Tips to take better photos in the snow

Wintertime brings snow and host of fun outdoor activities.  If you live where it snows or can travel to an area with snow there is a good chance you will have plenty of opportunities to get some great photos.  Winter and snow do present some challenges for photographer. Here we lay out a few tips for you.

Set your white balance properly

Snow is bright and it reflect sunlight pretty well. A camera’s sensor sees that white reflective snow and does not always handle its white balance properly. Often too dark or bluish.some camera have a specific “snow” white balance setting. If it does use it. If there is no snow setting then try shooting with a manual white balance and then set it to ensure the snow is white. White balance has nothing to do with exposure so use ISO, aperture, and shutter speed to get the proper exposure.

Shoot in RAW

We recommend learning to always shoot in RAW. The snow is no exception. Snowy conditions, especially with a bright sky, gives you extremes when it comes to lighting. The sky may be overexposed while the shaded area of a tree is under exposed. Shooting in RAW gives you a better chance of recovering those areas. Also in RAW you can more easily adjust you white balance so our first tip becomes less important.

Winterize your equipment

Winter weather can be harsh on your camera. Prepare your gear for the conditions. Is your camera weather sealed? Does it plan on raining or snowing? Be prepared to get your camera out of the weather is needed. I love ThinkTank Photo bags because they all come with a rain cover just in case.

Batteries lose power more quickly in cold weather so bring a backup. Keep your backup in your pants pocket so when you need it, it’s warm.

When moving your equipment from cold to warm conditions try to let it warm up slowly. Warming up too quickly can cause condensation inside your camera and lenses.

Shoot for contrast and color

Winter condition are after void of vivid colors. Use that to your advantage. Shooting someone in bright clothes against a white snowy background can really make the colors pop. Think about colors, shapes, contrasting shades. Black and white photography after looks good in the snow.

Winter lightwinter offers some bring you some wonderful light especially in the morning and evening times. It can also be very challenging. Midday sunlight with bright white snow can be very tricky to photograph in. Think about using your flash. Yes bring in more light. Exposing properly for the snow and using a flash to properly expose your subject can make for a very nice photo.