement your skin when it’s flushed with frost.
2. Focus on composition.
There are hundreds of standard winter pictures. To make one that stands out you need to develop a new, artful composition. Experiment with subject placement and let your imagination run wild. As digital cameras don’t have the limitations of film, you can afford to take multiple shots. Sometimes it’s the pictures that seem to have failed when you take them that turn out to be the best.
3. Get winter makeup for a selfie.
Everyone who has tried taking a selfie knows that it isn’t easy. As you are the main object of the shot and your face is very close up, you need to ensure that you look fantastic. Girls who prefer heavy makeup definitely need to discard this idea, especially to take a picture in the falling snow. Both men and women can rely on a radiant flush from the frost. It makes you look charming and can enhance natural beauty. However, to take the perfect selfie you need to define your eyes, so a bit of mascara is recommended. You can set off the blush beautifully by wearing an accessory (scarf and/or hat) in soft pink or rosy-beige.
4. Play around with your camera’s white balance.
If your camera allows, put the “white” setting on “Cloudy Day”. This will allow you to avoid the unappealing bluish hue that often appears when taking day pictures with lots of snow and reflected sunlight. Some cameras today have a specialized setting for this kind of weather.
5. Fight the shadows with a flash.
An automatic flash will not go off if you are taking a picture on a sunny winter day, so you’ll have to turn it on manually. Using this trick will allow you to disperse deep shadows that may otherwise ruin the shot.
6. Let the snowflakes blur.
Shooting falling snow is an art, but even the best professionals cannot make every single snowflake distinct. What you need to aim for is to take a shot where the flakes directly in front of the subject look clear and sharp. A partial blur of the others may add charm to the picture.
7. Keep your camera cold.
Have you ever worn glasses outdoors when it’s cold? They fog up immediately once you get inside a warm environment. Your camera lens will react the same way, so keep it out of your pocket and don’t try to warm it up to make the batteries last longer. If necessary, take out the batteries and put them into your clothing, close to the body.
Take Amazing Winter Photos in Beautiful Weather.
Using the natural resources of a winter setting such as flushed cheeks, soft snow, and reflected light can help you take amazing photographs during the day. However, remember that sunlight doesn’t last long during this season, and you won’t be able to take really remarkable shots on an overcast day without using a top-quality camera and specialized flashes. Therefore, plan your shoot for a sunny day and make it quick!