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.


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!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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