While it seemed like Spring was here for a few days, winter is back and if forecasts are right, we are going to get a good amount of snow. Those early peaks of Spring were definitely welcome for me, but I am looking forward to one more chance to capture a few snow photos. With, hopefully, our last snowfall of the winter, here are some tips to capture some snow photos.
Protect your camera
Cold weather can drain your camera battery much faster. So be sure to have a full charge before going outside. If you plan on using your camera while the snow is still falling (which can create some really nice pictures) be sure to protect it from the wetness and possible condensation from going from the warmth of your house to the freezing temps outside. Click here for an article on ways to protect your camera.
Near and Far
Snow sticking to tree branches, fences and everything else around can be very pretty. Be sure to take a few steps back and capture it all in the photo. Not only will it create a pretty backdrop but it will also show more of your location and how small your child is.
Yes, I just said take a step back but don’t forget to get close, real close. You not only want to remember the big picture, but you want to also capture the details so you can tell a complete story with your pictures.
With all the white around from the snow, your kids snow suits will provide a nice pop of color. Use that color to create contrast with the snow and the sky. Doing so will provide some nice depth to your pictures.
Glare of the Lights
If you venture out after the snow has stopped and the sun is shining, you are going to get a lot of reflection and possible glare off all the white snow. If it is also mid day, you could get a lot of squinting faces as well. A lot of camera lenses come with a lense hood. That will help take some of the glare from the sun away. To avoid those squinty eyes, you’ll want to make sure your kids aren’t facing the sun.
If you can bare the cold, the golden hour (the hour or so before the sun sets) is a great time to capture some snow fun photos. The warm light of the sun set really makes the snow sparkle and adds a special glow to the photos.
Manual Mode is the Best
To get the most out of your photos, you’ll want to be sure you are shooting in manual mode. Check out some past Your Life As Art blog posts for tips on learning manual mode. Using this mode on your camera will help you expose your photo properly with all the white around.
While it’s nice to get a pretty picture of your child smiling at the camera, be sure to let your kids have fun. They will enjoy it more and so will you. So snap that photo of them sledding, throwing snow, making snow angels and even trying to catch snow flakes.
If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment on my Facebook post.