Winter photos can be hauntingly beautiful. Snowy landscapes, frozen water, bare tree branches… There are countless winter scenes worth photographing.
However, cold weather can also be tough to shoot photos in. Besides getting frozen fingers, you might struggle with poor lighting, bland colors, and dead batteries. These conditions can make you feel like going back inside, but stick with it! Getting excellent winter photos takes practice.
Winter demands more preparation, too. Unlike summer, when you can stroll outside with just your camera, you’ll need a few more supplies to thrive in winter. To start with, you’ll probably want waterproof clothes, so you won’t get wet if you have to kneel or lay down.
Special gloves are nice to have, too. Some photographers wear two sets of gloves. They have a thin pair for shooting, covered with a thick pair between shots. Other photographers use fingerless ones, like these from Igloos.
Extra batteries are another must-have. Keep them someplace warm, like inside your coat, so the cold won’t drain them. For more gear tips, check out this post about cold weather gear for photography.
Besides clothing and supplies, you’ll need to learn how to best shoot winter scenery. In particular, snow can be a real challenge. It’s one of the most stunning and most frustrating winter subjects. For some guidance, check out these tips for shooting in the snow.
Finally, when you get home, make sure to let your camera warm up slowly. Put it somewhere cool first, like a windowsill or cellar, before storing it in a warm room. This slow warmup will help prevent condensation and keep your camera in good shape for longer.
Once you’ve learned how to work with winter conditions, a new world of photographic possibilities opens up. Even with difficult lighting or weather, winter can be a lot of fun for photographers. For inspiration, check out these awesome shots from our Flickr group. Then, get outside and get your own wonderful shots of winter!