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Picture Taking Tips for Winter Weather

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Taking pictures in a winter wonderland comes with its own unique rules. The snow on the ground will brighten everything in the frame except for possibly your subject. If you are used to using the auto setting on your camera, your pictures will likely come out gray and dark. Here are some simple tips to making sure you get bright and colorful pictures in snowy conditions:

 

  • Take shots early or late in the day. You don’t want the sun to be overwhelming or too bright. The lights will be softer in the early morning or late afternoon. If it snowed overnight, an early morning shot will also give you a chance to shoot untouched snow.
  • If your camera allows you to change your exposure compensation, set the control to +1. This will overexpose the setting by 1 stop, allowing twice as much light into the photo.snowboarding
  • To sort of trick your camera, begin by focusing your camera on a darker object and press down halfway. Without lifting your finger, reposition your camera to get the shot you want and press down the rest of the way. Do this in order to meter the dark object instead of the snow.
  • If you’re looking to capture the kids sledding down a hill or maybe some fellow snowboarders while on vacation, use your camera’s “action” mode. If you’re trying to take still shots of frost on tree branches or snow on a pine cone, move in very close and use your camera’s “macro/close up” setting.
  • Be sure to capture several shots, especially if you’re using a digital camera and have the extra room. Snowy conditions can be very tricky. You may also consider a tripod if you’re solely looking for landscape shots.
  • This lighting will create unique views to your shots, so try to get shots of things noticeably colorful. This will add great life to your photo with a mostly white background.

Most people may be looking to stay indoors until spring comes, but if you’re willing to bare the cold temperatures, you could capture some really amazing pictures!

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  • by TITLE Boxing Club Brookfield
    Posted February 28, 2013 9:57 am 0Likes

    I had no idea why my pictures were not coming out very clear. This is very helpful information.

  • by ARCpoint Labs of Golden Valley
    Posted February 28, 2013 4:45 pm 0Likes

    Taking pictures in the winter snow can be very difficult. This will for sure improve my attempts to be to be a photographer.

  • by ARCpoint Labs of Columbia, SC
    Posted March 1, 2013 11:48 am 0Likes

    This article will really help out with my photography.

  • by Turn The Page Online Marketing
    Posted March 4, 2013 10:13 am 0Likes

    This will really help my pictures turn out a lot better. I have been having a lot of trouble getting the correct lighting for my shots.

  • by Franchise Marketing Group
    Posted March 6, 2013 12:54 pm 0Likes

    This is good advice for the aspiring photographer.

  • by Oltis Security Systems International
    Posted March 7, 2013 9:26 am 0Likes

    Thank you for the step by step guide to being a better photographer.

  • by BASIC Carpet Care
    Posted March 7, 2013 9:47 am 0Likes

    Very helpful tips. I cant wait to try this out for myself.

  • by OZ Preventive Medicine
    Posted March 7, 2013 1:01 pm 0Likes

    Excellent tips for any aspiring photographer.

  • by TITLE Boxing Club Corporate Headquarters
    Posted March 8, 2013 9:07 am 0Likes

    These photos tips will help out a lot of photographers that are trying to take pictures in these elements.

  • by Safer Smoke Supply
    Posted March 8, 2013 11:17 am 0Likes

    Being able to control the light for your shot can make or break your photos.

  • by David Wiesemann Remax
    Posted March 11, 2013 12:00 pm 0Likes

    These tips will hopefully help out my future pictures turn out better.

  • by Automated Controlled Systems
    Posted March 11, 2013 12:58 pm 0Likes

    After reading this article I am going to make sure I have my camera on the action settings when I take pictures of my daughter this summer when she is out on the swing set.

  • by A&D Heating and Cooling
    Posted March 12, 2013 4:19 pm 0Likes

    Great Tips that I will use next time I am out taking pictures.

  • by Premier Agent Marketing
    Posted March 12, 2013 10:21 pm 0Likes

    Their are some great tips for taking pictures in the winter time.

  • by National Property Management Group KC
    Posted March 12, 2013 11:45 pm 0Likes

    After reading this article I will be better prepare to take pictures in the snow.

  • by Cathryn Farley Photography
    Posted March 13, 2013 12:22 am 0Likes

    Great tips on Picture Taking for the Winter Weather.

  • by ARCpoint Labs of Jackson
    Posted March 13, 2013 8:47 am 0Likes

    I have always wanted to take more action shots with my photography. I hope these tips will help me out with that.

  • by US SolarG
    Posted March 13, 2013 5:32 pm 0Likes

    Great tip that you should take several pictures to insure you get the shot you want.

  • by Twin Fitness
    Posted March 14, 2013 1:38 am 0Likes

    Very helpful advice on how to take better pictures in the snow,

  • by ARCpoint Labs of Herndon
    Posted March 14, 2013 4:11 pm 0Likes

    Next time it snows I am going to use some of these tips to take better photos in the snow.

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