So you're heading to the snow and want to take some pictures?? You've come to the right place!
First thing first, let’s talk gear! I love the saying, "the best camera is the one that's with you.” It is not necessary to go out and buy the industry's best equipment to take amazing photos! Whatever you have will get the job done!
So now that we got the gear covered, let’s talk about getting some shots in the snow! The one thing about shooting in the snow is the temperature. Lithium-ion batteries tend to drain a lot faster in cold climates. So it's always a good idea to bring extra batteries or an external charger. Pro Tip: If you plan on being out long and think you will be pretty tight on power, carrying hand-warmers and using them near the camera or batteries will help keep them warm, and therefore the batteries will also last longer!
Now we're ready to shoot! If you're traveling with loved ones, candid shots and portraits make for some great photos! Capture a moment in time and go back to that memory anytime you want! What stands out from ordinary pictures, especially in the snow, is our clothing colors. Since the color of snow is already a "blank" canvas, vibrant colors work best. If you like wearing black, bring a colored jacket to take some pictures in. It does make a difference!
Lighting is always important, but the snow does come with its challenges. If it’s a cloudy day, you can shoot anywhere, and the pictures will come out unique. The clouds soften the light coming from the sun, which can be harsh, especially in the snow, because it acts as a reflector. If you've ever stood in the snow on a very sunny day and had a hard time keeping your eyes open, you will know what I am talking about! So if we are not fortunate enough to be out on a cloudy day, the next alternative is to find some shade. The shade will avoid harsh lighting on the subject. Another approach would be to plan your pictures around the sunrise and sunset; the sun’s direction allows for softer lighting and, at times, for some unique backgrounds with the colors it produces!
If you plan on shooting landscape photos, the sunrise and sunset will give you the best chance of capturing something unique. It is also essential to consider the direction the sun will rise or set on your landscape. That will give you a better chance to plan and compose your shot. Sometimes we’re inclined to shoot directly at the sun. Sometimes that produces a great image. More often than not, it will create a harsh lighting situation and darken the foreground too much to the point where there won’t be any detail. The right approach will be to shoot in the sun’s direction, light up the sky and the foreground evenly, and if the conditions are right, produce a fantastic shot!
Lastly, you just want to practice, practice, practice. You will develop your style and preferences the more you shoot. So to wrap things up, the tips here are keeping your devices powered up, use colored clothing in your candid and portrait shots, find soft lighting, and know the direction of the sun during sunrise/sunset! I hope this blog has helped some of you; if so, please be sure to share this! I’ll be doing it more frequently! Thanks for tuning in!