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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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