For you photographers out there, don’t let the winter dreariness get you down. The winter season is an opportune moment for you to really showcase your creativity. The photographs below, taken by my husband, are some examples of how we utilized the beautiful winter landscape during our travels around the gorgeous, scenic places in Alberta.
In addition, here are some helpful advice on how to take care of your camera and gear when the weather drops down to 10 degree Celsius.
- Protect Your Camera from Condensation – Condensation occurs when there’s a sudden change in temperature from cold to warm. In order to protect your camera from moisture, you could bring a large Ziploc bag to put your camera in. Also, when you’re heading indoors (either to your car or your house) after taking pictures outside, ensure that you do not turn the heat up suddenly. Or better yet seal them up on a bag.
- Bring Extra Batteries – Battery life depletes faster when used in colder temperatures. So remember to bring extra batteries with you for your flash and camera. And keep them as close to your body where it’s warmer.
- Dress Warmly – Experiencing mild frostbite is a common occurrence during the winter, especially if you don’t dress accordingly, which in turn can keep you from taking the images you want to capture. I suggest that you pack some hand-warmer heat pads, which can be bought at your local pharmacy. You should also wear Thinsulate gloves and a thick pair of socks to keep both your hands and feet warm.
- Meter it Right – When the landscape you’re shooting is mostly covered in snow, make sure to dial in and add a stop or two to create proper exposure, rather than using average metering which is 18% grey. Using this technique will give you a more realistic image of the surrounding snow and portray it as pure white.
Lastly, don’t forget to share your images. So bundle up and enjoy shooting.