What to Photograph In December

December 11, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Whilst we have all of this fabulous snow try and get out with your camera at some point if you can.

If you can find a pristine untouched area, get in there and grab some shots before it has foot prints all over it.

Stay warm, your batteries wont last as long in this weather, so make sure you carry spares and also wrap up warm yourself. Keep your spare batteries in an inside pocket near your body to keep them warm.

Light can change quite quickly as it bounces off the snow and as sun comes out and then heads back off behind a cloud, so you may have to wait a little while for that perfect moment, but the moody light that you get from the cloudy snowy days is well worth photographing

Remember if you are shooting in Autofocus, your camera will struggle if everything is white - try and find something in the frame for it to focus on, otherwise put it into manual focus and set the distance you want to focus to on the lens.

If you are out taking photos whilst the snow is still falling, just try to keep it off your lens so as not to get blurred specs in your images.

If you are wanting to photograph the snow at dusk, you will need a tripod with a slower shutter speed - as above. You can up your ISO to get more light to hit the sensor and this will also enable you to have a faster shutter speed, but really to get a good quality image, put your camera on a tripod and use a slightly slower shutter speed and if you have a shutter release cable use one as this will stop any camera shake whilst you press the shutter. Below I focused on the trees and let the snow that was falling blur.

If your pets enjoy the snow,get out there with them and capture them in the snow too. (This is Eli, one of my huskies)

If you shoot your images RAW remember you can always brighten them a little in raw when you edit, if you prefer you can brighten the images whilst taking them - as your camera will try to darken the snow down, so up your exposure compensation by a stop or two if need be to stop it looking too grey.

If you are shooting the snow on a sunny day, you may want to try spot metering or partial metering to see if it handles the light better with the white of the snow.

Once you come back inside leave your camera to warm back up slowly, DON'T put it on a radiator or near the fire to warm back up.

Don't delete any of your images until you get back too, have a look at everything on your computer before you start deleting photos, so take plenty of memory cards out with you too - plus have fun :-)

The other things is always take a fully charged mobile phone with you and be careful not to wander onto any frozen water by accident.

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Thanks, Alex.

 


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