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Seven Easy Tips for Taking Winter Photos Like a Pro

Seven Easy Tips for Taking Winter Photos Like a Pro

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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