If you’re planning to roam around in winter. Don’t forget to carry your camera with you. Because here you’ll going to get some great tips on winter photography.
1. Search and Decide your route
Searching and deciding your route ahead of time will help you make an idea of which particular locations will look good in snow. Winter photography is not about taking pictures of snow, it’s all about taking picture of the places that looks good in snow. You can always explore and roam around you decided route though.
Have an idea of the places that will look good in snow. Let your imagination work and take a picture with imagination itself. This will help you target your subjects which can be a house or a bridge or a train station.
2. Prepare your Clothing and required equipment
Photographing in snow is a bit hard task to do which needs a lot of precautions. First thing to do is to forget about fashion and prepare all the required clothing ahead of time so the storm or snow hits the ground; you just put everything on and leave the house.
Using the warmest gloves will be preferable but at the same time they are very much irritating in photographing because they are too bulky to handle. Using two thin layer gloves can work fine. They are not that warm but they do the job.
Going out in the snow needs care of your whole body. Make sure to wear proper snow boots while going out. Also, two layers of sweater and pants are recommended accompanied with a powerful jacket with a hood. Hoods works like a charm while going out in the middle of the storm. It is also recommended to have some chemical warmers if temperature goes way far down.
3. Prepare your camera.
Digital cameras now days are way tough but still you gotta take a little care while working in a drastic change of temperature. Some of the precautions I choose to work with are:
1. Don’t change the lens while out in the field. You might not want to take a risk of moisture getting inside your camera and on your sensor. I would use probably a 18-135mm or 24-105mm lens.
2. Give your camera a little time to adjust with the temperature. Make sure you don’t put you camera directly into -20 C from room temperature. Sense a theme here. Drastic change of temperature may harm your camera. Same thing applies while coming back to home. Make sure that temperature of your camera is increasing gradually.
3. Other thing I would recommend is a protector. Lots of them are available online. Speaking from personal experience, almost each one of them screwed up in snow. I would recommend a handmade protector which is pretty much comfortable to your hand to operate the camera.
4. When to go?
Well, this one little question is challenging photographers all the time. Some of them choose to go out in the middle of the storm while the snow is still falling and some of them choose to go out very next moment the snow fall is off. Both the choices have their own pros. If you ask me, I would like to experience both the situation.