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Tips for Winter Photography

If you’re in the Midwest or Northeastern part of the U.S., chances are…you were absolutely burried in snow over the past few days. Your perfect winter photo could come from the recent winter storm, Hercules. Here are some basic tips for your winter photo excursions!

1. Carry extra batteries close to your body and rotate them throughout the shoot. Batteries can lose power pretty darn fast when temperatures drop. Keeping some extra batteries in your pockets that are close to your body can help you keep some extra juice for your outing.

2. Lighting is very important for any photo shoot, however, it’s even more important when there’s snow on the ground. Keeping the sun at a right angle will ensure you get the best possible shot. Early morning at sunrise and early evening just before dusk are the best times to shoot as with most times of the year.

3. Exposure is another factor considering snow is indeed white…some cameras have snow mode that will automatically adjust your camera to optimal settings. If you don’t have a snow setting, over-exposing by +1 or +2 usually does the trick, take a few shots to see what’s working for you.

4. Don’t shoot strictly when the weather is tolerable. Get out when it’s windy and snow is whipping in your face or when there’s a soupy dense fog. Extreme weather conditions can provide some of the most dramatic photos you take all year!

5. Wear waterproof boots, warm mittens with finger tips and LAYER…it seems obvious, but having these are essential to keep your body from folding during your outing. Make sure to have a good pair or boots (and socks) so that your feet do not get wet, as soon as your feet are wet…it’s over. Mittens with finger tips allow you to keep somewhat warm while snapping photos, exposing raw skin can lead to frostbite during extremely low temperatures. Make sure when you layer to remove some while you’re trudging through the snow (you may want to bring a sled to carry your gear), sweating can really make you cold once you stop moving and start shooting…when you start shooting from a fixed location, that’s when you want to add your jacket.

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