In the UK we’re good at making mountain out of molehill’s, and the reaction to snowfall is no exception to this rule. Rumours of mass road closure and the Emergency Services being stretched to breaking point were abound this morning, whilst BBC Breakfast News ran back-to-back stories regarding the “worst hit areas”. Worst hit areas translated into places with more than four inches of snow – imagine, four whole inches. How do Eskimos do it?
However, for those less inclined to wallow in panic and defeat, a thorough covering of snow presents a plethora of opportunities, not least of the photographic kind! So, with more snow forecast over the weekend, we thought it was high time for a round up of the Top Tips that will enable you to capture some stunning snowy scenes!
1. Add a splash of colour
Stand out from the crowd and look for brightly coloured objects to photograph. A beautiful forest wintry scene can be made more memorable by the bright red breast of a robin perched in the foreground.
2. Get up with the birds
Taking shots early in the morning means that you can take advantage of the softer light and see truer colours in your shots. Another plus is that the snow is more likely to be untainted by human or animal footprints. Photographs taken in first light or last light will have much warmer tones than those taken when the sun is high in the sky. Shots taken at midday will be quite blue and noticeably ‘cooler’ looking.
3. Expose just the right amount
When shooting in the snow, try overexposing by +1 (one stop). Snowy scenes which look bright and beautiful can end up looking rather dreary in the photo, overexposure will allow more light into the camera and deliver a well-lit image with more detail.
4. Get up close and personal
Frost, ice and snow itself can lead to gorgeous macro shots and for the best results you need to get as close to your subject as you possibly can. Snow covered branches, icicles, frosty foliage… whatever it is, get close and blur your background out, so the focus of the image is exactly where you want it to be. Many cameras have special macro functions; this is the time to use them.
5. Be low in the snow
Whether it’s a majestic fir-tree or a perfectly proportioned snowman, to give your subject the frame-presence it deserves, get down low and shoot up towards it. Even a tiny two-foot tall snowdwarf can look pretty impressive!
6. Keep warm
Like you, your camera and in particular your batteries, will start to perform slower in the cold weather. Make sure you carry a spare battery or two, and keep them in a pocket, so they keep warm in the heat from your body.
If you manage to get out and about this weekend and take some pictures in the snow, we'd love to hear from you and feel free to share them with us by commenting on our blog post! Happy shooting :-)